Each year, the NDL&E Program hosts a symposium featuring two keynotes speakers, typically one legal scholar and one economist. 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 spring 2013, for our third annual symposium, on “The Tragedy of the Anticommons,” we are delighted to welcome to Notre Dame two speakers: 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 will present on his book: “The Gridlock Economy: How Too Much Ownership Wrecks Markets, Stops Innovation, and Costs Lives.” Hawkins will present 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 are very 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 both 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.

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