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Law and Economics of the Coronavirus Crisis

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  • Provides highly topical insights on approaching the coronavirus crisis
  • Analyses the legal, regulatory, environmental, and economic aspects of the coronavirus crisis
  • Offers different perspectives on effects, measures, and future possibilities of the coronavirus crisis

Part of the book series: Economic Analysis of Law in European Legal Scholarship (EALELS, volume 13)

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Table of contents (13 chapters)


About this book

The coronavirus pandemic struck unexpectedly, posing unprecedented challenges around the world. At the same time, this crisis also offers a unique opportunity for reflection, research, and insight regarding this and similar global and domestic crises. There is much to be learned from analysing the effects of the crisis. It provides a chance for a fresh scholarly examination of important aspects of legal regulation, policymaking, and more. This volume pursues these questions from a broad range of Law and Economics perspectives and is divided into two parts. The first part examines the immediate impact of and responses to the coronavirus crisis, while the second explores the future possibilities that scholarly analysis of this crisis can offer. 

As to the immediate impact and responses, questions of compliance with regulations and safety measures, nudging and decision-making with regard to the coronavirus crisis are examined from the perspective of behavioural economics. In addition, the short- and long-term effects of various emergency policy responses on contract law are studied. Current issues and challenges like the regulation of internet platforms, excessive pricing, the right to adequate food, risk and loss allocation, as well as remote learning and examinations, which have been impacted, brought about, complicated or aggravated by the coronavirus crisis, are analysed in depth. Lastly, future possibilities in the areas of data access rights, economic instability and the balance between political-economic interests and social interests, patenting, food labels and open data are illustrated. 

Editors and Affiliations

  • Faculty of Law, University of Lucerne, Lucerne, Switzerland

    Klaus Mathis

  • The School of Law, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, USA

    Avishalom Tor

About the editors

Klaus Mathis is full professor of Public Law, Law of the Sustainable Economy, and Philosophy of Law at the University of Lucerne, Switzerland. He is director of the International Network for Law and Economics – lucernaforum, the Institute for Interdisciplinary Legal Studies – lucernaiuris, and the Center for Law and Sustainability (CLS). His particular fields of expertise are Swiss Constitutional Law, Law and Economics, Law of Sustainable Development, and Philosophy of Law.

Avishalom Tor is Professor of Law and Director of the Notre Dame Research Program on Law and Market Behavior (ND LAMB). His particular fields of expertise are Behavioural Law and Economics, Antitrust Law, and Behavioural Decision Research.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Law and Economics of the Coronavirus Crisis

  • Editors: Klaus Mathis, Avishalom Tor

  • Series Title: Economic Analysis of Law in European Legal Scholarship

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Law and Criminology, Law and Criminology (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2022

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-95875-6Published: 28 April 2022

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-95878-7Published: 29 April 2023

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-95876-3Published: 27 April 2022

  • Series ISSN: 2512-1294

  • Series E-ISSN: 2512-1308

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: VIII, 405

  • Number of Illustrations: 4 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: International Economic Law, Trade Law, Law and Economics, Medical Law

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