Wayne State University
Stephen  Calkins
Stephen Calkins
Professor of Law


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


Professor Stephen Calkins is on leave from Wayne Law, serving as a member of the Competition Authority of Ireland and director of its Mergers Division, as well as an adjunct professor at University College Dublin Sutherland School of Law. For 2008-2011 Calkins served as Wayne State University's associate vice president for academic personnel, while continuing to teach at Wayne Law on a limited basis.

During 1995-97, Professor Calkins served as general counsel of the Federal Trade Commission, a position to which he was nominated by FTC Chairman Robert Pitofsky. At Wayne Law, Professor 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.

Professor Calkins is much 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 Irish Competition Authority, 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).

Professor 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 3-year terms). He is a former chair of the Association of American Law School's Antitrust and Economic Regulation Committee.

At Wayne State, Professor Calkins has served three terms on the Academic Senates Policy Committee (its executive committee). He served as the Senates parliamentarian from 200007. 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.

Professor Calkins permanent home is 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 Law
Antitrust and Trade Regulation: Current Issues (Seminar)
Comparative U.S.-European Competition Law (Seminar)


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 (Jg 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)


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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