Instructor(s): Anthony Niblett

For graduate students, the course number is LAW7070HS.

Note: Students who have taken the undergraduate or graduate course in Economic Analysis of Law may not take this course. JD/MA (Economics) combined program students are excluded from taking this course except with special permission from the instructor, in consultation with the Director of the combined program.

What effects do laws have? And, given these effects, which laws are the best for society? This seminar looks at the way economists analyze legal problems and how economics has contributed to our understanding of the legal system. This seminar will provide the basic toolkit for understanding the economic approach to legal problems. An introduction to microeconomics will be provided for those with little or no economics background. The course will look at both theory and empirical evidence. Topics include: contracts, torts, property, criminal law. No economics background is required for this course.

Evaluation
Students will be required to write a paper of 5,000 words on a topic of their choosing (80%). The balance of their evaluation (20%) will be based on class participation which includes input into class discussions and five comments (250-500 words each) on the readings. Students may fulfill the Perspective paper requirements in this course.

At a Glance

Second Term
Credits
3
Hours
2
Perspective course

Enrolment

Maximum
40

34 JD
6 LLM/SJD/MSL/NDEGS/SJD U

Schedule

T: 10:30 - 12:20