First Term 2018/2019
SYNOPSIS OF THE EMLE COURSES
First Term (October - December)
(Haifa, Hamburg, Rotterdam)
In this term, students earn 20 ECTS credits. All students are offered two introductory tutorials and they must attend the same five fundamental courses. ECTS credits earned with each course are reported in brackets.
Foundations of Law & Economics (4 ECTS)
Economic analysis of law investigates legal rules and enforcement from an efficiency perspective. The main purpose of this course is to equip students with the fundamental set of conceptual tools of microeconomics, which can be applied to different economic and regulatory problems. After dwelling into the analytics of consumers’ and producers’ choice, the course discusses the main market structures, risk and uncertainty, and market failures.
2. Introduction to Law (together with Microeconomics Foundation of Law & Economics, 4 ECTS)
This course provides a general introduction to the law and to the study of law. Students will become acquainted with the main fields of law: private law, criminal law, constitutional and administrative law. Specific attention will be paid to the basic differences between common law and civil law systems and to the relationship between national laws and European law. Besides the study and discussion of literature, students will train specific legal skills, such as the use of statutes, the analysis of judgments and the solution of legal cases. This course seeks to:
1. Harmonize levels of understanding of law among lawyers and economists in the EMLE programme
2. Facilitate among lawyers from various countries an understanding of basic legal concepts and doctrines across legal systems
3. Introduce both lawyers & economists to legal concepts and methods that are instrumental in the field of law and economics
3. Concepts and Methods of Law & Economics (4 ECTS)
This course offers an introduction to the basic concepts and methods of law and economics. It illustrates the broad utility of these tools by way of applications to the analysis of various core areas of law. This course does not aim to develop practical skills or new insights, but rather to show the broad utility of economic analysis of law. By combining examples from various areas of law, students will learn that the economic approach to law provides a unified vision of the law, tying together diverse areas of the law into a common theoretical structure.
4. Economic Analysis of Public Law (4 ECTS)
This course offers an introduction to the economic analysis of regulation, which is broadly interpreted as government intervention in market processes. The course illustrates the purposes of regulatory intervention from a welfare economics perspective, and it discusses the tension between public and private interest in regulatory choices. A special focus of this course is on issues of European regulation and on cost-benefit analysis.
5. Economics Analysis of Private Law (8 ECTS)
This double course aims at giving students an overview of the most important insights from the economic analysis of private law. It combines economic analysis of property law, tort law, and contract law. As far as property law is concerned, the course integrates the legal and the economic approach to ownership and illustrates costs and benefits of different ways to protect entitlements. As far as tort law is concerned, the course offers a comparative analysis of the legal principles from an economic perspective, particularly regarding the structure of liability, the damage compensation, and the insurance. As far as contract law is concerned, the course illustrates its goals and functions from an economic perspective. Moreover, it aims to provide a functional understanding of the spectrum of feasible contracts and of their use in legal practice.
"The first day you enter the classroom, you will be amazed by the diversity of the student body, nationality wise and background wise. Do you expect to have a lawyer colleague who is also a pianist? Can you imagine that you say “Guten Tag” when you grab a coffee at a café before your seminar starts and say “Buonasera” when you leave a dinner party the other day? You should be prepared for something more, be prepared for people who open your mind and be prepared for a new prospect for the world. More excitingly you will learn a new research approach that you can apply to your assignments with your colleagues and even to your future career. EMLE is not just another LLM programme in Europe but the LLM."
[EMLE Student 2015/2016]