Friday, 24 June 2011

Call for Papers: 1st Malaccan Workshop on the Study of Law, Economics and Business

I'm currently leading a Law, Economics and Business SIG (special interest group) at the Faculty of Business and Law, Multimedia University. One of the events the LEB-SIG is organising this year is the 1st Malaccan Workshop on the Study of Law, Economics and Business. The call for papers is out, and submissions are due on 31 August 2011. For more information, visit

Sunday, 19 December 2010

When cheap law is bad law

When cheap law makes it easy to externalise its cost on third parties, it's time to do something. In this case, the court used a practice direction to raise the cost of law to improve efficiency. Strange, but true.

Sunday, 16 May 2010

Tim Gowers on Open Source Mathematics

Tim Gowers was at the University of Manchester's School of Mathematics on Friday to deliver the second Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw Lecture. The title of his lecture was "Open Source Mathematics". Basically, Tim recounted his experience in an on-going blogging project called Polymath, that he started in late January this year to publicly and collaboratively solve some moderately difficult mathematical problems online. What is interesting about this project is that when a paper is written up, it will be published under a pseudonym instead of in the names of all contributors, or even major contributors. In fact, through out the history of science, and mathematics in particular, there have been occasions where a pseudonym was used. For example, William Sealy Gosset's Student is probably the most famous mathematical pseudonym. A further example of a more collaborative nature would be Nicolas Bourbaki in the 20th century. The Internet has certainly changed the way we do collaborative research. No longer do we need to be at physical proximity to work together, or to wait on weeks for the mail to arrive. The Internet has made instanteneous and global collaboration possible. As the Polymath Project shows, it has also opened up mathematical research, which traditionally is considered the province of academic mathematicians, to outside participants. And this has made mathematics all the more richer.

Monday, 11 January 2010

27th Annual Conference of the European Association of Law and Economics

The 27th Annual Conference of the European Association of Law and Economics will take place in Paris, at the Université Pathèon-Assas, on September 23-25, 2010. This is going to be the first visit of the EALE in Paris. The dateline for submission is 28 February 2010.

Asian Law and Economics Assoiation Annual Conference 2010

The sixth annual conference of the Asian Law and Economics Association will be held on 23 and 24 August 2010 at the University of International Business and Economics, Beijing. The call for papers is now out. Dateline for submission is 15 April 2010.

Conference on Empirical Legal Studies 2010

The call for papers for the Conference on Empirical Legal Studies at the Yale Law School on 5th and 6th November 2010 is out. Submission dateline is 2 July 2010.

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Anthony Ogus on Law and Economics in the Legal Academy or What I Should Have Said to Discipulus

My colleague and mentor at the University of Manchester, Prof. Anthony Ogus, recently presented a paper at a conference at the University of Toronto titled
"Law and Economics in the Legal Academy or What I Should Have Said to Discipulus"
. I totally agree with him on the point that for law and economics to have any impact and relevant to legal scholarship in general, it has to be written in a non-technical manner. But I disagree that for the special class of people known as law and economics scholars (even if they work in a law school), mathematical knowledge, even for comprehension, is not necessary. He does agree that statistical skills are important and useful.