Complex Business Regulation: Learning By Tinkering

Even when problems in business regulation involve quantitative techniques beyond the scope of the law school curriculum, students can benefit from an intuitive understanding of the regulatory scheme. JavaScript calculators offer an accessible way for students to formulate and test hypotheses and to visualize the operation and interaction of the underlying formulas and rules. In this session I will demonstrate Web-based calculators I have created and used to develop student intuitions about key concepts in the areas of antitrust, securities, and patent law. No prior background in these areas is necessary.

Practitioners have also found some of these calculators helpful in automating and improving the accuracy of the quantitative analyses in question. I will share lessons learned from using these calculators over fifteen years of law teaching, and from recent software development collaborations with teams of undergraduate computer science students.

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Andrew Chin has been an associate professor at the University of North Carolina School of Law since 2001, where he teaches patent, antitrust, intellectual property, international intellectual property, and cyberspace law.


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06/18/2016 - 09:00-06/18/2016 - 10:00

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