Wayne State University
Stephen Calkins
Stephen Calkins
Professor of Law
Room 3201
(313) 577-9312


J.D., Harvard Law School
B.A., Yale University


Professor Stephen Calkins returned to Wayne Law in fall semester 2015 after being on leave since 2011. During his leave, Calkins served as a member of The Competition Authority of Ireland and director of its Mergers Division and later as a member of the melded Competition and Consumer Protection Commission of Ireland. He also served as an adjunct professor at University College Dublin Sutherland School of Law.

From 2008 to 2011, Calkins served as Wayne State University's associate vice president for academic personnel, while continuing to teach at Wayne Law on a limited basis.

From 1995 to 1997, he served as general counsel of the Federal Trade Commission, a position to which he was nominated by FTC Chairman Robert Pitofsky. At Wayne Law, Calkins taught courses and seminars that drew on this experience - Antitrust and Trade Regulation, and Consumer Law - plus Torts and occasionally Corporations. He has taught at the universities of Michigan, Pennsylvania and Utrecht (The Netherlands) and served as Wayne Law's interim dean.

Calkins is in demand as a speaker, annually delivering many presentations on competition and consumer law and policy to governmental, professional and academic audiences across the United States and overseas. Before joining The Competition Authority of Ireland, he consulted with federal, state and foreign governmental agencies. He has testified before Congress and federal and state agencies. He is a prolific author with articles in leading academic and specialty journals. His books include Antitrust Law: Policy and Practice (4th ed. 2008) (with C. Paul Rogers III, Mark R. Patterson and William R. Andersen), Antitrust Law and Economics in a Nutshell (5th ed. 2004) (with Ernest Gellhorn and William Kovacic) and, as a co-editor, ABA Antitrust Section, Consumer Protection Law Developments (2009).

Calkins participates in a wide range of professional activities. He is a life member of the American Law Institute, a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a member of the advisory boards for the American Antitrust Institute, Sedona Conference and National State Attorneys General Program Advisory Project at Columbia Law School. For the American Bar Association, he has served on the Councils of the Sections of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice and the Section of Antitrust Law (two, three-year terms). He is a former chair of the Association of American Law School's Antitrust and Economic Regulation Committee.

At Wayne State, Calkins served three terms on the Academic Senate's Policy Committee (its executive committee). He served as the Senate's parliamentarian from 2000 to 2007. Previously, he served on various university committees, including the Review Advisory Panel for Economics and the university Promotion and Tenure Committee. At Wayne Law, he has served multiple terms on the promotion and tenure committee, budget committee, curriculum committee and faculty appointments committee. He was an elected member of the 2003-04 Strategic Plan Implementation Committee. Previously, he chaired the ad hoc committee on U.S. news and the task force on student recruitment.

He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Yale University and a law degree from Harvard University. He is the recipient of the ABA Section of Antitrust Law Fiftieth Anniversary Publications Award, Federal Trade Commission Award for Distinguished Service and Donald H. Gordon Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Calkins lives in Northville, Mich., and, with his eight siblings, he owns a summer place on Long Lake (near Traverse City, Mich.) that was established by his grandparents more than 80 years ago.

Courses Taught


Consumer Protection Law Developments
Consumer Protection Law Developments (American Bar Association) 2009 co-editor

The focus of this book is a complete and detailed perspective on consumer protection laws, with emphasis on developments regarding federal, state, and international law, as well as industry self-regulation. You'll find information on administrative litigation, consumer class actions, Lanham Act and Sherman Act litigation, and express, implied, and establishment claims; qualitative and quantitative consumer perception analysis; industry standard, modified industry standards, and nonstandard product testing; statistical analysis and more.

In addition to advertising law, this book endeavors to identify all the applicable laws, touching on all of the relevant disciplines, including deception and unfairness, promotion and direct marketing, private remedies, privacy and data security, industry self-regulation, and international consumer protection.

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Antitrust Law: Policy and Practice, Fourth Edition
Antitrust Law: Policy and Practice, Fourth Edition (LexisNexis) 2008 co-authored with C. Paul Rogers III, Mark R. Patterson and William R. Andersen

From LexisNexis.com: "This book explores in detail those legal issues that arise in counseling, planning, and litigating under the antitrust laws. It is designed to integrate theory and policy issues with doctrine and practice so that students will emerge with a fundamental grasp of antitrust doctrine, at least an introduction to the vagaries of antitrust practice, and a sensitivity to policy issues undergirding the application and enforcement of the antitrust laws. The Fourth Edition of Antitrust Law: Policy and Practice provides close coverage of the application of antitrust doctrine to cutting-edge technologies, the Internet, and to rapidly shifting markets."

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Derecho y Economia de la Competencia
Derecho y Economia de la Competencia (Thomson-West, 5th edition) August 2004, translated into Spanish 2008 co-authored with Ernest Gellhorn and William E. Kovacic

As a contribution to Mexican competition law, Professor Calkins's co-authored Antitrust Nutshell has been translated into Spanish by the Mexican Competition Commission, USAID, and the U.S. Embassy in Mexico.

Antitrust Law and Economics in a Nutshell
Antitrust Law and Economics in a Nutshell (Thomson-West, 5th edition) August 2004 co-authored with Ernest Gellhorn and William E. Kovacic

This 600-page book provides a thorough introduction to all of antitrust law and economics. It looks both backward to history and forward to future developments, reviewing all of the major cases and issues. It provides context, doctrine, and analysis. The authors include a former and the current General Counsel to the Federal Trade Commission.

Selected Publications

 A Cautionary Word about Competition Law, in Tim Clakins' Defending Your Brand: How Smart Companies Use Defense Strategy to Deal with Competitive Attacks (Palgrave Macmillan 2012)

Wrong Turns in Exclusive Dealing Law, in How the Chicago School Overshot the Mark 156-78 (Robert Pitofsky ed. 2008) (Oxford University Press)

Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika (USA) (with William E. Kovacic & Derek Ludwin), in Internationales Kartell-Und FusionSkontrollverfahrensrecht � 46 (J�rg Philipp Terhechte, ed.) (Verlag Ernst und Werner Gieseking 2008)

Broadcast Music, Inc. v. Columbia Broadcasting System, Inc., in Antitrust Stories ch. 7 (Eleanor M. Fox & Daniel A. Crane eds. 2007)

Coming to Praise Criminal Antitrust Enforcement, in European Competition Law Annual: 2006, at 343 (Claus-Dieter Ehlermann & Isabela Atanasiu eds., 2007)

Competition Law in the United States of America, in Competition Law Today: Concepts, Issues, and the Law in Practice (Vinod Dhall, ed.) (Oxford University Press 2007)

Civil Monetary Remedies Available to Federal Antitrust Enforcers, 40 U.S.F. L. Rev. 567 (2006) (symposium issue)


April 21, 2017
Stephen Calkins spoke at the 17th annual Loyola Antitrust Colloquium in Chicago.

April 14, 2017
Stephen Calkins provided expert consumer advice about credit cards for WalletHub.com. Read his advice here.

March 29, 2017
Stephen Calkins spoke at the American Bar Association Antitrust Section spring meeting in Washington, D.C.

February 8, 2017
Stephen Calkins spoke at the American Antitrust Institute's International Antitrust Roundtable in Washington, D.C. His presentation was titled, "Observations on the Year in International Antitrust."

September 20, 2016
Stephen Calkins participated on a panel of experts at Georgetown Law's 10th Global Antitrust Enforcement Symposium in Washington, D.C. His panel discussed, "Hot Topics in U.S. Enforcement and Policy."

June 28, 2016
Stephen Calkins presented a primer on antitrust law and pleading standards under Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly at the Federal Bar Association Eastern District of Michigan Chapter's antitrust committee lunch and learn.

May 20, 2016
Stephen Calkins presented "Teaching Consumer Law in Ireland" at the University of Houston Law Center's Teaching Consumer Law Conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

April 6, 2016
Stephen Calkins will be one of four panelists during The Chair's Showcase at the American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law Spring Meeting in Washington, D.C. The topic is "Examining the Per Se Rule." Around 2,000 antitrust lawyers, economists and government officials are expected to attend this plenary event.

October 5, 2015
Stephen Calkins gave a presentation for the Department of Political Science Colloquium Series. He spoke about his experiences working for the Irish government as a member of the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission.

April 28, 2015
Stephen Calkins presented "Both Sides (of the Pond) Now: Reflections on Competition Enforcement in the US and the EU," at Queens University in Belfast, Ireland.

February 24, 2015
Stephen Calkins was appointed a Fellow of the European Law Institute, which is modeled on the distinguished American Law Institute. The European Law Institute, founded in June 2011 as an entirely independent organization, aims to improve the quality of European law, understood in the broadest sense. It seeks to initiate, conduct and facilitate research, to make recommendations, and to provide practical guidance in the field of European legal development.

December 18, 2014
Stephen Calkins was the speaker at the inaugural American Bar Association Antitrust Section Global Seminar, a networking event held in Brussels, Belgium. His talk was "A Review of Both Sides of the Pond."

November 8, 2014
Stephen Calkins presented the closing roundtable session, "The Future of the Federal Trade Commission," at George Washington Law Review's The FTC at 100: Centennial Commemorations and Proposals for Progress in Washington, D.C.

November 6, 2014
Stephen Calkins presented "Amalgamation of Competences v Specialization, Integration v Bifurcation, Administrative v Judicial" at the College of Europe's 10th Global Competition Law Centre Annual Conference, 10 Years of Regulation 1/2003: Challenges and Reform in Brussels, Belgium.

October 16, 2014
Stephen Calkins presented "Top Tips: Your Business and Competition Law" at Taking Care of Business held at Dublin Castle, Ireland.

September 16, 2014
Stephen Calkins presented "Varied Structures for Competition and Consumer Protection" at the Canadian Bar Association National Competition Law Section's 2014 annual Competition Law Fall Conference in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

September 5, 2014
Stephen Calkins presented "Enhancing Compeition Law in Asia with a Focus on Procedural Law: A Non-Asian Perspective" at the 18th International Workshop on Competition Policy held in Seoul, South Korea.

September 3, 2014
Stephen Calkins presented "Thoughts and Observations on Case Handling Procedures" at the 2014 Seoul National University, Korea University and Sookmyung Women's University Mini-Conference in Seoul, South Korea.

June 6, 2014
Stephen Calkins presented "Economic Analysis and Oligopoly in Competition Law" and "Competition Law in Times of Crisis" at the eighth annual Institute of Studies in Competition Law and Policy conference, New Challenges in Competition Law Enforcement, held in Istanbul, Turkey.

May 22, 2014
Stephen Calkins presented "Use of Commitment Decisions" at the European Competition Authorities' annual meeting held in Prague, Czech Republic.

April 25, 2014
Stephen Calkins served as a resource person at a breakout session, "Fostering Convergence in Merger Analysis," at the 13th annual International Competition Network conference held in Marrakech, Morocco.

March 26, 2014
Stephen Calkins presented the luncheon address, "An American (Still) in Dublin," at the American Bar Association Section of Antiturest Law spring meeting held in Washington, D. C.

March 5, 2014
Stephen Calkins moderated a discussion, "Reforming the EU Merger Regulation - Minority Interests" at the Irish Society for European Law Competition Law Forum.

February 14, 2014
Stephen Calkins was a participant in the Global Antitrust Institute Competition Law & Economics Symposium for International Competition Officials held in Arlington, Va.

September 12, 2013
Stephen Calkins was chairman of "Roundtable I: Improvements to EU Merger Regulation - Making Life Easier for Undertakings?" at Poland's Office of Competition and Consumer Protection's Workshop on New Challenges in Merger Control in Europe held in Warsaw.

July 19, 2013
Stephen Calkins presented "The Antitrust Conversation (continued)," at the 18th annual European University Institute EU Competition Law and Policy Workshop: Effective and Legitimate Enforcement of Competition Law  in Fiesole, Italy.

June 12, 2013
Stephen Calkins presented "Anticompetitive Practices" at a briefing session of the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association in Dublin, Ireland.

April 25, 2013
Stephen Calkins presented "Public Interest Objectives in Merger Review: How to Reconcile Them with Competition Policy" at the annual meeting 2013 of the International Competition Network in Warsaw, Poland.

April 10, 2013
Stephen Calkins presented "An American in Dublin," a luncheon address at the American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law Spring Meeting in Washington, D.C.

April 9, 2013
Stephen Calkins was part of "Roundtable on Agency Effectiveness" at the Federal Trade Commission, Washington, D.C.

December 7, 2012
Stephen Calkins presented "The View from the Authority" for a class, Understanding Markets, at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

November 23, 2012
Stephen Calkins presented "Perspectives from Irish Competition Law" at a class, Advanced Issues in European Competition Law, in the University College Dublin School of Law master's program in Dublin, Ireland.

October 24, 2012
Stephen Calkins presented "Thoughts on Global Merger Review and Powerful Buyers" to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in Melbourne, Australia.

October 24, 2012
Stephen Calkins presented "Merger Review: A View from Both Sides" at Gilbert & Tobin law firm in Melbourne, Australia.

October 23, 2012
Stephen Calkins presented "The Global Conversation about Merger Review and Powerful Buyers," the third annual Baxt Lecture  in Melbourne Australia.

October 3, 2012
Stephen Calkins presented "Where Else Would You Rather Be Than Right Here, Right Now?," the keynote luncheon address at the International Bar Association Antitrust Committee Annual Meeting in Dublin, Ireland.

September 5, 2012
Stephen Calkins was the lead respondent on Paul Gorecki's "Economic Regulation and Economic Recovery" at the second Economic Regulators' Network Workshop on Change Management in Dublin, Ireland.

May 30, 2012
Stephen Calkins presented "Robert Pitofsky's Scholarship: An Irish Perspective." at a Georgetown University Law School conference honoring Dean Emeritus Robert Pitofsky in Washington, D.C.

May 25, 2012
Stephen Calkins was part of a roundtable discussion,"Trends in Retail Competition, Private Labels, Brand and Competition Policy," about ompetition analysis and unfair practices at the Institue of European and Comparative Law/Centre for Competition Law and Policy conference held in Oxford, U.K.

April 30, 2012
Stephen Calkins presented "Merger Control" at the Conference on Competition and Financial Regulation - Contemporary and Comparative Issues sponsored by the National Law School of India University's Centre on Competition and Regulation in Bangalore, India.

April 19, 2012
Stephen Calkins presented "The Real World of Irish Competition Law" for a class, Competition Law in Practice, at University College Dublin School of Law.

March 22, 2012
Stephen Calkins gave the keynote speech at the sixth annual postgraduate workshop, "In Search of Effectiveness: Current Trends and Challenges in Competition Law Enforcement," at  University College Dublin College of Law in Dublin, Ireland.

March 20, 2012
Stephen Calkins presented "How I Learned to Love Consumer Protection," an in-house seminar, at The Competition Authority in Dublin, Ireland.

March 13, 2012
Stephen Calkins presented "A View from the Competition Authority - How They Deal with Regulation and Enforcement" to the Law Society of Ireland Diploma in In-House Practice 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.

October 3, 2011
Stephen Calkins presented "Advertising Litigation Update" at the National Advertising Division Annual Conference 2011 in New York.

July 11, 2011
Stephen Calkins presented "Horizontal Restraints" at the Fordham Competition Law Institute Refresher Course for Experienced International Agency Staff and Judges in New York.

May 12, 2011
Stephen Calkins delivered an address titled "What's Hot?" at the ABA Antitrust Section Spring Meeting in April 2011.

In The News

April 21, 2017
Stephen Calkins was quoted by FTC Watch for its report, "Trump antitrust era expected to usher in big, small changes."

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March 17, 2017
Stephen Calkins was quoted by FTC Watch for its report, "Lipsky talks continuity at FTC, but wants some changes."

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March 3, 2017
Stephen Calkins was quoted by Recode for its report, "Trump's possible pick for FTC chair might have to recuse himself in cases involving Google, Facebook or Microsoft."

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February 23, 2017
Stephen Calkins was quoted by Bloomberg BNA for its report, "Ohlhausen Seen Auditioning to Keep Top FTC Role."

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January 17, 2017
Stephen Calkins was quoted by Bloomberg for its report, "Ramirez Exit Gives Trump Unprecedented Chance to Shape FTC."

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January 11, 2017
Stephen Calkins was quoted by The Wall Street Journal for its report, "Obama Antitrust Enforcers Won't Bring Action in Airline Probe."

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October 12, 2016
Stephen Calkins was quoted by Bloomberg BNA for its report, "Trump viewed as wild card for mega mergers."

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October 7, 2016
Stephen Calkins was quoted by The Pennsylvania Record for its report, "FTC wins preliminary injunction against Penn State Hershey/Pinnacle merger."

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August 27, 2016
Stephen Calkins was quoted by the Indianapolis Business Journal for its report, "DuPont-Dow merger faces big EU obstacle."

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July 29, 2016
Stephen Calkins was quoted by Bloomberg BNA for its report, "Clinton Seen Continuing Obama Merger Crackdown."

July 21, 2016
Stephen Calkins was quoted by Global Competition Review for its report, "Market definition should decide fate of challenged health insurance deals."

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July 8, 2016
Stephen Calkins was quoted by Global Competition Review for its report, "FTC drops West Virginia hospital merger challenge."

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June 22, 2016
Stephen Calkins was quoted by The Pennsylvania Record for its report, "Former FTC attorney: Win in Hershey/Pinnacle merger 'critically important."

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February 4, 2016
Stephen Calkins spoke with Bloomberg Law hosts June Grasso and Michael Best about a suit against Dish Network for allowing their contractors to violate do-not-call laws by placing millions of robocalls to consumers.

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November 20, 2014
Stephen Calkins was quoted in Legal News report: "Wayne Law professor serving on new commission in Ireland."

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