CIEL is the world’s leading international conference on Legal Strategy. Organized biennially, CIEL brings together renowned international experts from the academic and professional communities in the fields of Law, Management, Technology, Economics, and Business, to discuss, share experiences and knowledge regarding Legal Strategy. Legal Strategy is a tool that relies on the available legal framework – as well as on multidisciplinary knowledge – to identify, generate and profit from legal advantages and opportunities, and to design suitable action plans that optimally meet clients’ business objectives.

Target Audience

Practitioners and academics from the areas of Law, Management, Economics, Technology (Fintech), Finance, and Business interested in:

Deepening their knowledge about behavioral economics, new technologies applied to financial services (Fintech), and contract governance.

Understanding how to create value and maximize the benefit of business strategies by taking advantage of the opportunities created by the legal framework

Contributing to the development of Legal Strategy and Corporate Legal Intelligence as research fields, through their own research, case studies, hypotheses, contributions, experiences and perspectives, or that simply wish to deepen their knowledge within these emerging fields.


Legal strategy is an emerging field of study and research where Law, Management, Economics, and Business are intertwined. Legal Strategy is gaining relevance in the international academic arena.

Legal strategy has been promoted by a leading group of international scholars that propose multifaceted approaches of study and conceptualization around this new field. Most scholars agree that the concept should be driven by a multidisciplinary vision aimed at building skills that complement professional knowledge.

In their proposals, leading scholars highlight the importance that legal professionals engage in multidisciplinary studies in order to develop tools that improve their ability to serve clients effectively. For corporate managers and decision-makers, the focus is to grasp and actively use the legal environment in which they conduct businesses to generate value and obtain better results for their stakeholders.

Legal Strategy highlights the relationship between Law and Management, in a perspective where managers visualize the legal environment as an opportunity – and not as a restriction – to achieve their business goals and to manage their risks, highlighting the role played by the law used in an innovative manner; while legal professionals use the discipline as a tool to assist managers in the design and implementation of their strategies.

Main Objective

The conference’s main objective is to encourage research and generate knowledge in the nascent field of Legal Strategy, while promoting innovative thinking, and proposals for new analytical tools and frameworks.

Core Objectives

  • Develop a new vision for the professional practice of business that transcends from a dimension oriented towards the development of knowledge to a development of abilities
  • Promote innovation through the design of new structures, as well as new research and analytical methods in the areas of Law, Management, Economics, and Business, which contribute to optimal business strategies
  • Highlight the value of multidisciplinary studies in legal analysis
  • Emphasize the value of law for the achievement of clients’ strategic objectives

2019 Theme: Smarter Contracts

Behavioral Insights, Fintech, Governance and Strategy

CIEL is the world’s leading conference on Legal Strategy. The CIEL 2019 biennial conference is structured around contracts. Contracting is in a state of flux. New and emerging technologies promise to change the way that economic agents negotiate, undertake and execute contracts. Findings from Behavioral Economics have provided new insights on how heuristics, biases and the contractual choice architecture affect decision making. This emerging landscape implies the need to rethink how legal strategists and business decision makers must upskill to face current challenges and opportunities.

Renowned experts, academics, practitioners and thought leaders are invited to discuss how contracts can be used to attain business objectives. A multifaceted approach will guide the discussion, focused on the following dimensions:

  • a) Smart Contracts, Fintech, and Blockchain. How are emerging technologies – like blockchain – changing the way that contracts are negotiated and executed? How can technology help register and manage firms’ contractual frameworks and property rights?
  • b) Behavioral Law and Economics and Choice Architecture. How can behavioral insights guide contractual strategy in order to achieve business objectives? How do behavioral biases, heuristics and cognitive limitations affect decision making in a contractual setting? Using nudges, default rules and other tools to achieve business objectives.
  • c) Contracting Strategy. How can an effective contract strategy be designed and implemented? How are agreements analyzed under law and strategic management?
  • d) Contractual governance. What is contractual governance? How does it add value to the design of the contractual structure for complex transactions? How are contractual networks governed?

Conference Program


Leonel Melo

President of OMG


Professor of Law, California Western School of Law. Co-Director, Center for Creative Problem-Solving. Coordinator, National Center for Preventive Law

Augusto Levi Professor of Commercial Law, Center for Empirical Studies of Decision. Making and the Law, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota Law School. Professor of Economics at the University of Bologna, Department of Economics

Edwin B. Parker Professor of Comparative Law, Columbia Law School Director, Center on Global Legal Transformation

Blockchain and Fintech associate, Sullivan & Worcester

Legal Advisor for Innovation, Digital Transformation and Strategic Affairs at Bancolombia; Research Associate, Singapore Management University


I. Pre-registration online

Online pre-registration is open for those interested in attending CIEL 2019 at the following link: Pre-Registration online

II. Fee

Registration fees for CIEL 2019 are as follows:

  • The registration fee per participant is USD$450.00
  • The fee for participants who attended the first CIEL Conference is US$380.00
  • Early-bird registration fee of USD$400.00 (available until 31st May 2019)
  • Groups of 5 people or more will receive a 10% discount on the registration fees

III. Method of payment

After completing and submitting the registration form, a staff member will contact the participant in order to process the payment of the registration fee using the method specified on the registration form.
The following payment methods are available:

Cash Cash payments can be made at the administrative offices of Instituto OMG.
Checks Checks shall be issued to the order of “Instituto OMG”.
Wire transfer To pay via by wire transfer contact ciel@iomg.edu.do, from which you will receive further instructions.
Credit/ Debit Card All credit and debit cards are accepted. Credit card payments will be handled by telephone once the registration application is submitted.

IV. Registration packets

The informative and supporting materials – as well as the ID badges and proof of payment (if applicable) – will be available to the participants in the registration areas of the conference prior to the start of the event.

V. Cancellation and refunds

Registration fees will not be refunded.

VI. Additional terms and conditions

  • Each participant must complete a registration form.
  • Registration fees must be fully paid by 30 July 2019.
  • Certificates of attendance will be emailed to each participant by 15 august 2019.
  • For more information regarding the registration process, please contact ciel@iomg.edu.do.

VII. Questions regarding the registration process

Contact us at ciel@iomg.edu.do.

Call for Papers and Case Studies

Under the framework of CIEL 2019 and in order to stimulate knowledge creation focused on Legal Strategy and Legal Business Intelligence, students, scholars and professionals are invited to submit research papers or case studies related to Legal Strategy.

The papers or case studies must be submitted within the deadlines established in the general guidelines. Once submitted and assessed, selected papers will be accepted for presentation during a special session of the event. Shortlisted papers will published in the conference’s website.

Deadline for submissions:
May 30, 2019



keynote Speakers Presentations 2017

1. CONSTANCE BAGLEY “Winning Legally: The Value of Legal Astuteness” Professor Bagley's presentation focused on how legally astute managers can work with strategically astute lawyers to enhance realizable value, manage risk, and marshal, deploy, and redeploy resources. As discussed in her chapter in The Oxford Handbook on Dynamic Capabilities (David Teece, ed., 2016), which is posted on her site winninglegally.com, , legal astuteness is a valuable managerial dynamic capability. During the conference, Professor Bagley also presented her systems approach to law, business and strategy and provided multiple examples of how legally astute top management teams can craft the value proposition and the activities in the value chain in a dynamic system that includes the competitive environment (analyzed using Peter's Five Forces), firm resources, public law, and the societal context.
2. DANIEL OSTAS “The Ethics of Legal Strategy” Professor Ostas' presentation focused on the ethics of corporate legal strategy. His discussion is rooted in the ethical obligation to obey law, empirical evidence on legal obedience, ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, and scholarly literature addressing the need for selfrestraint among business actors. Professor Ostas has written widely on these and other related topics. Ostas' vita, including a list of published works, is available at http://www.ou.edu/price/marketing_supplychainmanagement/people/daniel_ostas.html
3. DAVID OROZCO “Corporate Legal Strategy: At the Frontier of Research and Practice” Orozco, David, 2017. “Corporate Legal Strategy: At the Frontier of Research and Practice.” Presentation Material, First International Conference on Legal Strategy – Instituto OMG.
4. CLAUDIA LANDEO “Law, Economics, and Organization” Landeo, C.M., 2017. “Law, Economics, and Organization: Recent Developments.” Presentation Material, First International Conference on Legal Strategy – Instituto OMG.

Research Papers 2017
*available in Spanish


INSTITUTO OMG (IOMG) was the first initiative of Fundación OMG to foster research and education. It is rooted on the premise of promoting independent thinking and formulating strategies in legal aspects related to the development of nations.

IOMG was created as a Specialized Research and Training Legal Institute accredited by the Consejo Nacional de Educación Superior, Ciencia y Tecnología (CONESCYT) in November of 2010, in accordance with the laws of the Dominican Republic.

Its mission is to add value to society through the training and specialization of human resources under the highest educational standards, alongside scientific research that proposes legal solutions for development.

In order to attain its mission, the Institute has a specialized research center for Law and Development, called Centro OMG de Derecho y Desarrollo.

Portal Web: Instituto OMG

Contact information
Rafael Augusto Sánchez 86,
Roble Corporate Center, Piso 9, Piantini
Santo Domingo| C.P. 10148
Dominican Republic

Contact information

Rafael Augusto Sánchez 86,
Roble Corporate Center, Piso 9, Piantini
Santo Domingo| C.P. 10148
República Dominicana