Events and Workshops

Events and Workshops

Annual Workshop for Regulatory Law and Economics

September 27-October 1, 2024

Aspen Meadows Resort (Aspen, Colorado)

The application period for the September 2024 Workshop will open in early June 2024. 


Research Symposium on Integrating Science and Law & Economics to Inform Energy Policy in a Decarbonized Future

June 25-26, 2024

Northwestern Pritzker School of Law (Chicago, Illinois)

This Symposium, presented by the Paula M. Trienens Institute for Sustainability and Energy and the Institute for Regulatory Law and Economics at the Northwestern Center on Law, Business, and Economics, will provide an opportunity to convene scholars, policy practitioners, and members of industry to explore the science and policy of energy technologies and energy system integration in a decarbonizing electric system. There will be ample collaborative discussion opportunities for all attendees during the active breaks and small group discussion break-outs each day.

The Symposium will feature a virtual Keynote Address by U.S. Congressman Sean Casten (6th District of Illinois) and an in-person Keynote Discussion with Pat Wood, III (CEO, Hunt Energy Network; Former Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Former Chairman of the Public Utility Commission of Texas).

This event will also celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Institute for Regulatory Law & Economics and is the inaugural endeavor for increased collaboration between the Trienens Institute and IRLE.

Agenda (pdf)

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Annual Workshop for Regulatory Law and Economics

October 13-17, 2023

Aspen Meadows Resort (Aspen, Colorado)

The application period for the October 2023 Workshop is now closed. 

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Annual Workshop for Regulatory Law and Economics

October 7-11, 2022

Aspen Meadows Resort (Aspen, Colorado)

The IRLE workshop is open for applications from all state regulators and commission staff who have an interest in network industries such as telecommunications and energy. The workshop draws on the expertise of leading academics, practitioners, and scholars who distill the critical law and economics issues that arise in closely regulated network industries and presents them in a coherent fashion. In particular, it highlights the important tools provided by neoclassical economics, innovation and dynamism, institutional and organizational economics, public choice economics, and the innovator’s dilemma. The curriculum also includes a discussion of corporate finance principles and risk valuation as applied to regulation. This four-day conference will foster discussion and cohesion, so attendance is limited to no more than 20 attendees.

The IRLE is an educational and outreach program of the University of Colorado Denver College of Engineering, Design and Computing, to sharpen the tools required for principled and thoughtful regulatory decision-making.

Your registration to the IRLE workshop will include all materials needed for experiments and readings, lodging, all meals and snacks, shuttle to/from the airport and reimbursed economy flight fees. You will be responsible for making your own flight arrangements. IRLE will reimburse you for the airfare and one checked bag from your home location to/from the conference. You will be responsible for providing your flight receipts and completing the paperwork. Reimbursements will not be issued prior to the workshop.


Deadline:  July 29, 2022

Registration has closed

Agenda and Materials

The agenda and suggested reading materials will be sent to you and posted when available. Most of the readings for the workshop will be available online.


Upon acceptance to the workshop, we will reserve a room for you at the Aspen Meadows Resort, checking in on October 7, 2022 and departing on October 11, 2022, under the IRLE group booking. If your travel plans require different start and/or end dates, please let us know immediately. Your registration will cover four nights of lodging; an additional night before and after the workshop will be available to you to reserve at the workshop group rate if you would like to come early or stay on. A confirmation will be sent to you prior to your arrival.


The closest airport to Aspen Meadows Resort is Aspen (ASE). You are responsible for booking your flight to the workshop. Once at the workshop, reimbursement forms will be available. We welcome family members who may be joining you, but are only able to reimburse your flight expense from your point of origin to Aspen, Colorado and the same return. Additional travel will not be reimbursed.

Ground Transportation

Based on your scheduled itinerary we will arrange for the Aspen Meadows Resort shuttle to transport you to and from the Aspen airport. The shuttle will also be available for transport around town while in Aspen. You will be responsible for your own ground transportation to and from your local airport.


Group breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and dinners will be provided for you while in Aspen, starting with dinner on Friday night and ending with lunch on Tuesday. Each meal will have a variety of food options available to accommodate most dietary needs.

Discussions over meals are an integral part of the workshop. If you have a traveling companion, they are welcome to join us at dinner, and their meal charge will be billed to your room.


The dress attire for the IRLE seminar is casual. The weather in Aspen, Colorado in October can vary between 30-65 degrees Fahrenheit, so layers, sweaters, and jeans are appropriate. When outdoors, coats, hats, and gloves may be needed.


Workshop participation space is limited. Any cancellation after September 15 will be hard to fill. If you cancel your participation in the workshop, flight expenses will not be reimbursed and Aspen Meadows may charge a cancellation fee for lodging expenses.

Please inform us immediately of changes in your attendance. Contact Lynne Kiesling with any changes or assistance you may need with your registration.