Simone Sepe, Program Director
Simone is Professor of Law at University of Arizona.
Simone’s areas of expertise include business organizations, corporate finance, contract theory, and law and economics.
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The law affects every aspect of human behavior, both in the private and public sphere. For this reason, the study of law is by its nature interdisciplinary: the understanding of legal problems almost always requires us to cross boundaries and think across a vast range of disciplines, including the social sciences, the humanities and the natural sciences. Whether the subject is the functioning of free markets or the environment, health care or labor organization, a country’s social and political structure or educational system, the combined knowledge of many disciplines is vital for a full assessment of the underlying legal issues. The increasing complexity of modern society has made the need for this interdisciplinary approach to the study of law even more compelling. The Law program at the IAST addresses this need by promoting joint research and teaching programs in law and several other fields, including economics, political science, philosophy, history, sociology, and psychology.
Within this broad interdisciplinary framework, the IAST’s Law program will place special focus on developing academic excellence in the field of law and economics. The application of the economic method to the study of law and the legal process has increasingly grown into an established interdisciplinary field. Nowadays, economic theory is used in almost all areas of law to assess legal issues from a normative perspective. At the same time, there is a growing recourse to empirical economics as a method to evaluate the positive impact of existing legal rules.
To this end, the program envisions the integration of teaching and seminar programs at the Toulouse Law School with the programs offered by the Toulouse School of Economics. Some illustrative examples of the common graduate courses that the program aims to offer in the future include Game Theory and the Law, Law and Economics of Financial Regulation, Contract Theory and Contract Law, and the Economics of Organizational Law. Finally, the IAST’s Law program also aims to serve as an international forum for the law and economics scholarship through the organization of regular conferences and the establishment of post-doctoral positions and visiting positions open to scholars from all over the world.