Gerrit De Geest

Charles F. Nagel Professor of International and Comparative Law


J.D., 1983, Ghent University
M.E., 1986, Ghent University
Ph.D., 1993, Ghent University

Curriculum Vitae




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Phone / Email

Phone: (314) 935-7839
Email: degeest@wustl.edu  


Anheuser-Busch Hall, Room 457

Courses Taught

Contract Drafting Seminar
Comparative Law
Law & Economics


Professor Gerrit De Geest is a nationally and internationally known expert in law and economics and in comparative law. Director of the law school’s Center on Law, Innovation & Economic Growth, he most recently was a professor of law and economics at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. Professor De Geest is the author and editor of numerous books and articles in his areas of expertise, lecturing extensively on law and economics, tort law damages, and contracts at workshops and conferences on the national and international scene. In addition to his scholarship, he is series editor of the Encyclopedia of Law and Economics, 2nd edition; book series co-editor of New Horizons in Law and Economics; and consulting editor of the European Review of Contract Law. Among his professional affiliations, he is an advisory board member and past president of the European Association of Law and Economics.

Representative Publications

Selected Books

  • Contract Law and Economics (ed. De Geest), Edward Elgar (2011) (in series Encyclopedia of Law and Economics, vol. 2)
  • Economics of Comparative Law (ed. De Geest), Edward Elgar (2009) (in series Economic Approaches to Law, vol. 24)

Selected Recent Articles

  • "Irredeemable Acts, Rent Seeking, and the Limits of the Legal System: A Response to Professor Raskolnikov," 103 Georgetown Law Journal Online 23 (2014)
  • "'Who Should Be Immune From Tort Liability?,'" 41 Journal of Legal Studies, 291-319 (2013) [SSRN]
  • "The Rise of Carrots and the Decline of Sticks" (with G. Dari-Mattiacci), 80 The University of Chicago Law Review, 341-392 (2013) [SSRN]
  • "N Problems Require N Instruments" 35 International Review of Law and Economics 42-57 (2013) [SSRN]
  • "Carrots, Sticks, and the Multiplication Effect" (with G. Dari-Mattiacci), 26 Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization 365 (2010) [SSRN]
  • "The Formation of Contracts in the Draft Common Frame of Reference" (with M. Kovac), 17 European Review of Private Law 113 (2009)
  • "Annullable Bonuses and Penalties" (with G. Dari-Mattiacci and J.J. Siegers), 29 International Review of Law and Economics 349 (2009) [SSRN]


  • Visiting fellow, University of Chicago Law School, January 1 – March 31, 2014
  • Presented "Removing Rents: Why the Legal System Is Superior to the Income Tax at Reducing Income Inequality [SSRN] Columbia Law School Tax Policy Colloquium, Loyola (LA) Law School Tax Policy Colloquium, and the Economics Department of Ghent University
  • Former student Chen Zhao, JSD '13 (JSD committee members Gerrit De Geest, John Drobak, and Brian Tamanaha) has accepted a tenure track position at Nanjing Normal University Law School