Behavioural Law and Economics Unit Launch with Cass Sunstein

This is an excellent opportunity for past, present, and future students interested in Behavioural Law and Economics to gain insights from a renowned scholar and practitioner in the field.

In an Australian first, the Queensland University of Technology Law School introduced a new subject unit called Behavioural Law and Economics, which will enable students to gain an understanding of how human beings make decisions and how this is critical for law and policy.

Professor Cass Sunstein, distinguished scholar, and founder and director of the Program on Behavioural Economics and Public Policy at Harvard Law School will launch the first offering of Behavioural Law and Economics on the 19th July at a morning lecture for students and staff of QUT.

His presentation will provide valuable perspectives, expertise, and real-world applications that will enhance your understanding and application of behavioural economics principles.

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About The Speaker:

Professor Cass Sunstein

Cass R. Sunstein currently holding the position of Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard, received the Holberg Prize from the Norwegian government in 2018. In 2020, he assumed the role of Chair for the World Health Organisation’s technical advisory group focusing on Behavioural Insights and Sciences for Health. Between 2009 and 2012, he served as the Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. Additionally, he contributed to the President’s Review Board on Intelligence and Communications Technologies and on the Pentagon’s Defence Innovation Board. Professor Sunstein has provided expert testimony on various topics before congressional committees and has advised numerous entities such as the United Nations, the European Commission, the World Bank, and several nations on matters pertaining to law and public policy. He also functions as an advisor to the Behavioural Insights Team in the United Kingdom.

About The Unit:

Behavioural Law and Economics will establish important links with industry and policy, given the existence of behavioural policy units in various countries worldwide.  In Australia, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet includes a behavioural economics team. In addition, the government of New South Wales established a Behavioural Insights community of practice in 2012 and have successfully nudged people to pay fines and taxes on time. Many other countries also have their own behavioural policy units. In the United Kingdom (UK), the UK Cabinet Office hosts the UK Behavioural Insights Team (BIT UK), commonly referred to as the ‘Nudge Unit.’

This new elective unit has been designed to impact critical knowledge to students by understanding how human beings make decisions and how this is critical for law and policy. Behavioural Law and Economics demonstrates to students that rationality is bounded and shows how our exposure to different information can essentially impact on the way we see the world. This in turn, changes how we each respond to different laws and regulation.

To find out more about the unit, visit the QUT website.


Location: Room 205, Level 2, Z Block, QUT Gardens Point or Online
Start Date: 19/07/2023 [add to calendar]
Start Time: 10:00am
End Date: 19/07/2023
End Time: 11:00am
Cost: Free