Team of International Scholars Including USD Law Professor Lobel Releases UN Global Analysis Report

Vienna, Austria (November 19, 2012) – The Center for Global Governance Studies and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)—a team of leading international academics that includes Orly Lobel, the Herzog Endowed Scholar and Professor of Law at the University of San Diego—released today a report naming the top 10 countries in the 2012 Connectedness Index: Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium, Finland, Singapore, Ireland, Canada and the United States.

Since last year, Canada and Ireland have significantly improved their positions, but the United States, while still ranked 10th, has lost six places in the index due to its deteriorating international connectedness sub-index.

The report, Networks for Prosperity: Connecting Development Knowledge Beyond 2015, illustrates the importance of network governance in the context of economic globalization, aid and development. It argues that this is of particular relevance in the context of the current debate on the establishment of a new set of global development goals by 2015. The updated 2012 Connectedness Index, covering 132 countries, shows that many emerging economies—such as Chile, Costa Rica, South Africa and Vietnam—have systematically improved their connectedness.

Human capital and knowledge retention is the subject of Professor Lobel’s contribution to the report. In October, Lobel was invited to speak at a UNIDO meeting at the United Nations headquarters in Vienna, Austria, to discuss her research about knowledge networks and policies that encourage investment and effective use of human capital, which is the subject of her forthcoming book, Innovation’s Edge (Yale University Press, forthcoming 2013).

Within the UNIDO report, Lobel investigates the way knowledge-flows can contribute to innovation and explores the barriers preventing knowledge flows between firms. Intellectual property issues are at the core of arguments presented, as overprotection of such rights impedes the improvement of a given idea, technology, or practice. Encapsulation of human capital results, thus impeding knowledge network formation and inhibiting innovative behaviors. The implications of this contribution are profound for international knowledge management.

Read the full UNIDO report.

About Orly Lobel

An internationally acclaimed expert in the law and economics of human capital, Orly Lobel is the Don Weckstein Professor of Law at the University of San Diego and founding faculty member of the Center for Intellectual Property and Markets. She teaches and writes in the areas of employment law, intellectual property law, regulatory and administrative law, torts, behavioral economics, health policy, consumer law and trade secrets. Her current research focuses on innovation policy and intellectual property. Lobel’s latest book is Talent Wants to Be Free: Why We Should Learn to Love Leaks, Raids, and Free-Riding.

About the University of San Diego School of Law

Recognized for the excellence of its faculty, curriculum and clinical programs, the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law enrolls approximately 900 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest law, and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 81 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school’s faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 23rd worldwide in all-time faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, nonprofit, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.