Research Program on Law and Market Behavior and University of Lucerne to host Graduate Academy for Law and Economics

Author: Denise Wager

Lucern Switzerland Skyline

Notre Dame Law School’s Research Program on Law and Market Behavior (ND LAMB) is collaborating with the University of Lucerne to host the Lucerne Graduate Academy for Law and Economics later this month. The goal of this new initiative is to offer an annual intensive one-week program that introduces legal scholars, economists, and practitioners to cutting-edge themes and current trends in the field of law and economics. The program will be held June 27 through July 1 at the University of Lucerne.

Notre Dame Law Professor Avishalom Tor, who serves as director of ND LAMB, and Jonathan Klick, the Charles A. Heimbold, Jr. Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, will deliver the two main courses for the Graduate Academy.

Avishalom Tor 2019
Professor Avishalom Tor

The program consists of three different components: two main courses, three special lectures, and research colloquia. The two main courses will provide in-depth introductions to “The Law and Economics of Behavioral Regulation” (by Professor Tor) and empirical law and economics (by Professor Klick). The special lectures will be divided into three sections: one theoretical section in economics and two practical applications in business law.

Participants will also have the chance to gain hands-on experience by presenting their research in one of the Graduate Academy’s colloquium sessions. The colloquia will offer the opportunity for participants to share their research with a wider community of global scholars, as well as to obtain feedback and support from the Graduate Academy’s directors and lecturers.

Finally, the Graduate Academy’s program for its graduate student and junior faculty participants from around the globe will be enriched by a cross-disciplinary guest lecture on “The Problem of Legitimate Authority in Classical Islam” by Professor Deborah Tor of Notre Dame’s Department of History.

This is the second recent collaboration between Notre Dame Law School and the University of Lucerne. Earlier this spring, ND LAMB and the University of Lucerne co-organized the 9th Law and Economics Conference in Lucerne: Law and Economics of the Digital Transformation. That conference analyzed the issues raised by digital transformation across the law from both a law and economics perspective. G. Marcus Cole, the Joseph A. Matson Dean of Notre Dame Law School, gave one of the keynote addresses on the Law and Economics of Mobile Money.

The Graduate Academy builds on nearly a decade of collaboration between ND LAMB and the University of Lucerne. The partnership has produced seven joint LAMB-Lucerne conferences, facilitated two additional joint conferences of Notre Dame Law School and the University of Lucerne, and paved the way for the University of Lucerne to become one of the Law School’s exchange programs. Notre Dame Law School students may study at the University of Lucerne for a full academic year or for a semester, and exceptional candidates may be selected to work as research assistants over the summer at Lucerne. The University of Lucerne’s location in Switzerland makes it an ideal place to explore human rights and international economic law, as well as arbitration, international litigation, law and sustainability, and Swiss law.

The photo at the top of this page shows Lucerne, Switzerland.