Geoffrey A. Manne is the founder and Executive Director of the International Center for Law and Economics (ICLE), based in Portland, Oregon. He is also a Senior Fellow at TechFreedom. Prior to founding ICLE, Professor Manne was a law professor at Lewis & Clark Law School, specializing in antitrust law and economics, intellectual property law, corporate governance, and international economic regulation, all topics on which he has written. From 2006-2009, he took a leave from teaching to direct Microsoft’s legal and economics academic outreach program. His publications have appeared in journals including the Journal of Competition Law and Economics, the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, the Wisconsin Law Review, the Alabama Law Review, and the Arizona Law Review. He is a noted antitrust, telecommunications and technology policy expert (described by the “dean of American Antitrust Law,” Herbert Hovenkamp, as a “top scholar of competition policy and intellectual property”). He is an expert in the economic analysis of law, drawing on degrees from the University of Chicago as well as work for Judge Richard Posner, private practice, and brief service at the FTC. Professor Manne has practiced antitrust law at Latham & Watkins, has served as a Bigelow Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School and an Olin Fellow at the University of Virginia School of Law, and clerked for Judge Morris S. Arnold on the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. Professor Manne is a co-founder of the Microsoft / George Mason Annual Conference on the Law and Economics of Innovation (with Joshua Wright) and, also with Joshua Wright, is the editor of a volume from Cambridge University Press entitled Competition Policy and Intellectual Property Law Under Uncertainty: Regulating Innovation. He blogs at Truth on the Market (of which he is also the co-founder) and tweets at @LawEconCenter and @GeoffManne.
Ben Sperry is Associate Director of the International Center for Law & Economics. He is also a Legal Fellow at TechFreedom. Previously, he was a Legal Fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, where he worked on tech policy and litigation. Before joining CEI, he was a Summer Fellow at the Washington Legal Foundation in the Legal Studies Division and held a spring externship at the Institute for Justice where he did legal research on the First Amendment and economic liberty.
Sperry received his Bachelor's degree in political science from Allegheny College and his Juris Doctor from George Mason University Law School, where he was a member of the George Mason Law Review. He is admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
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Kristian Stout is the Associate Director for Innovation Policy at the International Center for Law and Economics (ICLE). As a technology professional and entrepreneur for over ten years, Kristian’s scholarship is influenced by a practical understanding of the challenges facing innovators in the modern economy. Kristian has previously been a lecturer in the computer science department of Rutgers University, is frequently invited to speak on law and technology topics, and has been published in law journals and legal treatises. Kristian is an attorney licensed to practice law in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, is a partner at A&S Technologies, a software services firm, and sits on the board of CodedByKids, a nonprofit organization that provides STEM education to underprivileged children.
Kristian graduated magna cum laude from the Rutgers University School of Law, served on the editorial board of the Rutgers Journal of Law and Public Policy, and was additionally awarded a Governor’s Executive Fellowship from the prestigious Eagleton Institute of Politics.
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Board of Advisors
- Harold Demsetz, Arthur Andersen UCLA Alumni Emeritus Professor of Business Economics, UCLA Department of Economics and one of the founders of new institutional economics
- Hon. Douglas H. Ginsburg, Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit and one of the most prominent scholars of law and economics on the bench
- Richard A. Epstein, James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor, University of Chicago Law School; Director, John M. Olin Program in Law and Economics, University of Chicago Law School and one of the founders of law and economics.
- Benjamin Klein, Professor Emeritus, UCLA Department of Economics and one of the founders of new institutional economics
- Henry G. Manne, Dean Emeritus, George Mason University School of Law and one of the founders of law and economics
- Kevin M. Murphy, George J. Stigler Distinguished Service Professor of Economics, University of Chicago Booth School of Business; MacArthur Fellow and John Bates Clark Medal winner
- George L. Priest, Professor of Law & Economics, Yale Law School
- Roberta Romano, Oscar M. Ruebhausen Professor of Law, Yale Law School and Director, Yale Law School Center for the Study of Corporate Law