Midterm Meeting 2023

Last week it was time for the annual EMLE Midterm Meeting! From 16-18 February 2023, EMLE students, graduates and alumni were welcomed to the Universität Hamburg.

On Thursday afternoon, the meeting kicked-off with a workshop on soft skills for our current students about networking and pitching- useful in preparation for the following day packed with opportunities to meet EMLE professors from all locations, alumni and associate partners! Friday morning was dedicated to an academic workshop presentations of recent papers in the field of Law and Economics, ranging from topics as the Law and Economics of Crime, Intellectual Property and Experimental Law and Economics to aspects of Gender Law and Moral Norms. After a lunch for all participants, the best EMLE thesis of the academic year 2021-2022 was awarded with a prize. The author, Katrin Hug, first had the opportunity to present her thesis, titled ‘The Influence of Natural Disasters on Voters Turnout‘, to fellow graduates of her year, current students, associate partners, and academic staff of the program. As well-rounded as her thesis, the presentation was very engaging and an interesting law and economics analysis of the voter’s turnout in the German elections right after after the severe flooding in July 2021.

One of the next highlights, just before the graduation ceremony and the conference dinner, the Meet the EMLE Partner event (EMLE & Beyond) took place. This event, which takes place since 2018, EMLE alumni and associate partners are sharing their experiences and views from the world of work in Law and Economics. Students and graduates are invited to discuss opportunities to work in the field and hear from the side of our partners, where they see the specific skills students acquired during their studies. Panel host was this year again EMLE alumna Dr. Evangelia Nissioti.

Then, finally, students from 2021/2022 academic year were awarded their EMLE diploma(s) during their graduation ceremony. Programme Director Louis Visscher and the local coordinators of the third term universities awarded diplomas to 56 of the 92 graduates attending their ceremony from all over the world! This ceremony also included an interesting keynote speech by Prof. Colin Mayer (University of Oxford), titled “Capitalism and Crises: How to fix them”. After this ceremony, the event was wrapped up with the conference/graduation dinner, enjoyed by all attending students, graduates and EMLE staff.

We look back very positively to 2023’s edition of the Midterm Meeting. Thank you to the organizers and hosts, the Universität Hamburg!

(photo credits: A. Ralph, I. Putzier)