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About Us

ILE is a leading center for corporate law, governance, business, and finance. It is a joint initiative of the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, the Wharton School, and the Department of Economics.

Founded in 1980 by Professor Michael L. Wachter, the Institute was created to advance cross-disciplinary research and bring together academics, lawyers, business leaders, judges, policymakers, and regulators. Our innovative roundtables and conferences serve these goals by provoking in-depth discussions of timely issues. Public lectures and academic workshops further our mission to bridge the gap between academics and practitioners in our key areas of focus.

The Institute for Law and Economics has distinctive advantages. We draw on the research and teaching strengths of the Law School, the Wharton School, and the Department of Economics. Our geographic location is optimal, allowing us to bring together participants from Washington and New York for full-day meetings and still get everyone home in time for dinner. We have been able to call on the expertise of the Law School alumni who occupy key positions in law, business, and government. And, critically, we have an extraordinarily distinguished cadre of board members and sponsors who are willing to give of their time and expertise to make our programming a success.

In recent years, we have launched a variety of new projects and initiatives. The ILE/Wharton Finance Seminars promote scholarly engagement between law and finance scholars through a series of workshops and dinners. Each year, ILE collaborates with the Wharton School’s Financial Institutions Center and NYU’s Pollack Center for Law and Business to host the Penn/NYU Symposium on Law and Finance, a flagship for the promotion of interdisciplinary research. Our Insights from Practice and Chancery Court Programs explore cutting-edge topics in business and law in small-group seminars and events. The Women in Business Law Initiative aims to promote the advancement of women in the profession. The Delaware Corporate Law Resource Center provides unique resources about the development of corporate law, including oral histories of nearly a half century of iconic decisions of the Delaware courts. The Lipton Archive, collecting the memoranda and scholarship of Martin Lipton, provides another rich resource for research and teaching.

The Institute is led by outstanding Faculty and Directors with active participation and support from its Board of Advisors. Funding for ILE comes from a diverse group of corporations, law firms, foundations, and individuals who endorse our work each year.


  • Lisa Fairfax
    Presidential Professor of Law; Co-Director, Institute for Law and Economics
  • Jill E. Fisch
    Saul A. Fox Distinguished Professor of Business Law; Co-Director, Institute for Law and Economics
  • Elizabeth Pollman
    Professor of Law; Co-Director, Institute for Law and Economics

Contact Us

Institute for Law & Economics
University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
3501 Sansom Street Philadelphia, PA 19104
Tel: 215.898.7719
Fax: 215.573.6032

Managing Director: Nadia M. Jannetta, Esq.