• Offered by ANU 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:

  1. 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;
  2. Identify, analyse and critically examine the complexities of the interplay between economic consequences and the role of law and legal institutions;
  3. Identify, critically examine and apply specific legal policy issues from a law and economics perspective; and
  4. 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.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Class Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. 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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Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a: Master of Laws (MLLM); Master of Legal Practice (MLEGP); or Juris Doctor (MJD) and have completed or be completing five 1000 or 6100 level LAWS courses; or Graduate Certificate of Law (CLAW) and have completed or be completing LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions; or Master of Military Law (MMILL) Students undertaking any ANU graduate program may apply for this course. Enrolments are accepted on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the ANU College of Law for permission number.

Prescribed Texts

The prescribed text for this course is:
  • Robert D. COOTER and Thomas ULEN (2012), Law and Economics, Addison Wesley Longman, 6th edition

Preliminary Reading

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 Knowledge

Students without an Australian law degree must have completed LAWS8587 Legal Framework of Regulation


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
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Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8718 21 Jul 2025 28 Jul 2025 31 Aug 2025 24 Oct 2025 Online N/A

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