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Daniel Francis

Daniel Francis is a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, where he writes about regulation and competition. His research focuses on antitrust as well as constitutional and other rules that facilitate, constrain, and shape regulatory action and competitive processes. He has a particular interest in digital and high-technology markets.

Daniel previously served in the antitrust arm of the Federal Trade Commission (an independent and bipartisan federal agency) as Senior Counsel to the Director, Associate Director for Digital Markets, and ultimately Deputy Director. At the FTC, he directed and managed a wide range of the FTC's antitrust enforcement and policy activities, including in particular those in high-technology and platform markets, and oversaw a number of the Bureau’s divisions and offices. Daniel has also served as a Furman Fellow and Global Emile Noël Fellow at NYU Law School, as associate editor of the International Journal of Constitutional Law, and a Visiting Researcher at Harvard Law School. He spent ten years in the private practice of antitrust law with two multinational law firms, where his work focused on the defense, aerospace, and oil and gas sectors. Daniel also previously taught a course on European Union constitutional law and political history at Harvard College.

Daniel holds a first law degree from Trinity College, Cambridge; a Master of Laws degree from Harvard Law School; and a doctorate from NYU School of Law. He is admitted to the practice of law in New York and the District of Columbia.


  • Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School
  • Local Affiliate, CES, Harvard University