Call For Papers Munich Conference on Innovation and Competition (MCIC 2014)

June 23 to June 25, 2014, Munich

From June 23 to June 25, 2014, the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition ( and the Center for Law & Economics at ETH Zurich ( will jointly organize their Munich Conference on Innovation and Competition (MCIC 2014) (formerly known as “Workshop for Junior Researchers on the Law and Economics of Intellectual Property and Competition Law”). The conference will enable a small number of junior researchers from law and from economics to engage in an intensive, rigorous discussion of their own scholarly work. Several senior professors from law and from economics departments in Europe and the United States will provide feedback on the research projects.

CONFERENCE DETAILS: Keynote speakers & commentators include faculty of the hosting institutions as well as Professors Robert Bone (University of Texas), Petra Moser (Stanford University), Geertrui Van Overwalle (Universities of Leuven & Tilburg), and Jerry Thursby (Georgia Tech). The conference will be held at Castle Ringberg (, which is located in a lovely region one hour south of Munich, Germany. The organizers will fund travel and hotel expenses for all invited conference participants.

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE/REGISTRATION: Excellent junior researchers (doctoral students, postdocs, research fellows and assistant professors) from law and from economics are invited to submit their application online at After registering a user account, please fill out the “New submission” form. You must attach an extended abstract or a draft paper (“Upload Paper”, draft paper is preferred, PDF or Word) as well as a curriculum vitae with a list of two references (“Attachment”, reference letters are not required at submission time).

Papers may not be published by the conference date; papers already accepted for publication must be in a stage where substantial feedback is still helpful. The submission deadline is March 31, 2014. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by April 9, 2014. Papers are due for circulation among conference participants and commentators on May 25, 2014.

FURTHER INFORMATION: For junior researchers from economics, research projects should relate to industrial organization, competition, innovation and/or intellectual property and may include formal models as well as empirical or experimental approaches. For junior scholars from law, research projects should relate to intellectual property and/or competition law and must use law and economics as a research methodology. In order to achieve a good international mix of workshop participants, submissions from researchers from outside Europe are particularly encouraged. Any questions concerning the workshop should be directed to Prof. Stefan Bechtold,

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