Professor Orly Lobel Selected to Adjudicate International FCT Competition

San Diego April 2, 2009 – University of San Diego School of Law Professor Orly Lobel was selected as one of two judges from around the world to adjudicate the law grant competition of the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT). FCT is the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology, the public agency responsible for implementing the Portuguese Science and Technology government policy.

FCT’s mission consists in continuously promoting the advancement of scientific and technological knowledge in Portugal, exploring opportunities that become available in any scientific or technological domain to attain the highest international standards in the creation of knowledge, and to stimulate their diffusion and contribution to improve education, health, environment, and the quality of life and well being of the general public.

Professor Lobel was selected as one of the six judges on the 2009 Political Science/Law Panel. Along with Professor Ralf Rogowski from the United Kingdom, Lobel will adjudicate the submissions of grant proposals in the field of law. The competition is open to submissions from teams all over the world. The selection method and ranking of projects is based on a project merit indicator looking at scientific merit and innovative nature of the project from an international standpoint; scientific merit of the research team; feasibility of the plan of work and reasonableness of the budget; contribution to increasing the body of knowledge and competence of the National Science and Technology System (expected effects and results). Professor Lobel will travel to Lisbon, Portugal in the summer for the final stages of the adjudicative process.

About Professor 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.

About the University of San Diego School of Law

The University of San Diego School of Law is a center of academic excellence focused on preparing its students for legal practice in the new century. One of the most selective law schools in the country, the School of Law's nationally recognized faculty create a demanding, yet welcoming environment that emphasizes individualized education. USD law school graduates consistently score higher than the state average on the California Bar Exam and go on to practice law throughout the country and abroad, forming an influential network of alumni. USD School of Law is one of only 81 law schools in the country to have a chapter of The Order of the Coif, the most distinguished rank of American law schools. 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.


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