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Andres Calderon - LL.M. Candidate '13

I am from Lima Peru, where I obtained my first law degree in 2007. Since then, I have worked as a public official in the National Competition Agency (INDECOPI), as a private attorney in a major law firm, and as a journalist on legal and regulatory matters for an Economics magazine. However, what has never changed is my interest in academia. I have been a part-time professor on Competition Law since 2009, and this is probably the main reason why I chose Yale, because of its high reputation on academia. The top scholars in Peru had previously attended to YLS and that motivated even more to follow a similar path. The diversity and great contrast of ideas was very appealing.

I have been working for the last couple of years on public restraints to market competition and its interaction with Antitrust Law. In the U.S., this is the so-called “State Action doctrine” and it has some similarities with other doctrines in different jurisdictions, like the “useful effect doctrine” in the EU. More recently, thanks to YLS, I have developed a particular interest in Media Law, which led me to do a research on the role of the new media and its relationship with anonymous sources in comparison with more traditional outlets like print newspapers and television broadcasters, and to discuss the current boundaries and the essence of the reporter’s privilege.

After the completion of the LL.M. Program I will go back to my home country and resume my teaching career and hopefully will get the chance to still be involved with academia and research with U.S. institutions, especially, YLS. My time at YLS has reinforced this love for researching and teaching. Another reason I would like to go back to the U.S. is to check the medical developments on knee injuries. I really need to heal my knee and go back to a soccer field.