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ICLE Staff:

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. In 2015 he was also appointed to the FCC's Consumer Advisory Committee, where he co-chairs the Broadband Working Group. Manne is an expert in the economic analysis of law, drawing on two degrees from the University of Chicago. He specializes in antitrust, telecommunications, consumer protection, intellectual property, and technology policy, and has been described by Professor Herbert Hovenkamp (the "dean of American Antitrust Law") as a “top scholar of competition policy and intellectual property." His publications have appeared in numerous journals including the Journal of Competition Law and Economics, the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, the Supreme Court Economic Review, and the Columbia Business Law Review. With former FTC Commissioner Joshua Wright, Manne is the editor of a volume from Cambridge University Press entitled Competition Policy and Intellectual Property Law Under Uncertainty: Regulating Innovation. Manne has also testiconsfied on several occasions before Congress and at the FCC, and he regularly files written comments or amicus briefs on key antitrust, IP, and telecommunications issues.

Prior to founding ICLE, Manne was a law professor at Lewis & Clark Law School where he taught law & economics, corporations, wills & trusts, and international economic regulation. From 2006-2009, he took a leave from teaching to develop Microsoft’s legal and economics academic outreach program. Manne has also served as a lecturer in law at the University of Chicago Law School and the University of Virginia School of Law. He practiced antitrust law and appellate litigation at Latham & Watkins, clerked for Hon. Morris S. Arnold on the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, and worked as a research assistant for Judge Richard Posner. He was also once (very briefly) employed by the FTC.

He blogs at Truth on the Market (of which he is also the co-founder), is a contributor at, and tweets at @geoffmanne and @LawEconCenter.



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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. Previously, he was a Legal Fellow at ICLE and TechFreedom, where he worked on antitrust, telecommunications, and IP issues, and before that was a legal fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, where he worked on technology 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 awarded a Governor’s Executive Fellowship from the prestigious Eagleton Institute of Politics.


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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

Chief 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.

ICLE Board of Academic 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 
  • 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