Gruter Overview​

Advancing Interdisciplinary Collaboration to Address the Challenges of our Time.

The mission of the Gruter Institute is to build a richer understanding of the underlying behaviors at the heart of society’s most pressing problems and to understand how law and other institutions facilitate or hinder those behaviors. To that end, for over forty years, the Institute has brought together leaders from diverse fields ranging from evolutionary biology, economics, anthropology, finance and law to exchange knowledge and foster collaboration across disciplines. These collaborations – “Co-Labs” – focus on core questions involving cooperation, trust, and society. Co-Labs result in tangible outputs, including conferences, publications, policy recommendations and the architecture of innovative institutional and legal policies. 

By harnessing this unique inter-disciplinary toolkit, the Institute brings new insights to challenges ranging from pandemic policy, understanding innovation, leadership, regulation, artificial intelligence and other pressing societal issues. Through more than 150 conferences and publications, the Institute continues to foster a unique interdisciplinary hub that catalyzes research at the intersection of law, economics and human behavior.

Six key principles guide the Institute’s activities:

  • Science is a dynamic, complex system, with new information emerging and competing with existing information every day
  • The open exchange of such information across disciplines is critical to improving challenges of society
  • Biology and other life sciences are making rapid advances in our understanding of human behavior
  • A deeper understanding human behavior provides valuable information for improving challenges in law and public policy
  • Interdisciplinary analysis provides a more robust mechanism for addressing the challenges of our time; however, employing an interdisciplinary toolkit is difficult and rare due to disciplinary silos (e.g. physical/campus spaces, publishing venues, and collaborative opportunities), differences in language and methods, preferences for tidy models over messy complex systems, and fear of stepping outside of a given area of academic expertise 
  • Creating a home for interdisciplinary collaboration – our Co-Labs – provides a critical catalyst for novel and useful approaches and solutions to society’s challenges

A non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, the Gruter Institute is centered around a group of Research Fellows and participating scholars comprised of some of the finest scientists, educators and practitioners from around the world, who are active in organizing and implementing research in law, economics and biology. The Institute is governed by its Board of Directors and assisted by an Advisory Board.