George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School

The Unique Contributions of Armen Alchian, Robert Bork, and James Buchanan to George Mason University School of Law

Event Details

Third Annual Henry G. Manne Law & Economics Conference

Tenth Anniversary Symposium of the Journal of Law, Economics, and Policy

This one day symposium reflected on the lives and works of three great scholars who contributed in significant ways to Law & Economics at George Mason University School of Law:

  • Armen Alchian taught in the LEC’s Economics Institutes for Judges and Law Professors for over 20 years.
  • Robert Bork taught as an adjunct professor at the law school during its formative years.
  • James Buchanan was instrumental in the hiring of Henry G. Manne as Dean of GMU School of Law in 1986 — the same year in which Buchanan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Science.

The symposium consisted of four panels — one dedicated to each of the scholars and a concluding panel that synthesized the contributions of all three.



Papers presented at this conference were published in a symposium issue (Vol. 10, No. 3) of the Journal of Law, Economics, and Policy.

Manne, Geoffrey A., and Zywicki, Todd J., “Uncertainty, Evolution, and Behavioral Economic Theory.”

Wright, Joshua D., “Some Reflections on Armen Alchian’s Contributions to George Mason University School of Law and the Federal Judiciary.”

McChesney, Fred S., “Magnus Magister: An Affectionate Appreciation of Armen Alchian.”

Ginsburg, Douglas H., and Owings, Taylor M., “Since Bork.”

Adler, Jonathan H. ,”Robert Bork & Commercial Speech.”

Harrison, John, “Public Choice and Judicial Virtue.”

Boettke, Peter, and Palagashvili, Liya,  “James Buchanan’s Contributions to Constitutional Political Economy, Institutional Analysis, and Self-Governance.”


McGinnis, John O., “Public Choice Originalism: Bork, Buchanan, and the Escape from the Progressive Paradigm.”


Haddock, David D., “The Relevant Theory of Irrelevant Externalities: Buchanan, Coase, and Pigou.”