Harry First is the Charles L. Denison Professor of Law at New York University School of Law and Co-Director of the law school's Competition, Innovation, and Information Law Program. From 1999-2001 he served as Chief of the Antitrust Bureau of the Office of the Attorney General of the State of New York. Professor First's teaching interests include antitrust, regulated industries, international and comparative antitrust, business crime, and innovation policy. Professor First is the co-author of the casebook Free Enterprise and Economic Organization: Antitrust (7th Ed. 2014) (with John Flynn and Darren Bush), as well as a casebook on regulated industries (with John Flynn). He was twice a Fulbright Research Fellow in Japan and taught antitrust as an adjunct professor at the University of Tokyo.
Professor First’s most recent scholarly work has focused on various aspects of antitrust enforcement and theory. These include: The Microsoft Antitrust Cases: Competition Policy for the Twenty-first Century (with Andrew I. Gavil) (MIT Press, 2014), winner of the Jerry S. Cohen Memorial Fund Writing Award for Antitrust Scholarship; “Exploitative Abuses of Intellectual Property Rights” in The Cambridge Handbook of Antitrust, Intellectual Property, and High Tech (2017); “Philadelphia National Bank, Globalization, and the Public Interest” (Antitrust Law Journal, 2015) (with Eleanor M. Fox); “Your Money and Your Life: The Export of U.S. Antitrust Remedies” in Global Competition Law and Economics (Stanford Univ. Press, 2013); “Antitrust’s Democracy Deficit” (with Spencer Weber Waller) (Fordham Law Review, 2013), winner of the Institute of Competition Law’s 2014 Antitrust Writing Award for Best General Antitrust Academic Article; and two chapters in The Design of Competition Law Institutions: Global Norms, Local Choices (Oxford Univ. Press, 2013), one dealing with the United States (with Eleanor Fox and Daniel Hemli), the other with Japan (with Tadashi Shiraishi). First is also the author of a casebook on business crime and of “Business Crime and the Public Interest: Lawyers, Legislators, and the Administrative State” (University of California Irvine Law Review, 2012).
Professor First is a contributing editor of the Antitrust Law Journal, foreign antitrust editor of the Antitrust Bulletin, a member of the executive committee of the Antitrust Section of the New York State Bar Association, and a member of the advisory board and a Senior Fellow of the American Antitrust Institute.