Joseph M. Hartfield Professor of Law Emeritus
Ph.D., University of Virginia, 1965
A.B., Providence, 1961
Charles Goetz in 1975 became the first full-time non-lawyer member of the faculty. Since then he has been a driving force in the interdisciplinary study of law and economics at the Law School. Goetz currently teaches antitrust law, contracts, law and economics, and modern methods of proof (complex evidence: experts, statistics, video, computers, etc.). He has a scholarly interest in the applications of economic analysis to law and antitrust, regulatory, and non-market public policy analysis. His Law and Economics casebook, published in 1984, is the first of its kind. Goetz is a member of the Public Choice Society, the Southern Economic Association, and Phi Beta Kappa. He serves on the board of editors for the Review of Constitutional Political Economy, as a referee for various professional journals, and as a consultant for a number of legal and non-profit entities.
In 1964-65 Goetz was a NATO postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pavia, Italy. Prior to his appointment at Virginia, he taught economics at the University of Illinois and Virginia Tech, where he was director of the Virginia Tech graduate program in economics.
Goetz has taught economics courses for the judiciary, in the Law School's LL.M. program for judges, and in programs for the federal judiciary under the auspices of the Federal Judicial Center and of the George Mason Law and Economics Center. He also has worked with a number of law firms as a litigation consultant and expert witness.
Scholarship Profile: Festschrift to Charles J. Goetz (Virginia Journal 2003)