Innovation & the New Economy

Exploring how established legal principles should apply to new paradigms that emerge from technological change

About the Research Program

ICLE’s Innovation Policy Program examines the challenges of applying existing legal principles and processes to new economic paradigms — especially those enabled by rapid technological change. While regulatory restraint is essential to enabling technological and business model innovation in the digital age, ICLE’s program also evaluates whether and how to modify the law and facilitate the development of private arrangements to address the evolving needs of societies, workers, and businesses in the new economy. Particular areas of study include: e-commerce, mobile technology, advanced search technology, virtual reality, connected devices, driverless vehicles, medical and harm-reduction technologies, the sharing economy, and drones.


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Ian Adams
Executive Director

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Brian Albrecht
Chief Economist

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Mikołaj Barczentewicz
Senior Scholar

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Gus Hurwitz
Director of Law & Economics Programs

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Geoffrey A. Manne
President and Founder

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Julian Morris
Senior Scholar

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Ben Sperry
Senior Scholar, Innovation Policy

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Kristian Stout
Director of Innovation Policy