Each year the Journal hosts two symposia and one lecture. One symposium is held each semester, and the Law Journal Lecture generally occurs in October or early November. Each symposium typically features between ten and fifteen presenters, most of whom will produce an article related to the symposium topic for publication in the Journal. Similarly, the keynote speaker invited to give the annual Law Journal Lecture will write an article for publication.

FALL 2014

Christian Kirchner Memorial Symposium

Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014 | 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Schulze Hall Auditorium

The Christian Kirchner Memorial Symposium brings together leading law and economics scholars from around the world to honor Kirchner's life and work. 

Professor Dr. jur. Dr. rer. pol . Dr. h. c. Christian Kirchner, LL.M., was an internationally renowned professor and scholar. He was most recognized for his work at the intersection of law and economics and especially New Institutional Economics, antitrust law, and company Law.  The author of over 270 articles and books, Kirchner was highly sought after as a visiting professor and taught in Switzerland, the United States, Mexico, Israel, Japan and China. Kirchner also served as a board member of the Wittenberg Center for Global Ethics, where his work on management remuneration in the banking sector resulted in substantive regulatory commitments by the five leading German banks. Christian Kirchner passed away on Jan. 17, 2014.

List of participants:

  • Tom Ulen, Swanlund Chair Emeritus, Illinois College of Law
  • Claire Hill, James L. Krusemark Chair in Law, University of Minnesota Law School
  • Brett McDonnell, Professor of Law, University of Minnesota Law School
  • Francesco Parisi, Oppenheimer Wolff and Donnelly Professor of Law, University of Minnesota Law School
  • Erich Schanze, Permanent Visiting Professor, University of Bergen, Norway and Lecturer for Law and Economics, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
  • Christine Windbichler, Professor of Law, Humboldt-University Berlin, Germany
  • Mathias Schmidt, Professor of Business, University of Leipzig, Germany
  • Andreas Schwartze, Professor of Law, University of Innsbruck, Austria
  • Andreas Engert, Professor of Law, University of Mannheim, Germany
  • Xujun Gao, Professor and Director of the German and EU Law Center, Tongji University Law School, Shanghai, China
  • Jesik S. Hong, Shimane University, Japan
  • Philip C. Hanke, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • David Ehmke, University of Oxford, UK, and Humboldt-University Berlin, Germany

Symposium on Global Business Ethics

Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 | 12:30 p.m. | Schulze Grand Atrium

The Symposium on Global Business Ethics at the University of St. Thomas School of Law brings together leading scholars on legal and business ethics from Europe and the United States. Initiated by the late Christian Kirchner (1944-2014) with substantive involvement of the Wittenberg Center for Global Ethics, the symposium enables cross-cultural and transatlantic scholarly dialogue in the context of global business ethics across different scholarly traditions. The symposium is intended to build consensus on important ethics issues, foster dialogue, and enable future cooperation.

List of participants:

  • Kenneth Goodpastor, "September 11: An Assault on Global Business Ethics?" and "It Satisfies Stakeholders — But is it the Right Thing to Do?"
  • Neil Hamilton, "Engaging Each Client's and Lawyer's Tradition in Balancing Self-Interest and Responsibility to Others"
  • Roland Bardy, "Can Foreign Direct Investment Contribute to Restoring Social Order?"
  • Christoph Lütge, "Order Ethics in the Globalized World"
  • Philipp Schreck, "The Relevance of Experimental Research for Normative Business Ethics"
  • Richard Painter, "Morrison v. National Australia Bank — Implications for Business Ethics"
  • Paul Rosser, "Order Ethics and the Founding and Early Undertakings of the Wittenberg Center for Global Ethics"

This event is co-sponsored by the German American Chamber of Commerce, Goethe Institute, German Consulates General in Minneapolis and Chicago, Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany Minneapolis, Minnesota International Center, and the Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions.