The Henry G. Manne Program in Law & Economics Studies promotes scholarship in law and economics by funding faculty research and hosting research roundtables and policy-relevant academic conferences. 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.
The program honors the legacy of GMU School of Law Dean Emeritus Henry G. Manne, the LEC’s founder. A champion of the free-market foundations of the law and economics movement, Dean Manne was an influential scholar and academic entrepreneur who spurred the development of legal theory and economics reasoning into a significant area of legal scholarship.
The Manne Program sponsors several conferences, symposiums, research roundtables and panel discussions each year that attract national policymakers and attorneys general and their staff from state AG offices. 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, lessons from the Reagan administration’s policies at the Federal Trade Commission, 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 and the economics of legal services reform.
In addition, the Manne Program provides support for various LEC activities that benefit students, faculty and alumni of George Mason School of Law, as well as scholars who seek new perspectives into the relationship of law and economics on today’s public policies. In 2012, more than 300 economists from around the world attended the 10th Annual International Industrial Organization Conference hosted by the LEC. A mock Supreme Court argument on climate change liability held in 2012, co-sponsored by the LEC and the Environmental Law Society, featured a judges panel that included Baylor University President Kenneth Starr and Georgetown University law professor Paul Clement, both of whom served terms as solicitor general of the United States.
The Manne Program also offers two-week residential programs for market-oriented law and economics scholars: The Economics Institute for Law Professors and the Law Institute for Economics Professors. In addition, several four-day LEC Workshops for Law Professors are held throughout the year to spark interest in law and economics research.