• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law, Economics

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.

Learning Outcomes

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

Indicative Assessment

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

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Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be enrolled in the Graduate Certificate of Law (CLAW) and have completed or be completing LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions. OR Be in enrolled in: Master of International Law (7310XMINTL), Master of Environmental Law (7309XMENVL), Master of Law, Governance & Development (7317XMLGD), Master of International Security Law (7318XMISL), Master of Government and Commercial Law (7313XMGCL), Master of Legal Studies (7305XMLEGS).

Prescribed Texts

Indicative text: Robert D. COOTER and Thomas ULEN, Law and Economics, Addison Wesley Longman, 6th edition, (2011)

Preliminary Reading

If 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 Knowledge

Non-lawyers must have completed LAWS8015 Fundamentals of Government and Commercial Law


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2958
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Spring Session

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

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