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FTC Commissioner Joshua Wright To Rejoin George Mason University School of Law

The Honorable Joshua D. Wright, whose resignation as Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) was announced earlier today, will rejoin George Mason University School of Law as a full-time member of the faculty in Fall 2015. Wright returns to the Mason Law community following a distinguished tenure with the FTC, where he recently served as the driving force behind new guidelines concerning the Unfair Methods of Competition provisions of Section 5 of the FTC Act.

Wright will be returning to his role as Professor of Law, and will serve as Director of the Global Antitrust Institute, where he will oversee Mason Law’s global programs for antitrust judges and antitrust enforcement authorities.  The Global Antitrust Institute is a division of the Law & Economics Center.

Joshua D. Wright
Joshua D. Wright

"I am pleased to announce my return to Mason from the Federal Trade Commission,” said Wright. “Mason is a unique law school with a tremendous faculty, a commitment to law and economics that is unequaled in legal education, and the best antitrust faculty in the country." 

Wright holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Economics from UCLA, and is a graduate of the UCLA School of Law, where he was a managing editor of the UCLA Law Review. Following school, he clerked for the Honorable James V. Selna of the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

Wright joined the Mason Law faculty in 2004, where his teaching and scholarship focused on antitrust, consumer protection, contracts, law and economics, quantitative methods, and intellectual property. Wright was sworn in as FTC Commissioner on January 1, 2013, following his nomination by President Obama to the position. In 2014, he was awarded the prestigious Paul M. Bator Award by the Federalist Society, which recognizes academics under 40 who have demonstrated excellence in legal scholarship, a commitment to teaching, a concern for students, and who have made a significant public impact.

“We are honored to have Josh back as a full-time member of the faculty,” said Dean Henry N. Butler. “Professor Wright is viewed as the leading antitrust law and economics scholar of his generation, and he is also an extremely accomplished empirical economist. Josh could have had his pick among several higher-ranked law schools, but he decided to come home to Mason because he appreciates our steadfast commitment to rigorous and practical research built on our law and economics tradition. On behalf of the faculty and staff, I thank Josh for his public service and welcome him back to George Mason University School of Law.”