Hon. Joshua D. Wright

Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law

Professor of Law Joshua D. Wright is the Director of the Global Antitrust Institute and holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Economics.  On January 1, 2013, the U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed Professor Wright as a member of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), following his nomination by President Obama to that position. He rejoined George Mason University School of Law as a full-time member of the faculty in Fall 2015.

Professor Wright is a leading scholar in antitrust law,  economics, intellectual property, and consumer protection, and has published more than 70 articles and book chapters, co-authored a leading antitrust casebook, and edited several book volumes focusing on these issues. Professor Wright also served as Co-Editor of the Supreme Court Economic Review, a Senior Editor of the Antitrust Law Journal,and an Editor of the International Review of Law and Economics.  Professor Wright's teaching and interests include Antitrust, Contracts, Law and Economics, the intersection of Intellectual Property and Antitrust, and Quantitative Methods.

Wright previously served the Commission in the Bureau of Competition as its inaugural Scholar-in-Residence from 2007 to 2008, where he focused on enforcement matters and competition policy.  Wright’s return to the FTC as a Commissioner marked his fourth stint at the agency, after having served as an intern in both the Bureau of Economics and Bureau of Competition in 1997 and 1998, respectively.

Wright received his J.D. from UCLA in 2002, his Ph.D. in economics from UCLA in 2003, and graduated with honors from the University of California, San Diego in 1998.  He is a member of the California Bar.

  • B.A., University of California, San Diego
  • J.D., University of California, Los Angeles
  • Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

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Publications and Multimedia
An Afternoon with Former FTC Commissioner Josh Wright - Podcast
Corporations, Securities & Antitrust Practice Group Podcast
September 24, 2015
Net Neutrality Meets Regulatory Economics 101
Engage Volume 16, Issue 2
September 08, 2015
The FTC and FCC: Regulatory Overlap - Podcast
Telecommunications & Electronic Media Practice Group Podcast
May 15, 2015
The Regulatory Reach of the FTC, and its International Implications - Event Audio/Video
Patents and Innovation: Addressing Current Issues
December 04, 2014
2014 Paul M. Bator Award Presentation - Event Audio/Video
2014 Annual Student Symposium
March 25, 2014
Intellectual Property, Free Markets and Competition Policy - Event Audio/Video
2013 National Lawyers Convention
November 20, 2013
Is Government a Friend or Foe of Innovation? - Event Audio/Video
First Annual Executive Branch Review Conference
June 13, 2013
The FTC and the Internet - Event Audio/Video
New York City Lawyers Chapter
January 18, 2011
Expanding FTC’s Rulemaking and Enforcement Authority
New Federal Initiatives Project
May 26, 2010
Reverse Payment Settlements and Upcoming Congressional Action
New Federal Initiatives Project
August 20, 2009
Antitrust Pricing War: Congress v. the Court
New Federal Initiatives Project
June 19, 2009