Course date

17 July - 4 August, 2000
Application deadline
15 February, 2000
Course Director(s): 

Zeljko Sevic

Accounting and Finance, University of Greenwich, United Kingdom
Course Faculty: 

Jurgen Backhaus

Public Finance and Fiscal Sociology, Erfurt University, Germany

Aleksandra Jovanovic

Economics, University of Belgrade, Serbia

Jonathan Macey

Cornell University, Ithaca, United States of America

Ugo Mattei

College of Law, University of California, Berkeley, United States of America
Course objectives 
The main objective of this course is to enable its participants to confidently use methodology of law and economics in the process of economic analysis of law. Students should be able to critically examine different legal acts and offer rational explanation for their enactment, their social rationale and political and social purpose. Examining different social institutions the participants will develop further instruments of critical thinking and be able to distinguish between socially efficient and inefficient legal acts. At the end of the course, students are expected to demonstrate a considerable level of understanding of law and economics (economic analysis of law) and to confidently apply different techniques and methods inherent to both legal and economic critical thinking.

Although the emphasis will be put on economic methods and instruments which enables a scholar and/or practitioner to examine positive legislative acts, participants will be exposed to general theory of State and Law, as well, and the role of law and economics in facilitating the process of social change in both developed and transitional economies. The aim of the course is to support individual work and initiate wide student participation and critical examination of legislative process in their respective countries, referring to cultural traditions, political games, current public policy process, economic environment, etc.

The course is conceived as a self-contained intermediate-advanced course in economic understanding of law and regulations. However, in order to enhance wider participation of young scholars particularly from the target Regions the methodology and introductory lessons will also be offered. 

Course level, target audience 
This course targets young promising scholars interested in legal, economic, political and applied public policy issues. All potential participants are expected to have a very good first degree, general knowledge of the legal system and/or legal order and economic methodology.

The applicants should be young scholars employed at educational institutions teaching related courses, or young professionals who demonstrated clear interest in advancement of knowledge in inter-disciplinary fields. In the statement of purpose of the application form a potential participant must outline his/her motives and critically assess his/her past experiences and interest in the subject of the Course.