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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.



Workshop & Lecture Series in Law & Economics: Presentations by Scott Barrett (Columbia)

On Tuesday, May 3, and Wednesday, May 4, we'll have Prof. Scott Barrett (Columbia) as our guest. His Tuesday presentation on "International Cooperation" starts at 16:15 in the University of Zurich room RAK E 8. The Wednesday presentation on "Tipping Versus Cooperating to Supply a Public Good" 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 


ISTP lecture series: Presentation by Carsten Fink (World Intellectual Property Organization)

On April 26, Carsten Fink (Chief Economist of the World Intellectual Property Organization) will give a presentation on "Breakthrough Innovation and Economic Growth" as part of ETH Zurich’s Institute for Science, Technology and Policy lecture series. The presentation will from 17:15 to 18:30 in UNO B 11 (Universitätsstrasse 41). Read more 


Ph.D. defense by Jens Frankenreiter on Judges, Politics, and the Law

On April 22, Jens Frankenreiter, a Ph.D. student at the Center for Law & Economics, successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis on "Judges, Politics, and the Law". The thesis uses quantitative empirical methods to investigate the behavior of judges in Europe and in the United States. Congratulations! Read more 

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