Main Research Topics
12 … Evidence-Based Jurisprudence meets Legal Linguistics. Unlikely Blends Made in Germany, 43 Brigham Young University Law Review forthcoming (2018), jointly with Friedemann Vogel
10 … The Fabric of Language and Law. Towards an International Research Network for Computer Assisted Legal Linguistics (CAL²), 6 International Journal of Language & Law 101109 (2017), jointly with Friedemann Vogel
9 … Computer-Assisted Legal Linguistics. Corpus Analysis as a New Tool for Legal Studies, 42 Law & Social Inquiry 124 (2017), jointly with Friedemann Vogel / Isabelle Gauer
8 … Computer Assisted Legal Linguistics (CAL²), in Legal Knowledge and Information Systems. JURIX 2016: The Twenty-Ninth Annual Conference 195198 (Bex/Villata ed., 2016), jointly with Friedemann Vogel / Isabelle Gauer
6 … “Begin at the beginning”. Lawyers and Linguists Together in Wonderland, 3 The Winnower 19 (4919/2016), jointly with Friedemann Vogel / Dieter Stein / Andreas Abegg / Łucja Biel / Lawrence M. Solan
5 … Cui Bono, Benefit Corporation? An Experiment Inspired by Social Enterprise Legislation in Germany and the US, 11 Review of Law & Economics 79110 (2015), jointly with Sven Fischer / Sebastian J. GoergHow do barely incentivized norms impact incentive-rich environments? We take social enterprise legislation as a case in point. It establishes rules on behalf of constituencies that have no institutionalized means of enforcing them. By relying primarily on managers' other-regarding concerns whilst leaving corporate incentive structures unaltered, how effective can such legislation be? This question is vital for the ongoing debate about social enterprise forms, as recently introduced in several US states and in British Columbia, Canada. We ran a laboratory experiment with a framing likened to German corporate law which traditionally includes social standards. Our results show that a stakeholder provision, as found in both Germany and the US, cannot overcome material incentives. However, even absent incentives the stakeholder norm does not foster other regarding behavior but slightly inhibits it instead. Our experiment thus illustrates the paramount importance of taking into account both incentives and framing effects when designing institutions. We tentatively discuss potential policy implications for social enterprise legislation and the stakeholder debate.
2 … Student Participation in Legal Education in Germany and Europe, 10 German Law Journal 10951112 (2009), jointly with Lisa Rieder