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Geoffrey A. Manne

Executive Director ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

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, Geoffrey 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. Geoffrey is a co-founder of the Microsoft / George Mason Annual Conference on the Law and Economics of Innovation (with FTC Commissioner Joshua Wright) and, also with Commissioner 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

Associate Director ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

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.

Ben 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

Associate Director for Innovation Policy ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

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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Todd J. Zywicki

Senior Fellow ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

Todd J. Zywicki is a Senior Fellow at ICLE. Professor Zywicki is also the George Mason University Foundation Professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law and Senior Scholar of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Professor Zywicki has served as Co-Editor of the Supreme Court Economic Review since 2006 and as Editor from 2001-2002. From 2003-2004, Professor Zywicki served as the Director of the Office of Policy Planning at the Federal Trade Commission. He teaches in the area of Bankruptcy, Contracts, Commercial Law, Business Associations, Law & Economics, and Public Choice and the Law. He has also taught at Vanderbilt University Law School, Georgetown University Law Center, Boston College Law School, and Mississippi College School of Law.

Professor Zywicki is the author of more than 70 articles in leading law reviews and peer-reviewed economics journals. He has been one of the Top 50 Most Downloaded Law Authors at the Social Science Research Network, both All Time and during the Past 12 Months. From 2005-2009 he was the eleventh most-highly cited law professor in the fields of Commercial Law and Bankruptcy and the most frequently cited under the age of 45 (at that time). He has testified several times before Congress on issues of consumer bankruptcy law and consumer credit and is a frequent commentator on legal issues in the print and broadcast media, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Sports Illustrated, Washington Times, Forbes, Nightline, NBC Nightly News, The Newshour with Jim Lehrer,  CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg News, BBC, ABC Radio, The Diane Rehm Show, Lou Dobbs Radio Show, Neil Cavuto Show, John Batchelor Show, and The Laura Ingraham Show. He is a contributor to the popular Washington Post legal blog The Volokh Conspiracy.

Professor Zywicki clerked for Judge Jerry E. Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and worked as an associate at Alston & Bird in Atlanta, Georgia, where he practiced bankruptcy and commercial law. He received his J.D. from the University of Virginia, where he was executive editor of the Virginia Tax Review and John M. Olin Scholar in Law and Economics. Professor Zywicki also received an M.A. in Economics from Clemson University and an A.B. cum Laude with high honors in his major from Dartmouth College.

Julian Morris

Senior Fellow ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

Julian Morris is vice president of research at Reason Foundation.  Julian graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a Masters in economics. Graduate studies at University College London, Cambridge University and the University of Westminster resulted in two further masters’ degrees and a Graduate Diploma in Law (equivalent to the academic component of a JD).  Julian is the author of dozens of scholarly articles, focusing his academic research primarily on the relationship between institutions, economic development and environmental protection. He has also edited several books and co-edits, with Indur Goklany, the Electronic Journal of Sustainable Development.

Julian is also a visiting professor in the Department of International Studies at the University of Buckingham (UK). Before joining Reason, he was executive director of International Policy Network, a London-based think tank which he co-founded. Before that, he ran the environment and technology programme at the Institute of Economic Affairs, also in London.

Elise Nelson

Staff Economist ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

Elise M. Nelson is a JD Candidate (2016) and Levy Fellow in Law & Liberty at George Mason University School of Law ("GMUSL"), and is the 2015-2016 George Mason Law Review Symposim Editor and is planning its 19th Annual Antitrust Symposium in Feburary 2016. Elise is a PhD Candidate in Economics at, and has her Masters in International Economics from, UC-Santa Cruz. She is a Thomas Edison Innovation Fellow for the Center for Intellectual Property at GMUSL. Elise spent two years working as an economic researcher at Northwestern University School of Law's Searle Civil Justice Institute under the executive directorship of now GMUSL Dean Henry Butler. She has worked as as a research assistant Commissioner Joshua Wright, the Honorable Judge Douglas Ginsburg, and for the Law and Economics Center at GMUSL. In Summer 2015, Elise was a participant in the first annual Hoover IP2 Teaching Institute at Stanford University. She was a legal intern in Commissioner Joshua Wright's office at the Federal Trade Commission during Spring 2015, and spent the 2016 summer as a 2L Summer Associate with the Antitrust, Competition and Trade practice group at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in Washington, D.C.

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