2014 Summer Institute in Law and Economics: Law and Markets

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Study the Field of Law and Economics at its Birthplace

The University of Chicago is the birthplace of “Law and Economics,” and it continues to be the international center for the study of this interdisciplinary field. At the University of Chicago, such brilliant minds as Richard Epstein, Richard Posner, and Nobel laureates Gary Becker, Ronald Coase, and George Stigler have worked together for more than fifty years to change the foundation of legal analysis. Entire fields of law—antitrust, tort, contracts, corporate, and property law—have been completely transformed by Law and Economics, and nearly every area of law has been affected by it. Law and Economics is in every law class and casebook in America, and the tools of Law and Economics are now starting to be used all over the world.


The Program for the 2014 Summer Institute will have five subject units. Each unit will include five lectures, all in English. Required reading materials in English will be distributed about 60 days in advance of the program. Lectures will be delivered by some of UChicago’s most prominent faculty in the Institute for Law and Economics. The program will also invite some participants to discuss their own work in colloquium sessions with UChicago faculty moderators.

2014 Subject Units

Cost and Lodging

Tuition and fees for the Summer Institute total $2,500, which includes the cost of lodging, two meals (breakfast and lunch) per day, all organized social activities, and food during class breaks. Participants will be housed at the University of Chicago campus in Hyde Park, Chicago. Participants must arrange for their own travel to and from Chicago.

A nonrefundable deposit of $500 is required upon acceptance to the Summer Institute.

Many universities reimburse fees for participation and travel to educational events and conferences. Check with your academic department to see if the Summer Institute qualifies.

Applying for the Program

Who Should Apply
The University of Chicago invites legal scholars from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, and South Korea to apply to the two-week program. Professors, assistant professors, lecturers, and postdoctoral fellows are encouraged to apply. Policymakers and judges, as well as researchers from other disciplines— including economics, finance, and political science—are also encouraged to apply.

Applicants must have sufficient command of the English language to complete the required readings and participate in rigorous classroom discussion. All courses and materials will be offered in English without translation.

Necessary documentation for the visa application process for travel to the United States will be provided upon acceptance to the program by the Institute for Law and Economics.

How to Apply
Applications should be made online at http://uchicagolawandecon.org/application

We ask applicants to provide statements outlining background in law and economics, current research interest, and reasons for interest in attending the Summer Institute. Applicants must provide a current CV in English detailing educational background, employment history, and a list of publications.

Deadline: Applications must be submitted online by January 24, 2014.
Notification: Admission notices will be sent to applicants no later than February 17, 2014.


Contact Marjorie Holme at coase-sandor@law.uchicago.edu with all questions.