Law & Economics Center

Manne Program Law Institute for Economics Professors

Event Date: Sunday, July 15 to Friday, July 27, 2012

Location: The Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, CO

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The Henry G. Manne Program in Law & Economics Studies presents the Sixteenth Law Institute for Economics Professors to be held at The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO. The program will run from Sunday, July 15 to Friday, July 27, 2012.


The Law Institute for Economics Professors provides professors with an introduction to basic legal research methods, legal procedures and substantive areas of the law. The objective of the Institute is to help economists bring greater policy relevance to their teaching and scholarship.

The Institute is primarily a course about law, not “Law & Economics”. It is carefully designed to provide academic economists with an overview of the American legal system. The course is directed to scholars with little or no previous legal education; emphasis is placed on those legal issues that are most appropriate for economic analysis.

More than 370 economics and business professors worldwide have attended the Law Institute. Alumni credit the Institute with providing them with insights leading to new research, new courses and new alliances with law and other professors.

The Sixteenth Law Institute will accommodate up to 30 economics professors. All professors must attend group meals and social events together. Classes meet for two weeks, with morning sessions daily and afternoon sessions scheduled on several days. There is no class on Sunday, July 22.

The Law Institute for Economics Professors will run concurrently with the Economics Institute for Law Professors.

Reading assignments are substantial. Participants will receive, and are urged to study, the reading materials in advance.

Topics to be covered include:

• Law and the Legal System
• The Constitution
• Legislation and Statutory Interpretation
• Administrative Law
• Contracts
• Property
• Intellectual Property
• Civil Procedure
• Criminal Law and Procedure
• Torts and Products Liability
• Antitrust
• Business Associations
• Securities Regulation
• Bankruptcy
• Employment and Labor Law

The Law Institute for Economics Professors is organized by Henry N. Butler, Executive Director of the Law & Economics Center and George Mason University Foundation Professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law.


There is no tuition charged for this program, nor are there any room and board fees. Participants will be responsible for their own travel costs to and from the Institute, as well as incidental expenses and individual meals.


All participants accepted to the program will be asked to make a refundable* deposit of $1,200 to guarantee their place at the program. Deposits are within thirty (30) days of acceptance. Failure to provide the deposit by that date will result in cancellation of acceptance.

*Deposit will only be refunded upon completion of the entire Institute, including participation in all group functions.



Acceptance for this conference is by competitive application only. Application should be made through the Law & Economics Center’s website HERE. Each applicant must state why they believe this program will be valuable to them and their work, and provide the names and contact information for three (3) professional references. The applicant may also include any additional information that would be pertinent to the decision-making process. Letters of recommendation are welcome, but not required.

For questions regarding the application process, or about the program in general, please contact Jeff Smith at The LEC will begin evaluating applications on December 1 and will continue to consider applications until the program is fully subscribed.



Todd J. Zywicki, George Mason University School of Law
Eric R. Claeys, George Mason University School of Law
Adam Mossoff, George Mason University School of Law
Amy L. Wax, University of Pennsylvania Law School
George L. Priest, Yale Law School
Neomi Rao, George Mason University School of Law
Nelson Lund, George Mason University School of Law


Complete program agenda is available HERE. Reading assignments will be added by May 15, 2012.


Reading materials will be provided in advance. Other materials will be downloadable from the LEC website.


The Stanley Hotel
333 Wonderview Avenue
Estes Park, CO 80517

A room reservation will be made for each of the accepted participants. Do not reserve a room yourself. If you wish to extend your stay either before or after the Institute, please contact us and he will assist you in making those arrangements.


Breakfast and lunch will be provided on days with class sessions. There will be five (5) receptions and four (4) dinners over the course of the Institute. Interaction between Institute faculty and participants is an important part of the learning experience. Therefore, all participants will be expected at all group meals on the program agenda. All meals will be shared with the participants in the concurrent Economics Institute for Law Professors.


Participants are responsible for their own transportation arrangement and expenses to and from the Institute. The closest airport to the Stanley Hotel is Denver International. Directions to the Institute are available here:


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