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Max Schmidheiny Foundation Professorship for Entrepreneurship and Risk at the University of St. Gallen

An Innovative Model of Private Endowment
Since the 2006/07 winter semester, the Max Schmidheiny Foundation has endowed the University of St. Gallen with the Max Schmidheiny Foundation Professorship for Entrepreneurship and Risk. Within the context of entrepreneurship and risk, and from the perspective of law and economics, the professorship is focussed on research, education and the transfer of knowledge with professional practice, and is thus aimed at fostering insights into a dimension of the entrepreneurial concept that is increasingly important for the sustainability of a liberal order.

With its contribution, the foundation would like to support the University of St Gallen in establishing an international presence in the area of “Law and Economics” that also represents the permanent association between the Max Schmidheiny Foundation, the benefactor’s family, and the University of St. Gallen. As a progressive model for private endowment, the Max Schmidheiny Foundation professorship is designed to be a mutually complementary, mixed programme of top-class visiting professors and a tenure-track professorship.

The Max Schmidheiny Foundation Tenure-Track-Professorship for Law and Economics
Since the autumn of 2006, the position of tenure-track professorship has been filled by Prof. Dr. Anne van Aaken, Max Schmidheiny Foundation Tenure Track Professor for Law and Economics, Public, International and European Law.
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The Max Schmidheiny Visiting Professorship for Entrepreneurship and Risk
In the spring semester 2010, Prof. Thomas Ulen from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champagne, Director of the Illinois Program in Law and Economics, holds the Max Schmidheiny Visiting Professorship for Entrepreneurship and Risk at the University of St.Gallen. Prof. Ulen gives lectures on the topic of "Behavioral Law and Economics ".
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Previous Max Schmidheiny Visiting Professors for Entrepreneurship and Risk:
2007 summer semester: Prof. Alan Schwartz, Sterling Professor of Law at Yale University
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2007 autumn semester: Prof. John J. Donohue III, Leigthon Homer Surbeck Professor of Law at the Yale Law School. Lectures on “Empirical Legal Studies”.
» More information on Prof. John Donohue
2008 spring semester: Prof. Marco Becht, Université Libre de Bruxelles, and Director, European Corporate Governance Institute. Lectures on the topic ’Capital Markets and Corporate Restructuring: Law and Economics of Private Equity and Hedge Funds’. Work Session on the topic ’Are Activist Investors a Threat to the Values of the Companies They Own?’ at the 38th St. Gallen Symposium.
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2009 spring semester: Prof. Geoffrey P. Miller, Stuyvesant P. Comfort Professor of Law, New York University, and Director, Center for the Study of Central Banks. Lectures on "Law and Economics of International Banking Regulation". Work Session on the topic "International Co-operation in Financial Crises: One for All and All for One or Everyman for Himself?" at the 39th St. Gallen Symposium.
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2009 autumn semester: Prof. Andrew Guzman, Berkeley Law School, University of California. Lectures on "International Law and Economics".
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2011 spring semester: Prof. A. Mitchell Polinsky, Josephine Scott Crocker Professor of Law and Economic at Stanford Law School. A pioneering American figure in the applications of economic theory to law, A. Mitchell Polinsky is a prolific scholar, producing work on the economic analysis of a wide variety of legal issues, from property to contract law to liability and punitive damages. Prof. Polinsky will lecture on the topic "Economic Analysis of Law: Market Failures and Their Corrections Trough Contracts, Regulations, Litigation and Enforcement".
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