Lucerne Graduate Academy for Law and Economics
The Lucerne Graduate Academy for Law and Economics is a biannual 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).
The Graduate Academy course consists of three different parts: two main courses, three special lectures and research colloquia. The main courses will provide in-depth knowledge on selected law and economics topics by renowned professors in the field. The special lectures will be divided into three windows: one theoretical window 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 colloquia. These research 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. Participants will apply to present their research, and while time constraints will likely restrict the number of presentation slots available, all participants will be expected to attend their peers’ colloquia presentations.
The key target audiences for the Graduate Academy are professors, lecturers, and high quality post-doc and doctoral candidates in the fields of law, economics, and related human sciences, as well as any advanced international scholars and practitioners from the private or public sector. The courses will be conducted in English. Participants will receive a certificate of attendance at the end of the course.
The "Lucerne Graduate Academy for Law and Economics 2022" took place from 27 June - 1 July 2022.
Avishalom Tor is Professor of Law and Director of the Notre Dame Research Program on Law and Market Behavior (ND LAMB) at one of the top law schools in the United States of America. He is also a Global Professor of Law, University of Haifa Faculty of Law. After receiving his doctorate from Harvard Law School, he was an adviser to the Federal Trade Commission on various matters of antitrust law. His particular fields of expertise are behavioural law and economics, antitrust law, and behavioural decision research.
Jonathan Klick is Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, Philadelphia, one of the eight Ivy League Universities in the United States of America. His work focuses on identifying the causal effects of laws and regulations on individual behaviour using cutting-edge econometric tools. His particular fields of expertise include law and economics of health care, mental health law, health care regulation, regulated industries and labour economics.
Luigi Franzoni is Professor of Public Economics at the University of Bologna, Italy. He is a leading European academic scholar in the field of law and economics. His main fields of expertise are the economics of IPRs and law enforcement. He is currently acting as Mundus Director of the international Ph.D. programme “European Doctorate in Law and Economics” (Bologna, Hamburg, Rotterdam, Haifa). Furthermore, he is the former President of the European Law and Economics Association (2014-2017).
Peter Nobel is Professor emeritus of Business Law and still an active attorney at the law firm Nobel & Hug. Before, he was Associate Professor for Private, Commercial and Business Law, as well as Director of the Institute of European Law at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. He was Full Professor of Swiss and International Commercial and Business Law at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. Furthermore, he was commercial judge in Zurich and from 1988 to 2000 a member of the Swiss Federal Banking Commission (EBK).
Karl Hofstetter is Titular Professor of Business and Private Law at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. He is the Chairman of the Advisory Board for the “Program for Comparative Study of Corporate Law and Corporate Governance” at Harvard Law School, in the United States of America. Furthermore, he is member of the board of the Law and Economics Foundation University of St. Gallen as well as former member of the board of the University of Lucerne.
Deborah Tor is Associate Professor of Medieval Middle Eastern History at the University of Notre Dame. She received her doctorate from Harvard University and specializes in the political, social, religious, and military history of the medieval Middle East and Central Asia, from the rise of Islam until the 13th century. Tor teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses on the medieval Middle East and Central Asia.
Klaus Mathis is Director of the Lucerne Graduate Academy for Law and Economics. He studied Economics and Jurisprudence at the University of Zurich and wrote his doctoral dissertation on the subject of "Efficiency Instead of Justice? Searching for the Philosophical Foundations of the Economic Analysis of Law" (1st edn. 2004, 2nd edn. 2006, 3rd edn. 2009, 4th edn. 2019). Subsequently, he was employed as a Research Associate at the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) in Bern. In 2004, he first became Senior Lecturer in Public Law and then Assistant Professor in Public Law at the University of Lucerne. He wrote his habilitation on "Sustainable Development and Justice to Future Generations, an Interdiscplinary Study from a Legal, Economic, and Philosophical Perspective". He was appointed Full Professor for Public Law, Law of the Sustainable Economy, and Philosophy of Law on August 1, 2016. Klaus Mathis is the editor of the academic book series "Economic Analysis of Law in European Legal Scholarship". Furthermore, he is the co-founder and Director of the Center for Law and Sustainability (CLS), Director of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Legal Studies - lucernaiuris, and of the International Network for Law and Economics - lucernaforum.
Alexander Gian-Carlo Baumann is Associate Director of the Lucerne Graduate Academy for Law and Economics. He is academic assistant for Prof. Dr. Klaus Mathis.
Alexander Gian-Carlo Baumann
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Three participants of the 2022 Lucerne Graduate Academy for Law and Economics on their experiences throughout the programme.
Aad van Heusden, PhD Candidate, Erasmus University Rotterdam
Katarzyna Południak-Gierz, PhD Candidate, Jagiellonian University
João Paulo Braune Guerra, PhD Candidate, Universidade de São Paulo