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851-0732-01L  Workshop and Lecture Series in Law and Economics

SemesterSpring Semester 2016
LecturersS. Bechtold, G. Hertig
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish

AbstractThe Workshop and Lectures Series in Law and Economics is a joint seminar of ETH Zurich and the Universities of Basel, Lucerne, St. Gallen and Zurich. Legal, economics, and psychology scholars will give a lecture and/or present their current research. All speakers are internationally well-known experts from Europe, the U.S. and beyond.
ObjectiveAfter the workshop and lecture series, participants should be acquainted with interdisciplinary approaches in law and economics. They should also have an overview of current topics of international research in this area.
ContentThe workshop and lecture series will present a mix of speakers who represent the wide range of current social science research methods applied to law. In particular, theoretical models, empirical and experimental research as well as legal research methods will be represented. This series is held each spring semester. In the fall semester, the series is complemented by two specialized law-and-economics series, one on law & finance and one on innovation.
Lecture notesTo be discussed papers are posted in advance on the course web page (
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Lawless, Robert, Robbennolt, Jennifer & Ulen, Thomas (2010), Empirical Methods in Law, Wolters Kluwer;
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Schäfer, Hans-Bernd and Claus Ott (2005), Lehrbuch der ökonomischen Analyse des Zivilrechts, 4th ed. Springer;
Shavell, Steven M (2004), Foundations of Economic Analysis of Law, Harvard University Press.