- Code LAWS8228
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by ANU Law School
- ANU College ANU College of Law
- Course subject Laws
- Areas of interest Law, Economics
- Academic career PGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
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:
- Explain, conceptualise and distinguish 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;
- Identify, analyse and critically examine the complexities of the interplay between economic consequences and the role of law and legal institutions;
- Identify, critically examine and apply specific legal policy issues from a law and economics perspective; and
- Demonstrate, at masters level, the ability to independently plan and execute a research project applying legal research principles and methodologies to critically analysis and apply legal principles and practice to complex issues.
- Class Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Research Essay (7000 words) (90) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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Classes offered in non-standard sessions will be taught on an intensive base with compulsory contact hours (approximately 26 hours of face to face teaching). The course will also require advanced preparation through assigned readings. In total, it is anticipated that the hours required for completion of this course (class preparation, teaching and completion of assessment) will not exceed 120 hours. Classes offered during semester periods are expected to have 3 contact hours per week.
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Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsThe prescribed text for this course is:
- Robert D. COOTER and Thomas ULEN (2012), Law and Economics, Addison Wesley Longman, 6th edition
Students must rely on the approved Class Summary which will be posted to the Programs and Courses site approximately 2 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.
Assumed KnowledgeStudents without an Australian law degree must have completed LAWS8587 Legal Framework of Regulation
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- Unit value:
- 6 units
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