Functional analysis and normative frameworks in the study of law

PhD Course in Law and Economics - CBS 19-20 November 2020

28.02.2020 | Webadministration JurForsk

Dato tor 19 nov fre 20 nov
Tid 09:00    16:00
Sted Copenhagen Business School, 2000 Frederiksberg


Target group

The course is designed for PhD students in law who wish to draw inspiration from theories of law and economics and/or to include a law and economics perspective in their thesis. The course is open to all Nordic PhD students in law.

Course coordinator

Professor of Law and Economics, Ph.d. Henrik Lando

Lecturers and organisers

Professor of Law and Economics, Ph.d., Henrik Lando, CBS and Associate Professor, dr. philos, J.S.D. Gunnar Nordén, USN

Before the course

Partipants are encouraged to

  1. Study the required readings (see below)
  2. Formulate their basic research questions.  It is for this purpose that students should read 'The Craft of Research'; this text will not be explained but its ideas are likely to become clear when we discuss the research questions.   
  3. Formulate, for the normative part of the research question, which normative framework is more suitable for addressing it

The participants should send their research questions and their reflections concerning the normative framework, even if unfinished, to two weeks before the course. If this proves difficult, please contact us. 


The course aims to introduce students to functional analysis of law and to normative frameworks that can be applied when understanding, predicting or assessing law. The course aims to throw light on the students’ own research questions.

Lecture Plan

Learning objectives

Teaching aims are to enable the student to:

  • formulate research questions using the theory of rational choice.  
  • understand law and legal science in the light of this theory.
  • understand the methodology of law and economics and its core ideas.
  • use analytical tools developed within economics.


Copenhagen Business School
2000 Frederiksberg
Room: TBA    


2.5 ECTS



Course literature

  1. Analytical Methods for Lawyers, by Jackson, Kaplow, Shavell, et al. Foundation Press, 2003. Chapter 1-3, 6.5 – 6.8, 
  2. Economic analysis of accident law, Steven Shavell, chapter 1-4 in Foundations of the economic analysis of law:,
  3. A note on the Coase theorem, Henrik Lando and Gunnar Nordén
  4. The Craft of Research, by Booth, Colomb and Williams. Chapter 1-10 (inclusive), mainly 2-10.
  5. Alf Ross and the functional analysis of law, Henrik Lando
  6. Foundations of the economic analysis of law, Steven Shavell: The introduction from above, and chapter 26 in

Supplementary reading (not required)

  1. An Introduction to Law and Economics, Mitch Polinsky.
  2. Calabresi, G. and D. Melamed. 1972. Property rules, liability rules, and inalienability: one view of the cathedral. Harvard Law Review 85(6), 1089–128.
  3. Foundations of the economic analysis of law, Steven Shavell


JurForsk institutions or Høgskolen i Sørøst-Norge: 850 DKK; All other students: DKK 3.250.

Contact information

Please contact Course Coordinator Henrik Lando ( for any questions on the course.

For any administrative matters please contact PhD Support Nina Iversen ( / tel.: +45 38 15 24 75).   

Registration deadline

11 October 2020

Please notice that the registration is binding after the registration deadline.

Register here