Beside the classic-hermeneutic method, legal research applies other, interdisciplinary approaches as well. This section focuses on "Law and Economis", which examines the effects of legal regulations by using analytic methods of modern economic theory. In addition, the aim is to carry out empirical studies in the field of legal fact research in cooperation with the economic and social sciences.



Prof. Dr. Klaus Mathis

Full Professor of Public Law, Law of the Sustainable Economy, and Philosophy of Law

T +41 41 229 53 80 • Room 4.B09 •

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Lynn Gummow, MLaw

Postgraduate Student SNSF

T +41 41 229 53 54 • Frohburgstrasse 3, INS-1 •


Martin Meier, MLaw, LL.M.

Academic Assistant

T +41 41 229 54 41 • Room 4.A58 •



International Network for Law and Economics - lucernaforum

The International Network for Law and Economics - lucernaforum is a networking forum to facilitate the world wider recognition of  research in the field of law and economics conducted at the University of Lucerne. A central component of the lucernaforum  are the annual Law and Economics Conferences, established in 2012, which focus on topical research issues. These conferences allow researchers from all over the world to present their research papers and enables the academic exchange. The respective conference proceedings appear in the scientific series “Economic Analysis of Law in European Legal Scholarship”.

Scientific Advisory Board

Prof. Dr. Avishalom Tor

Professor of Law, University of Notre Dame Law School

Director, Research Program on Law and Market Behavior (ND LAMB)

Global Professor of Law, University of Haifa Faculty of Law

Prof. Dr. Omri Ben-Shahar

Leo and Eileen Herzel Professor of Law, The University of Chicago Law School

Kearney Director of the Coase-Sandor Institute for Law and Economics

Prof. Dr. Anne-Lise Sibony

Professor of Law, UCLouvain (Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium)

Institut pour la recherche interdisciplinaire en sciences juridiques (JURI)

Prof. Dr. Endre Stavang

Professor of Law, University of Oslo

Departement of Private law

Prof. Dr. Regis Lanneau

Professor of Law, Université Paris Nanterre

Co-directeur de la licence Droit parcours économie et de la double licence droit et économie

Co-directeur du master droit de l'économie membre du CRDP membre de FIDES

Law and Economics Conferences

Every year, a Law and Economics conference is held in Lucerne. The next conference is dedicated to the topic "Law and Economics of the 2020 Coronavirus Crisis".

To the event and the programme

Lucerne Graduate Academy for Law and Economics

The Lucerne Graduate Academy for Law and Economics is an annual intensive one-week programme designed to introduce legal scholars and economists to the principles and current trends in the field of law and economics. The Graduate Academy will be conducted in collaboration with the Notre Dame Law School Research Program on Law and Market Behavior (ND LAMB) and primarily consist of three parts: two main courses, three special lectures, and research colloquia.

The main courses will provide in-depth knowledge on selected law and economics fields by renowned professors. In the spirit of the Graduate Academy’s interdisciplinary approach, lecturers will not be limited to legal scholars, but will also include economists discussing their research and its application to legal scholarship.

The first Graduate Academy will take place from 5-9 July 2021. (The Graduate Academy 2020 had to be cancelled due to the corona pandemic.)

For more information please visit the main page for the Lucerne Graduate Academy for Law and Economics.


SNSF-Project "Economic Analysis in Regulation and Legal Reasoning"

The interdisciplinary project “Economic Analysis in Regulation and Legal Reasoning” consists of the two sub-projects “The Philosophical and Behavioural Foundations of Cost-Benefit Analysis” (sub-project A) and “Economic Arguments in Legal Reasoning” (sub-project B). The economic analysis of law is subject to both of them, while sub-project A focuses on legislation and sub-project B on law application. Sub-project A develops the philosophical foundation of the Cost-Benefit Analysis and researches the possible effects of Behavioural Law and Economics on the Cost-Benefit Analysis as an instrument of legislation. Sub-project B investigates the role of economic arguments in law application. For this purpose, the theory part compares the systems of Civil-Law states and Common-Law states while the application part consists of a comparative case-study which shows how economic arguments in both legal systems affect the legal reasoning of court-decisions. Both sub-projects are subjects to dissertations which will be published within the book-series “Economic Analysis of Law in European Legal Scholarship” (ed. by Prof. Dr. Klaus Mathis).



  • Lynn Gummow: Economic Arguments in Legal Reasoning
  • Martin Meier: Behavioural Economic Analysis of Competition Law