Buchanan Center Presents Distinguished Lecture Series

Posted: September 29, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The James M. Buchanan Center for Political Economy’s Program in Economics and the Law begins its 2000-2001 distinguished lecture series next week. On Monday, Oct. 2, David Friedman, a law professor at the University of California, presents “What Is Missing from Law and Economics.”

Friedman’s most recent book, Law’s Order, provides an uncompromising application of economics to the understanding of the law. He clarifies the relationship between law and economics in lucid prose that is friendly to students, lawyers, and lay readers, and that provides original insights to economists. Always controversial, he offers a unified approach that applies the same fundamental ideas to understand and to evaluate legal rules in contract, property, crime, and tort. The lecture is held in Arlington I, Room 121, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., and is followed by an open reception from 6 to 7 p.m. in the atrium.

The Program in Economics and the Law builds on the legacy of the law and economics tradition at George Mason. Under the joint direction of professors Charles Rowley and Francesco Parisi, it is designed to enhance the understanding of the economic nature of law and the economic consequences of legal rules. It is also designed to bring to bear the insights of public choice and constitutional political economy to aid understanding of the manner in which laws and legal rules emerge and are shaped in practice. For more information about the program or the lecture, contact Rowley at crowley@osf1.gmu.edu.

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