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Center for Law & Economics

The Center for Law & Economics at ETH Zurich is part of the Department of Humanities, Social and Political Sciences. The Center brings together two professorships (Stefan Bechtold and Gerard Hertig) and includes a diverse set of postdocs, PhD students and research assistent. It focuses on various areas of law & economics, including corporate governance, banking regulation, intellectual property and innovation policy as well as the law of emerging technologies. Together with various Swiss university partners, the Center co-organizes regular Workshop & Lecture Series on law & economics, law & finance, and the law & economics of innovation. All three series bring leading internationally well-known experts from all over the world to Zurich on a regular basis. The Center cooperates with leading academic institutions in Asia, Europe and the U.S., in particular through joint research projects, conferences and teaching activities.



Munich Summer Institute

From June 20 to 22, 2016, the Center for Law & Economics at ETH Zurich will co-organize the Munich Summer Institute 2016. It will focus on three areas: Digitization, Strategy and Organization; Innovation and Entrepreneurship; and Law & Economics of Innovation. Read more 


Innovation Heuristics: working paper

Stefan Bechtold (ETH Zurich), Christopher Buccafusco (Cardozo Law School) and Christopher Sprigman (New York University School of Law) have released their paper on "Innovation Heuristics: Experiments on Sequential Creativity in Intellectual Property" as a working paper on SSRN. Read more 


Workshop & Lecture Series on the Law & Economics of Innovation: Presentations by Michael Frakes (Northwestern)

On Tuesday, December 8, and Wednesday, December 9, we'll have Prof. Michael Frakes (Northwestern) presenting two papers on patent law. The Tuesday presentation on "Is the Time Allocated to Review Patent Applications Inducing Examiners to Grant Invalid Patents?" starts at 16:15 in the University of Zurich room RAI F 041. The Wednesday presentation on "Patent Office Cohorts" starts at 16:15 in the ETH Zurich room IFW A 32.1. All presentations are open to the public, so see you there! Read more 

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