Instructor(s): Anthony Niblett

For graduate students, the course number is LAW7070HS.

Note: Students who have taken the graduate course in Economic Analysis of Law in the Economics department 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 class looks at the way economists analyze legal problems and how economics has contributed to our understanding of the legal system. This class will provide the basic toolkit for understanding the economic approach to legal problems. We will look at both theory and empirical evidence. Topics include: contracts, torts, property, criminal law, game theory, uncertainty, imperfect information, and behavioural economics.

No economics background is required for this course.

Evaluation
There are 3 components to the course evaluation. Students will be required to write a final, 2-hour closed-book exam (60%) and write 6 short responses (250-500 words each) answering questions about the reading (30%). There is also a 10% participation grade, based on student input into class discussions.

At a Glance

Second Term
Credits
3
Hours
2

Enrolment

Maximum
40
34 JD
6 LLM/SJD/MSL/NDEGS/SJD U

Schedule

W: 2:10 - 4:00