Law & Economics Seminar features visiting legal scholars

Jennifer ArlenWestern Law students are learning about the economic analysis of law from some of the top scholars in the field thanks to a generous gift from the law firm of McCarthy Tetrault LLP.

The seminar course, taught by Prof. Christopher Nicholls, provides an introduction to law and economics through a series of readings as well as presentations of scholarly papers by visiting professors.

The seminar speakers for this year included: Kenneth Ayotte (Northwestern), Edward Rock (Pennsylvania) Robert Jackson (Columbia) and Jennifer Arlen (NYU) (pictured).

“Economic analysis and the application of rigorous empirical methods to the study of legal phenomena have demonstrated how interdisciplinary approaches can enrich the study of law and enlighten and inform the analysis of legal institutions,” says Nicholls.

'Law and economics' has long played a prominent role in the world's leading law schools, and we're delighted that Western Law students have this opportunity,” he adds.