PhD in Law and Economics (EDLE)

The goal of the program is to create a new cadre of outstanding candidates with PhD degrees who can contribute to international academic and diplomatic discourse, as well as to private or commercial negotiations. The program aims to provide the knowledge and skills required for a successful career in national and international organizations (private and public), consultation groups, and academic careers. Successful graduates with EDLE degrees can expect to expand their knowledge in their fields of interest.

EDLE requires the candidates to devote their time to the doctoral research and to participate in at least three different universities (mobility is a requirement). A core component of EDLE’s agenda is to develop skills for the intercultural exchange of ideas; to prepare students for the international research or work environment; and to promote the ability to cope with the challenges posed by the increasingly international nature of issues and tasks in academia and in professional practice.

Program Structure

EDLE offers a combination of work and research. The curriculum is planned to provide an advanced and challenging education for both attorneys and economists. Potential candidates will be able to choose between basic and advanced courses according to their educational background.

EDLE Empirical Track

Empirical research is become increasingly common in legal research. Although theory is important in the economic analysis of law, certain questions require an evidence-based approach to examine the theories. The purpose of the EDLE empirical track is to provide doctoral researchers with the tools they require in order to understand empirical studies, develop a critical perspective on these methods, and ultimately undertake their own empirical research. This track is intended both for attorneys and economists. Attorneys without a prior background in statistical analysis will participate in an introductory course before embarking on their empirical studies. Economists – including those with a background in statistics – will benefit from this track by learning how to apply these methods to legal questions.

For information about the structure of the program, please see the link

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Academic Coordinator: Prof. Avishalom Tor