Conferences

Third Annual Workshop on International and Comparative Law - March 1-2, 2013

The Center on Law, Innovation and Economic growth (CLIEG) of Washington University School of Law will host the Third Annual Workshop on International and Comparative Law on March 1 and March 2. JSD/SJD candidates, PhD students, research fellows and visiting assistant professors will be invited to present their original research papers on international or comparative law.  

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CALL FOR PAPERS - Third Annual Workshop on International and Comparative Law – March 1-2, 2013.
The Center on Law, Innovation and Economic Growth (CLIEG) of Washington University in St. Louis will organize the Third Annual Workshop on International and Comparative Law on March, 1-2, 2013. JSD/SJD candidates, PhD students, research fellows, postdocs and visiting assistant professors are invited to present original research papers on international or comparative law, broadly defined. Participation (including meals) is free, but participants should finance their own travel and hotel costs. To apply, send a paper or abstract to Gerrit De Geest (degeest@wustl.edu) no later than December 31, 2012. Please indicate academic affiliation and attach a short CV. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis, and early submissions have a higher acceptance chance.

Previous Conferences

Midwestern Law and Economics Conference-October 12-13, 2012

The Center on Law, Innovation and Economic Growth (CLIEG) is organizing the Annual Conference of the Midwestern Law and Economics Association (MLEA). It will be held at the Washington University School of Law on October 12-13, 2012. Participation is free, but participants should finance their own travel and hotels costs. Participants do not need to be a Midwesterner or pay a membership fee. Papers are being accepted through June 30, 2012 on topics where an economic approach is used to analyze a legal issue. For more information or questions, please contact Judy Rohwedder, Administrative Coordinator, at jrohwedder@wulaw.wustl.edu or by phone at (314) 935-4494.

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Second Annual Workshop on International and Comparative Law

The Center on Law, Innovation and Economic Growth (CLIEG) of Washington University School of Law will host the Second Annual Workshop on International and Comparative Law on March 30 and March 31. JSD/SJD candidates, PhD students, research fellows and visiting assistant professors have been invited to present their original research papers on international or comparative law. Participants from the United States and various European countries, representing 14 different universities, will present their work in Constitutional, Commercial, International, Human Rights, Intellectual Property, Criminal and Litigation Law. Click here for the agenda for the event.   

Seminar on Contract Theory, Fall 2011

The second edition of this weekly workshop series brought together legal and economics scholars and graduate students to enhance group members' use of models in legal studies and of legal materials in economic research. This year we read Salanie, (2005, 2nd edition), The Economics of Contracts: A Primer, and some selected papers. Gerrit DeGeest and Scott Baker can provide more information on this seminar for anyone that is interested.

Conference on Theoretical Law and Economics – November 4-5, 2011

This conference brought together eight to ten scholars whose research focused on theoretical law and economics. Over the course of a day and half, each participant presented a paper. The conference linked scholars by method, rather than legal topic. The conference was designed to be small and intimate and each paper formally modeling some aspect of the legal system. The idea was to facilitate intensive feedback on the work of other law and economics scholars working with similar tools. Papers were presented by Ken Ayotte (Northwestern), Adam Badawi (Washington University), Scott Baker (Washington University), Gary Biglaiser (UNC), Albert Choi (Virginia), Andy Daughety (Vanderbilt), Gerrit De Geest (Washington University), Nuno Garupa (Illinois), Claudio Landeo (Northwestern), Jennifer Reinganum (Vanderbilt), Alan Schwartz (Yale), Kathryn Spier (Harvard), and Abe Wicklegren (Texas).  

First Annual Workshop on International and Comparative Law – April 21, 2011

On Thursday, April 21, the Law School's Center on Law, Innovation and Economic Growth (CLIEG) sponsored a Workshop on International and Comparative Law. JSD/SJD candidates from eight American law schools attended and presented original research papers. Each participant presented his or her paper, with time remaining for questions, comments and suggestions from the audience. All WU Law students were invited to attend presentations during the day.

Workshop with Richard Brooks 

On April 5th, 2011, Richard Brooks (Yale Law School) gave a talk on his newest project, “Participation Interests” (9:00-10:00 in Room 404 AB Hall). The paper criticized the efficient breach theory in contract law, and the presentation focused on explaining the underlying model. 

Seminar on Contract Theory, Fall 2010

This weekly workshop brought together legal and economics scholars and graduate students to enhance group members' use of models in legal studies and of legal materials in economic research. The workshop took place every Wednesday of the Fall Semester, We read Bolton and Dewatripont (2005), Contract Theory, MIT Press.

The Economics and Law of Innovation - April 2-3, 2009  

Professors Charles McManis and Gerrit De Geest co-chaired an academic conference sponsored by the Center on Law, Innovation & Economic Growth (formally the Center for Research on Innovation and Entrepreneurship) on the general topic The Economics and Law of Innovation.  The conference began on the morning of April 2 and concluded at noon on April 3.

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Attempting to stimulate interdisciplinary dialogue and scholarship on the general conference topic, this colloquium endeavored in particular to critique a recent book authored by Washington University economists, Michele Boldrin and David Levine, entitled Against Intellectual Monopoly (Cambridge U. Press 2008), which can be accessed at http://www.dklevine.com/general/intellectual/againstfinal.htm.

The larger objective of the conference was to stimulate interdisciplinary dialogue and scholarship on the general conference topic, and featured the presentation of other papers and commentary addressing other facets of the economics and law of innovation.

The conference keynote presenter were widely-recognized, preeminent scholar of intellectual property law, Professor Mark A. Lemley of Stanford Law School, whose keynote presentation was entitled “A Cautious Defense of Intellectual Oligopoly with Fringe Competition.”

Other conference participants include:

  • Scott Baker, University of North Carolina School of Law
  • James Bessen, Research on Innovation (Property as Regulation)
  • Michele Boldrin, Economics, Washington University
  • Gerrit De Geest, Washington University School of Law (Differences between Property and Intellectual Property)
  • Ben Depoorter, Boston University School of Law
  • John Drobak, Washington University School of Law
  • Hugo Hopenhayn, Economics, UCLA
  • David Levine, Economics, Washington University
  • Glenn MacDonald, Washington University, Olin School of Business
  • David McGowan, University of San Diego School of Law (Distinguishing Innovation from Variation and Creativity)
  • Charles McManis, Washington University School of Law
  • Michael Meurer, Boston University School of Law
  • Douglass C. North, Economics, Washington University
  • Randal Picker, University of Chicago Law School
  • George Selgin, Economics, University of Georgia
  • John Turner, Economics, University of Georgia (Commentator: On JamesWatts' Patent)
  • Thomas Ulen, University of Illinois Law School
  • Liza Vertinsky, Emory University School of Law

Open-Source and Proprietary Models of Innovation: Beyond Ideology - April 4-5, 2008 

In 2005, IBM, owner of one of the largest patent portfolios in the world, announced that it is contributing 500 of its patents to what it hopes will become an industry-wide “patent commons,”[1] and is putting its corporate heft behind a popular open-source Web development technology in a effort to reach out to a broader set of developers.[2] Clearly, the open-source phenomenon has gone mainstream.

([1]See Paul McDougall, IBM Grants Open-Source Developers Use of 500 Patents, InformationWeek (Jan. 11, 2005), [more][2]See Martin LaMonica, IBM backs open-source Web software, c/net News.com (Feb. 25, 2005), [more].

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Conference on Commercializing Innovation - November 4-5, 2005

The Center for Research on Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CRIE) held its inaugural directed research activity, an academic conference jointly sponsored by the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies and the Whitney R. Harris Institute for Global Legal Studies, and organized by Professors Scott Kieff and Troy Paredes on the topic, Commercializing Innovation

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