Insegnamento a.a. 2022-2023

50217 - LEGAL ARGUMENTATION AND ECONOMIC ANALYSIS OF LAW

Department of Law

Course taught in English
Go to class group/s: 19 - 20
CLMG (8 credits - I sem. - OB  |  IUS/20)
Course Director:
GIOVANNI TUZET

Classes: 19 (I sem.) - 20 (I sem.)
Instructors:
Class 19: GIOVANNI TUZET, Class 20: GIOVANNI TUZET


Lezioni della classe erogate in presenza

Suggested background knowledge

Remembering what was discussed in the "Critical Thinking" seminar will help students orientate here.

Mission & Content Summary

MISSION

How to argue in legal contexts? What are the main arguments used in judicial decisions? What is the place of economic arguments in law? The course aims at fostering students’ skills in legal argument and economic analysis. The first part of the course presents the main argumentative and interpretive techniques used in legal practice and some models of justification of judicial decisions. It also discusses the features of arguments on facts and the role of probability in legal factfinding. The second part of the course presents the main tools and claims of the economic analysis of law. It discusses, in particular, the economic approach to tort law, contracts, and property law – with a special focus on the role of probability in the economic arguments about law.

CONTENT SUMMARY

FIRST PART

  • Argumentation and Reasoning
  • The Contexts of Legal Argumentation
  • The Justification of Judicial Decisions
  • The Syllogism Model
  • The Double Justification Model
  • Interpretive Arguments
  • Arguments on Facts
  • Evidence and Probability

 

SECOND PART

  • Positive and Normative Economics
  • Efficiency Concepts
  • Coase Theorem
  • Economic Analysis of Torts
  • Economic Analysis of Contracts
  • The Efficient Breach Model
  • Economic Analysis of Property Law

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO)

KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING

At the end of the course student will be able to...
  • Distinguish the main interpretive and argumentative techniques in law
  • Understand the main tools, merits and limits of the economic approach to law
  • Think and write like a lawyer

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APPLYING KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING

At the end of the course student will be able to...
  • Analyze and critically assess judicial reasoning and economic claims about law
  • Apply the notions presented in the course to concrete cases and discuss critical issues

Teaching methods

  • Face-to-face lectures
  • Exercises (exercises, database, software etc.)
  • Case studies /Incidents (traditional, online)

DETAILS

  • Exercises on tests simulating the exam
  • Traditional case studies on legal and economic issues

Assessment methods

  Continuous assessment Partial exams General exam
  • Written individual exam (traditional/online)
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ATTENDING AND NOT ATTENDING STUDENTS

The exam grade will be determined with these criteria (of equal weight):

  • quality of presentation (clarity and order)
  • correctness of the answers
  • completeness of the answers

The exam aims to assess students' knowledge of the relevant notions and the ability to apply them to concrete cases.

The partial exams will be on the program (in English) of the current academic year.

Students enrolled in the past who have not yet passed the exam must prepare it according to the contents and rules of the current a.y.


Teaching materials


ATTENDING AND NOT ATTENDING STUDENTS

  • Materials available on Blackboard

  • C. Dahlman, A. Stein & G. Tuzet (eds.), Philosophical Foundations of Evidence Law, Oxford UP 2021, Chaps. 17-20 (pp. 251-313)

  • T.J. Miceli, The Economic Approach to Law, 3rd ed., Stanford UP 2017, Chaps. 1-7 (pp. 1-237)

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