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).
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 fields 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 of 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 first Lucerne Graduate Academy for Law and Economics will take place from 5-9 July 2021. The application form will be available in due course.
Please note: The Graduate Academy of summer 2020 had to be cancelled due to the corona pandemic.
The first Graduate Academy will take place from 5-9 July 2021.
Lecturers of the Graduate Academy 2020
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 of 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 Penn Law Faculty, University of Pennsylvania, 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 Chairman of the Advisory Board for the “Program for Comparative Study of Corporate Law and Corporate Governance” at Harvard Law School, United States of America. Furthermore, he is member of the board of the University of Lucerne as well as member of the board of the Law and Economics Foundation University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.
Deborah Tor is Associate Professor of Medieval Middle Eastern History at 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.
Lynn Gummow is Associate Director of the Lucerne Graduate Academy for Law and Economics. She obtained both her Bachelor and Master of Law degree from the University of Lucerne and graduated in 2013. During her studies, she worked as a student assistant for Prof. Dr. Klaus Mathis. After graduating, she spent two years working at a private law firm before returning to work as a research assistant in the interdisciplinary research project “Economic Analysis of Regulation and Legal Reasoning” funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation.
The key target audiences of 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.
The fee for the Lucerne Graduate Academy for Law and Economics includes:
- Tour of Lucerne Welcome Reception
- 2 Main Lectures
- 3 Special Lectures
- Research Colloquia
- 1 Dinner & Guest Lecture
- 4 Lunches
- 1 Lunch with Lake Cruise
- Coffee Breaks
- Barbecue farewell
Tuition fee: CHF 1200.-
Successful applicants will receive a list of recommended accommodations.
The application form will be available in due course.
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