CFP: Research in Law and Economics: AI, New Info. Tech, 2-sided platforms

The editors of Research in Law and Economics (ReLE) are seeking articles from scholars, attorneys, and economists that address the law and economics of artificial intelligence, new information technologies, and two-sided platform markets for inclusion in Volume 29, to be published late 2019. Authors are encouraged to submit papers by June 2019. Shorter papers approaching 10,000 words are welcome, as are longer “law review” styled pieces.

In many ways, artificial intelligence and new information technologies present nothing new to law. Legal relationships between people, businesses, and governments on the one hand, and their machines and information on the other, are governed by existing legislation, regulation, and private law. Do artificial intelligence (AI), new information technologies, and “big data” actually present unique challenges for law and regulation? This important and timely question remains unanswered, and continues to be probed by scholars and various government agencies, including the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, the French Digital Council, and the German Data Ethics Commission.

While more data promises greater precision of legal rules, data-driven models can suffer from bias and overfit. To what extent should regulators and jurists try to set limits on new technologies, and then rely on those same technologies to evaluate legal and regulatory questions? What type of training and abilities will future lawyers, regulators, and lawmakers require? How does AI, big data, and two-sided platform markets impact consumer welfare and business, and how should law and regulation respond? How should AI accident risk be managed? What are the benefits and costs of various private law solutions, such as those grounded in the rules of property, contract, and tort? What are the benefits and costs of various regulatory approaches? What constitutes good policy and lawyering in the face of data-driven approaches to learning and the automation of traditional tasks?

Research in Law and Economics welcomes submissions that address these and related issues for inclusion in Volume 29. In addition to this primary focus of the next Volume, the ReLE continues to encourage submission of articles on legal and economic issues that relate to litigation, regulation, or policy areas such as competition, intellectual property, labor, contracts, property, and torts for inclusion in Volume 29 or 30.

Submissions should be emailed to the editors at,, and

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