Chair van Aaken Chair for Law and Economics, Legal Theory, Public International Law and European Law (this professorship was financed by the Max-Schmidheiny Foundation from 2006 to 2012) LATEST NEWS: Podcast of the University Oxford, Faculty of Law, Prof. Dr. Anne van Aaken on "Behavioral Economics and Global Public Goods and Global Commons" Courses in Spring 2017 “Law and Economics of Corporate Misconduct: Tort, Regulatory and Criminal Liability of Corporations and Their Employees” with Prof. Jennifer Arlen: Prof. Arlen, Professor of Legal Science, Founder and Co-Director of the NYU Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement, and Director of the Center for Law, Economics and Organizations at the New York University School of Law was visiting professor of the Max Schmidheiny Foundation. Her course dealed with entrepreneurial misconduct from the point of view of administrative law, criminal law, and tort law, with a view on economic and behavioral research. "Economic Interventions as well as the Enforcement of International Standards of Behavior for States and Enterprises: The Interplay of International Law, European Law and National Law." A course taught by Prof. Dr. Matthias Herdegen, Director of the Institute of Public Law, Director of the Institute of International Law and Member at the Center for European Economic Law of the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University in Bonn, and Prof. Dr. Bardo Fassbender and Prof. Dr. Bernhard Ehrenzeller of the University of St.Gallen. The course focused on international corporate social responsibility standards and their safeguards on the part of the state (for example, according to the OECD Guidelines or the UN Principles of Human Responsibility). In addition, he also covered the extraterritorial enforcement of standards of good practices, as practiced by the US and other states. “Workshop and Lecture Series in Law and Economics” The Workshop and Lecture Series in Law and Economics is a joint elective seminar of ETH Zurich, the University of Zurich, the University of St.Gallen, and the University of Lucerne. The seminar provides an insight into the research activity at the interface of Law & Economics. Renowned scientists discuss their current research topics and enable participants to analyze them through comments. This course will be repeated in Spring 2018. Find more information about this course here. “International Commercial Arbitration” with Gary Born. This course provides an overview of international commercial arbitration as a means of dispute resolution. It covers leading international conventions (New York Convention, European Convention); national arbitration legislation (principally UNCITRAL Model Law); and major institutional arbitration rules (UNCITRAL, ICC, other), together with customary practices regarding the arbitral process. Gary Born is ranked by peers and clients as one of the leading international arbitration practitioners in the world. He is one of only two practitioners globally to have achieved “starred” status for international arbitration in the Chambers and Partners Guides.Click here for more information about Gary Born. “Cross-Border Mergers and Acquisitions” with John Burgess. This seminar covers the structure, negotiation, and implementation of cross-border merger and acquisition transactions, taking into account applicable issues of international law and national practice. The course discusses alternative forms of transaction structures and the underlying tax and legal considerations considered for choosing particular approaches. John A. Burgess, Professor of Practice and Executive Director of the LLM Program at Tufts University, teaches courses on international finance transactions, international securities regulation and cross-border mergers and acquisitions. Prior to his retirement in 2013, Burgess has practiced law at the global law firm Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr for 37 years, and during that time chaired the firm’s corporate and international practice groups, and served on its Management Committee. He has represented corporations and NGO's in a range of transactions throughout Western Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. More information about John Burgess here. Frankfurt Investment Arbitration Moot Court (FIAC) Gustaf Heintz, Remy Eichenberger, Norina Ferarri und Simon Winkler (below from the left) had the pleasure of representing the University St.Gallen at the 10th Frankfurt Investment Arbitration Moot Court (FIAC). Under the academical conduct of Prof. Dr. Anne van Aaken and with support of the Coaches Lukas Rusch and Gentiana Imeri, the team plead against other qualified teams in March 2017 at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University in Frankfurt. Find out more about the experiences of our Mooties here. MLE Integration Seminars - Excursion Report As part of the MLE Integration Seminars the Chair van Aaken had again the opportunity to organize a study trip to Neuchâtel and Geneva. A two-days program was on the agenda, allowing the students to get practical insights in to a variety of Law and Economics application fields: The excursion started with a visit to Philipp Morris International (PMI) in Neuchâtel. After providing a brief glimpse of their reorganization process, PMI held a revealing panel discussion contrasting the job of an in-house counsel with the one of a lawyer in a law firm. The visit was rounded off with a generous lunch and an insightful presentation on developing sustainable products under the UN Global Compact. We continued our excursion on to WIPO, where we heard lectures of Heike Wollgast on the subject of „The Work of the Arbitration and Mediation Center“ and Julio Raffo on „IP and Robotics“. After a day rich in content, we enjoyed pizza and wine at "Chez Remo". The second day of the excursion started at the United Nations. Natalia Guerra from UNCTAD held an informative talk on the recent developments in IIA and ISDS and their implications on sustainable developments in a oriental-styled room with wooden carvings sponsored by Morocco. Afterwards we were given an impressive tour through the buildings of the United Nations. Our excursion ended with a highlight at WTO, where Hamid Mamdouh and Reto Malacrida gave a very interesting speech on „Trade in Services“ and the „EC Seals dispute.“ Overall, the excursion was a great success - not only from a subject-specific but also from a social perspective. Special thanks to the sponsors and to PMI, WIPO and UNCTAD for making this study trip possible!