Amsterdam Center for Law & Economics

6th MetaLawEcon Workshop

Law and Coercion: The Role of Public and Private Enforcement in Law

10Dec2015 11Dec2015 09:00


6th MetaLawEcon Workshop 2015 on Law and Coercion: The Role of Public and Private Enforcement in Law. Keynote speakers: Fernando Gómez (Universidad Pompeu Fabra School of Law); Alon Harel (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Law).

6th MetaLawEcon Workhop 2015

10-11 December 2015

Keynote speakers:

Fernando Gómez (Universidad Pompeu Fabra School of Law)

Alon Harel (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Law)

Jointly organized by the Amsterdam Center for Law & Economics, the Paul Scholten Centre for Jurisprudence at the University of Amsterdam and the interdisciplinary network  MetaLawEcon.

Coercion in Law and the Meaning and Relevance of Public/Private Enforcement

The Amsterdam Centre for Law & Economics (ACLE) and the Paul Scholten Centre for Jurisprudence at the University of Amsterdam, in cooperation with the interdisciplinary academic network MetaLawEcon, organise a workshop on Law and Coercion: The Role of Public and Private Enforcement in Law.

The workshop will focus on the role of coercion in law and the meaning and relevance of public/private enforcement. 

Questions to be discussed include the following:

• Is there any merit to the conventional and arguably naive view of law as set of rules enforced by a state? If so, what? If not, is there any relevance, moral, historical or economic, of coercion in law? How would such a conventional view of coercive law account for the fact that in social interactions the “shadow of the law” is often distant and bleak? How should coercion be operationalised in economic analysis, theoretical or empirical?

• How – if at all - does law’s capacity to authorize coercion and enforcement shape the discursive and epistemic qualities of law? Can the possibility of coercion on the basis of law explain some features of legal reasoning and legal categories, such as methods of interpretation, presumptions, burden of proof, etc.? Does the possibility of coercion and enforcement foster a particular form of practical reasoning distinct from other disciplines and social practices?

• What distinguishes public and private enforcement of law? How is the distinction related to moral, historical or economic considerations about the role of law in society? Does the private/public distinction express or track substantive morally relevant differences in how law gets involved in individuals’ lives and business? How can this distinction map onto doctrinal categories and boundaries such as public and private law; torts and crimes; hard and soft law?

The workshop program is available through the link below

Registration is closed

Call for papers - Closed

If you want to present a paper please send an abstract of no more than 500 words for consideration to Peter Cserne ( and Bas Schotel ( by 25 September. Papers on the topics above are especially welcome but submissions on any aspect of the general theme of the workshop will be considered. Decisions will be communicated by early October. If your abstract is selected you will be asked to provide a complete paper (full draft) by 30 November to be circulated in advance among participants.

This call for papers has been closed.

Workshop, Fee and Catering

This will be a small scale advanced workshop, with 2 invited speakers, about 20 participants from various disciplines, including law, economics, philosophy, and social sciences.

Participants with accepted papers will not be charged with the workshop fee. One dinner and two lunches will be offered to participants with accepted papers. Participants should make their own travel and accomodation arrangements.

Registration is open and for non-presenting participants limited up till 20 people.

Workshop Venue

Amsterdam Center for Law & Economics
Building REC M - Amsterdam Business School
Plantage Muidergracht 12, Room M3.02 (third floor)
1018 TV  Amsterdam
phone: 020-5254162

Amsterdam Business School - Room M3.02 (third floor)

  • Roeterseilandcampus - gebouw M

    Plantage Muidergracht 12 | 1018 TV Amsterdam
    +31 (0)20 525 5250

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Information can be obtained the secretariat of the Amsterdam Center for Law & Economics, by phone +31 20 5254162 or Concerning questions on submissions, please contact the members of the organizing committee: Peter Cserne ( and Bas Schotel ( See also this workshop's website:

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