Third Annual Triangle Law and Economic Conference

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“Game Theory and the Law”

May 1-2, 2009
Fuqua School of Business
Duke University
Durham, NC

Conveyed jointly by Duke Law, Fuqua, and UNC law, this conference is organized around a tool -- game theory -- rather than topics. Gathering leading scholars from law, economics, and political science, we ask how game theoretic insights might be applied to improve our understanding of law or legal institutions. The early panels on Friday May 1 consider issues in contract law: how courts or arbitrators should construe contracts, especially in light of unforeseen events. Focus turns to the judiciary in the afternoon panel on Friday. There, the discussion will revolve around opinion-writing and judicial law making. In a world with little information, what is the best way for a judge to craft an opinion? Saturday, May 2 the conference concludes with papers on formation of class actions, product safety, and the appropriate scope of law enforcement.

Preparation, Papers and Logistics

Our intention is to bring together scholars from economics, political science, and law to discuss important issues that employ game theoretic tools and generate insights into legal and economic institutions. We hope that speakers will feel free to present work in progress with an eye towards generating new insights and identifying promising areas for future research in the broader area of strategic analysis in law and economics. Invited speakers are requested to submit an unpublished paper or notes in advance to the conference website for circulation among attendees. We have no plans to publish the papers from the conference; however, working papers will be distributed for the benefit of interested parties who are unable to attend.


This is the third annual Triangle Law and Economics Conferences and is cosponsored by the Univ. of North Carolina School of Law, the Duke University School of Law, and the Fuqua School of Business.

Scott Baker
UNC Law School

Tracy Lewis
Fuqua School of Business

Barak Richman
Duke Law School