Law & Economics Symposium

Law & Economics Symposium

Each year, the NDL&E Program hosts a symposium featuring two keynotes speakers. Each of the speakers presents a working paper related to law and economics, law and the social sciences, or law and business. The speakers field comments and questions from each other, from two official commentators (usually faculty from Notre Dame Law School and the Notre Dame Department of Economics), and from members of the audience, which include faculty and students from across the campus.

In fall 2014, for our fifth annual symposium, “Antitrust, Patent, and Innovation Economics,” we hosted two leading scholars on the economic analysis of competition law. Keith N. Hylton, the William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor of Law at Boston University School of Law, presented “Competition and Innovation: A Framework for the Patent-Antitrust Conflict.” Fred S. McChesney, de la Cruz-Mentschikoff Endowed Chair in Law and Economics at the University of Miami School of Law, presented “One Piece at a Time: Successive Monopoly and Tying in Antitrust Economics.” View Schedule

In spring 2014, for our fourth annual symposium, we were delighted to host a faculty roundtable in Chicago on “Ronald Coase (1910-2013) and The Future of Property Rights.” The event featured over thirty legal scholars and economists from the US as well as China, Israel, Italy, and Switzerland. The keynote speakers were Henry E. Smith, Fessenden Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, who presented on “Coase and Property Theory”, and Lee Anne Fennell, Max Pam Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School, who presented on “Coase, Demsetz, and the Problem of Resource Access”. View Schedule

In spring 2013, for our third annual symposium, on “The Tragedy of the Anticommons,” we welcomed two speakers to Notre Dame: Michael Heller, the Lawrence A. Wien Professor of Real Estate Law at Columbia Law School and Jenny Hawkins, Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics at Oberlin College. Heller presented ideas from his book: “The Gridlock Economy: How Too Much Ownership Wrecks Markets, Stops Innovation, and Costs Lives.” Hawkins presented a working paper on “Mitigating Hold-Up Through Complementarities and Refunds.” View Schedule

In spring 2012, for our second annual symposium, “Markets and Regulation in the 21st Century”, we were pleased to welcome to Notre Dame two of the nation’s leading legal scholars: Roberta Romano, the Sterling Professor of Law and Director of the Center for the Study of Corporate Law at Yale Law School, and Richard A. Posner, Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and Senior Lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School. View Schedule

In fall 2010, for our inaugural symposium, “Housing: Law and Policy”, we were honored to welcome to Notre Dame Robert C. Ellickson, the Walter E. Meyer Professor of Property and Urban Law at Yale Law School, and Edward C. Glaeser the Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics at Harvard University. View Schedule


I’m very taken with the idea of expanding the boundaries of the classroom experience for students, for broadening the intellectual exchange at Notre Dame beyond the law school, and for engaging eminent scholars on topics of current interest. This symposium gives us a real opportunity to move forward on all these fronts.

-Professor Margaret F. Brinig, Associate Dean for Faculty Research, Fritz Duda Family Chair in Law, and Co-Director Law and Economics Program