The first part of this course introduces students to the economic approach covering important basic economic concepts and theories (including efficiency, notions of social benefit and cost, the Coase Theorum, Median Voter Theory, and Agency Theory).
The second part of this course applies these theories to the analysis of rules and legal institutions. Topics in the second half could include
- Property, Contract and Tort Law and Economics (applying the Coase Theorum and extensions)
- Economic Analysis of Disputes, Litigation, Court and Tribunal Decision Making (including the economic analysis of the efficiency of the common law)
- Economic Analysis of Government - Constitutional and Administrative Law and economics (including public choice theory of Parliamentary Government and agency theory of Executive Government)
- The economics of Corporations law ( including transactions costs analysis of the role of Corporate Personality, Limited Liability, and Directors Duties)
- The Economics of Competition Law ( and its relationship to Intellectual Property)
- Economics and the Criminal Justice System,
- The use of economic evidence in court, and Government decision making the role of theory, econometrics, statistical and financial analysis.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
A participant who has successfully completed this course should:
- have a sound understanding of basic economic methodology and the meaning of concepts such as efficiency, justice, rights, legal rules and institutions and the relationships between them;
- be able to appreciate the economic consequences and role of law and legal institutions;
- be able to analyse specific legal policy issues of interest to them from a law and economics perspective
Students must rely on the approved Means of Assessment which will be posted to the Wattle course site approximately 4 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.
Assessment is likely to consist of a major research essay (6,000-8,000 words).
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26 Contact Hours (Intensive Delivery over 4 days) plus private study time.
2014 Intensive course dates: 31 October & 1, 3-4 November
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsIndicative text: Robert D. COOTER and Thomas ULEN, Law and Economics, Addison Wesley Longman, 6th edition, (2011)
Preliminary ReadingIf you have not undertaken economics in the past you should in particular begin to read chapters 1 and 2 of Cooter and Ulen Law and Economics in advance of classes.
A Course Outline will be available on the Wattle course site approximately 4 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.
Assumed KnowledgeNon-lawyers must have completed LAWS8015 Fundamentals of Government and Commercial Law
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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|9660||14 Oct 2016||14 Oct 2016||28 Oct 2016||29 Nov 2016||In Person||N/A|