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LEC-PERC Workshop on Environmental Economics for Law Professors

Wednesday, October 2 to Sunday, October 6, 2013, Lone Mountain Ranch, Big Sky, MT

The George Mason Law & Economics Center (LEC) and the Property and Environment Research Center (PERC) presents the LEC-PERC Workshop on Environmental Economics for Law Professors to be held at the Lone Mountain Ranch in Big Sky, Montana. The program will run from Wednesday, October 2 to Sunday, October 6, 2013 and is part of the newly created LEC-PERC Joint Program on Economics, Law, and the Environment (

OVERVIEW: The objective of this three-day workshop is to expose professors who teach natural resource and environmental law to the importance of property rights, transaction costs, and markets for solving environmental problems. The workshop will begin with some initial theoretical insights regarding the potential for environmental markets and build to specific applications to land, forests, wildlife, minerals, water, air, and ecosystem services, to mention a few.

The primary audience is tenured law school faculty who teach and do research on property, natural resources, and environmental law.

The LEC-PERC workshop will accommodate up to 24 law professors. All professors must attend all group meals together. Class sessions will be held Thursday through Saturday, with morning and afternoon sessions each day.

Reading materials will be provided in advance, and all participants should arrive having read, and prepared to discuss, the materials.

The LEC-PERC Workshop on Environmental Economics for Law Professors is organized by Henry N. Butler, George Mason University Foundation Professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law and Executive Director of the LEC, and Terry L. Anderson, President of the PERC and John and Jean De Nault Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.

No Tuition; Hotel and Group Meals are Provided.

There is no tuition charged for the workshop, nor are there any room and board fees. Participants are responsible for their own travel costs to and from the workshop, as well as incidental expenses and individual meals.

HONORARIUM: An honorarium of $750 will be paid to each participant within 30 days of successful completion of the workshop. Successful completion requires attendance at all class sessions and group functions, including group meals.

REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT: All participants accepted to the Institute must make a refundable* deposit of $750 to bond their attendance at the workshop. Deposits are due within thirty (30) days of acceptance. Failure to provide the deposit by that date will result in cancelation of acceptance.

*Deposit will be refunded only upon completion of the entire workshop, including participation in all group functions.

APPLICATION PROCESS AND ACCEPTANCE: Acceptance for this conference is by competitive application only. Application should be made here: Each applicant must state why they believe this program will be valuable to them and their work, and provide the names and contact information for three (3) professional references. The applicant may also include any additional information that would be pertinent to the decision-making process. Nominations by deans or letters of recommendation are welcome, but not required.

FURTHER INFORMATION: For questions regarding the application process, or about the program in general, please contact Jeff Smith at The LEC will begin evaluating applications on May 20, 2013 and will continue to consider applications until the program is fully subscribed.

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