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A short description of the Center

The Center for the Study of Law and Economics has been founded in July 1993 at the Department of Economics, Universität des Saarlandes. Director of the research unit is Prof. Dr. Dieter Schmidtchen

The Center organizes conferences and workshops, invites scholars from all over the world, and gives advise to private and public authorities. The publication of a discussion paper series provides an opportunity for the presentation of research results.

The focus of the Center's research activities is on the Law and Economics of international Transactions, Constitutional Economics, the legal protection of intellectual property, and the evolution of legal rules and conventions in the shadow of the law.

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Economic Analysis of the Law

The economic analysis of the law is the intersection of two disciplines: economics and law. The institutions analyzed are those of the law, and the method of research is that of economic theory.

The economic analysis of the law deals with the questions of how law evolves, what its effects are, what economically efficient law looks like, and how one can implement it. The matter is not only substantive law and all its facets (private law, criminal law, administrative law, constitutional law) but also procedural law. Recently, other problems are also being dealt with that evolved from the territoriality of the law. This is leading to international private law and public international law becoming another focus. Therefore the discussion about the harmonization of law in Europe is receiving impulses from this direction.

The starting point of this inter-disciplinary approach is the insight that legal prohibitions and duties influence people's actions, since they represent constraints (as prices and budgets do similarly), which have to be considered in decision making - not only by economic agents but also by lawyers, judges and politicians.

By choosing this focus, the economic analysis of the law has, in recent years, earned a permanent position in the judicial faculties of many American universities, and also influenced the judicial practice in the United States. On the other hand, in Europe, especially in Germany, this direction of research has been and still is underrepresented. Dispite the existence of the European Association of Law and Economics which is an association bringing together jurists and economists who do research on these subjects, there still is a lack of institutional facilities at the various uni-versities which would be prerequisite to promote the fruitful exchange of ideas.

Therefore, the Center for the Study of Law and Economics has been founded in the summer of 1993. It is supposed to be a forum for the cooperation of scientists dealing with these topics. The Center wants to invite researchers to conferences, workshops, and individual stays in Saarbrücken. It also offers analytical and empirical support both to private sector institutions and public sector bodies. The topics of research are the role of law in an international context, constitutional and institutional economic questions of the European Union, as well as problems of the legal protection of industry, and intellectual property. The possibility of presenting new research results will be provided by regularly published discussion papers.

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Conferences

  • Conference on New Political Economy 2006
    "Frontiers of EC Antitrust Enforcement: The More Economic Approach  - 25th Conference on New Political Economy"
    (Saarbruecken, October 12-14, 2006) 
    Papers and comments will appear as vol. 25 in the series Conferences on New Political Economy (previously: Jahrbuch für Neue Politische Ökonomie) published by Mohr Siebeck.

  • 2. French-German Talks in Law and Economics
    3rd annual workshop of the Gesellschaft für Recht und Ökonomik (German Law and Economics Association),
    (Saarbruecken, 2. - 3. December 2005)

  • Annual meeting New Political Economy 2005
    "Scientific Competition. Theory and Policy  - 24th Conference on New Political Economy"
    (Saarbruecken, 13. - 16. October 2005) 
    Papers and comments will appear as vol. 24 in the series Conferences on New Political Economy (previously: Jahrbuch für Neue Politische Ökonomie) published by Mohr Siebeck.

  • Annual meeting New Political Economy 2004
    "Analyzing International Conflict Resolution  - 23rd Annual Meeting on New Political Economy"
    (Saarbruecken, 15. - 17. October 2004) 
    The papers presented at this conference will be published in the Annual on New Political Economy (Jahrbuch für neue Politische Ökonomie).

  • Annual meeting New Political Economy 2002
    "European Governance - Europäisches Regieren  - 22. Jahreskonferenz zur Neuen Politischen Ökonomie"
    (Saarbrücken, 10.-12. October 2002) 
    The papers presented at this conference will be published in the Annual on New Political Economy (Jahrbuch für neue Politische Ökonomie).

  • Tagung ´Neue Wege der Haftvermeidung´
    (15.-16. Juni 2002)

  • Annual meeting New Political Economy 1998 (available in German only)
    Globalization of the Economy and Legal Order: New Institutional Economics of International Transactions
    (Saarbrücken, 7.-9. October 1998) 
    The papers presented at this conference will be published in the Annual on New Political Economy (Jahrbuch für neue Politische Ökonomie), Vol. 18, 1999.  

  • Annual meeting New Political Economy 1995
    New Forms of Cooperation between the State and private individuals
    (Kirkel, 5.-7. October 1995)
    This information is available in GERMAN only
    The papers presented at this conference were published in the Annual on New Political Economy (Jahrbuch für neue Politische Ökonomie), Vol. 15, 1996. 

  • Constitutional Aspects of European Integration 1995
    (Saarbrücken, September 3-5, 1995)
    The papers presented at this conference were published in the International Review of Law and Economics, Vol. 16 (3), September 1996.

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