Le Grand Syllabus 2017/2018
nomics”. Throughout the course we will explore its positive and normative assumptions, perspectives and methodologies. We will also discuss various critiques levied against its main tenets. Exploring thewritings of some of the main advocates for and against this school of thought, the aim is to depict a complete picture where the assessment of the application, principles and ideologies of this movement can be critically investigated. The class will start with an overall introduction to this movement and some of its basic critiques. Then we will move to address some of its fundamental theorems, particularly the Coase Theorem and other pillar economic concepts heavily utilized by this school. We will then focus on its normative aspects dealing with evaluating and prescribing legal norms using the standard of economic efﬁciency. Here we will focus on the notion of efﬁciency as the normative guiding principle of any law and economics approach. We will explore critiques to this normative take and discuss various alternative approaches. These will rely on notions of equity, distribution, social justice and some aspects of behavioral economics. Having introduced the normative law and economics branch from a critical perspective, we will then move to investigate how the movement deals with concepts of property law, accident law, contract law, litigation and the legal process, public enforcement and criminal law. Here we will once again critically assess the approach utilized by the law and economics movement in each of these ﬁelds. Required reading : The course will rely on several textbooks and articles. The material will be uploaded onto Google Drive ; A. Mitchell Polinsky, An Introduction to Law and Economics (3rd ed., 2003) ; Amartya Sen, Economic Methodology : Heterogeneity and Relevance, 71(3) Social Research (Fall 2004) ; Cento G. Veljanovski, The Economic Approach to Law : A Critical Introduction, 7 British J. L. Sos. (Winter 1980), pp.158193 ; Robert Cooter, Thomas Ulen, Law and Economics (6th ed., 2011), chapter 1, An Introduction to Law and Economics, pp. 1-11.
Teachers : Martine KLOEPFER PELESE (Maître de conférences des Universités à Paris 13). Pedagogical Format : Seminar Course validation : Take-home exam. Oral participation will also be taken into account (additional points might be added to the ﬁnal grade depending on the frequency and the quality of the student's oral participation). Course Description : The past decades have brought certain corporate transactions and arrangements to the forefront of public attention and public debate. At the same time, a new mode of corporate law analysis has been developed, more particularly in the United States. It is a mode of analysis that uses the tools of economics to identify the consequences and desirable features of corporate law rules. This course aims then, through carefully chosen topics, such as the elaboration of corporate law, tender offers or insider dealing, at providing the necessary background to understand the mechanics of the economic analysis of law as applied to modern corporate law, at understanding how it has or might affect the rules applicable in those areas and help determine whether it is, or not, a desirable approach to law. Required reading : to be deﬁned.
LAW AND PRACTICE OF THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION (WTO) (THE)
Semester : Autumn Number of hours : 24 Language of tuition : English
Opened to the exchange program
Teachers : Makane MBENGUE (Professeur associé, Geneva University of Law School). Prerequisite : None. Pedagogical Format : Seminar Course validation : Participation in class + written exam. Workload : Maximum 2 hours a week. Course Description : For almost ﬁfty years, the GATT (General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade) was the main pillar of international trade regulation. Following an intense round of trade negotiations (i.e., the "Uruguay round"), the WTO was established in 1995. The WTO is perhaps the
LAW AND ECONOMICS
Semester : Spring Number of hours : 24 La