Henry G. Manne Program in Law & Economics Studies

The Henry G. Manne Program in Law & Economcis Studies honors the legacy of Henry G. Manne, Dean Emeritus of George Mason University School of Law, founder of the Law & Economics Center, and champion fo the free-market foundations of the law and economics movement. 

The LEC's Manne Program was established in 2010 to build upon the work of Dean Manne. Its goal is to promote law and economics scholarship by funding faculty research and hosting research roundtables and policy-relevant academic conferences.  As the program has grown, attendance has increased to include numerous staff members—economists and lawyers—from government agencies and Capitol Hill, as well as state attorneys general and staff.  An integral component of the Law & Economics Center at George Mason University School of Law, the program is headquartered just outside Washington, D.C., in Arlington, Va.


Topics from recent events have focused on issues surrounding free-market competition and antitrust legislation, including the impact of antitrust laws on high-tech industries, dynamic competition and merger policies, and the law and economics of search engines and online advertising. Upcoming policy-oriented research programs will explore the economics of privacy and data security, competition among online platforms, and the law and economics of hydraulic fracturing.


In addition, the Manne Program provides support for activities that benefit students, faculty and alumni of George Mason School of Law, as well as the broader group of law and economics scholars. In 2013, the LEC, along with the Journal of Law, Economics, and Policy, is hosting a public symposium to reflect upon "The Unique Contributions of Armen Alchian, Robert Bork, and James Buchanan to Law & Economics at George Mason University School of Law." The LEC will also co-sponsor the 17th Annual Law Reveiw Symposium on Antitrust Law: 100 Years of Competition Policy at the FTC, a syposium organized by the George Mason Law Review in 2014. 


The Manne Program also offers a two-week residential program for market-oriented law and economics scholars: The Economics Institute for Law Professors. In addition, several four-day LEC Workshops for Law Professors are held throughout the year to spark interest in law and economics research. Currently, the LEC is accepting applications for its Privacy Fellowship






Jeffrey T. Smith, Coordinator, Henry G. Manne Programs in Law & Economics Studies
jsmithq@gmu.edu | 703.993.8382