WorldCC Global Academic Symposium

Innovation & Technology in Contracting: Global Academic Symposium

November 11-12, 2020

Innovation and technology are driving rapid changes in contracting. This Symposium explores the nature of these changes - what it means to the commercial community and how technology can help us get there.

The Symposium gives voice to research in these areas, further building the network contributing to knowledge and progress and enabling increased impact in the delivery of social and economic value. The Symposium brings together a community of researchers and practitioners to support review and implementation of existing work, while at the same time providing a forum to act as a catalyst for further research partnerships and activity.

World Commerce & Contracting and Northwestern Pritzker School of Law invite researchers, academics, and practitioners to the first Academic Symposium in the World Commerce & Contracting Global Academic Symposium Series.

Faculty Organizer: Daniel W. Linna Jr., Senior Lecturer and Director of Law and Technology Initiatives 

Day 1: November 11, 2020, 9am-1pm Central Time

Day One of the Academic Symposium consists of short presentations and discussion, including the keynote lecture by Oliver Hart, Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor at Harvard University and co-recipient of the 2016 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel. Day One is open to all who register.


Opening Remarks
Tim Cummins, WorldCC and Daniel W. Linna Jr., Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

Keynote: Overcoming Contractual Incompleteness
Oliver Hart, Harvard University

Innovation and Technology Adoption: Understanding the Need and Measuring Quality and Value
Moderator: Daniel W. Linna Jr., Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
Speakers: Lisa Bernstein, University of Chicago Law School; Naomi Brookes, University of Warwick; Jamal Stockton, Fidelity Investments

Innovation and Technology Today: What’s Already Here?
Moderator: Laura Pedraza-Fariña, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
Speakers: Paul Lippe, xMentium; Alistair Maiden, SYKE; Beverly Rich, USC Marshall School of Business

Innovation and Technology Tomorrow: Where to Go, How to Get There?
Moderator: Kristian Hammond, Northwestern University McCormick School of Engineering
Speakers: Sally Guyer, WorldCC; David Nguyen, United Solutions; Meng Weng Wong, Singapore Management University

Day 2: November 12, 2020, 9am-1pm Central Time

Day Two consists of a workshop with small groups focused on a specific pain point or research question. Participation in the Day Two workshop is by invite and application. The small groups, working with a facilitator, will create a research agenda, building on the takeaways from the first day. The small groups will define the challenge (or vision), describe the current condition, and develop a roadmap for future research. Participants will complete prework, which facilitators will assemble before the workshop.


For more information and to register, visit WorldCC