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Law and Economics


Economics is of fundamental importance for law students. As future legal academics, judges, lawyers, or public officials, law students will be routinely confronted with fundamental questions about the economic underpinnings of certain legal rules or commercial practices, their impact on society, and their desirability. The purpose of this minor is to offer students a basic understanding of the economic principles and methods that are most relevant for legal scholars. Students are expected to learn how to critically read theoretical and empirical economic analyses of legal problems and to apply such methods in an analytical essay.

Minor Law & Economics
What is this minor about?

Students and lecturers from Law & Economics will tell you what you can expect from this minor.

Class meets once a week for two hours. Attendance is Mandatory. Classes are taught in English according to the Socratic method typical of US law schools. Students will be asked to prepare in advance on a judicial decision or an academic publication, which will then be examined in detail during the following class. Economic principles will be distilled from actual legal cases or practices. Classes will be interactive with most of the time devoted to questions and critical appraisal of existing theories and empirical analysis. L&E III consists of a short research paper.


The minor is organized in 3 separate courses:

  • Law & Economics I: Economic theory and the law (6 ECs)
  • Law & Economics II: Empirical legal studies (6 ECs)
  • Law & Economics III: Digital Legal Studies (3 ECs)

The information in the Course Catalogue applies to the current academic year and may change for the following year. From June onwards, the information for next academic year can be found in the Course Catalogue.

Entry requirements

  • (UvA) students


For questions about the academic content of the programme, you can contact the programme coordinator, Hossein Nabilou. For all other administrative questions, please contact the Education desk.

Dr H. (Hossein) Nabilou

Send an email to the coordinator

Facts & Figures
15 ECTS, 6 months
Language of instruction
Roeterseiland campus