LL4AT      Half Unit
Regulation: Strategies and Enforcement

This information is for the 2018/19 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Veerle Heyvaert NAB7.06

Also taught by: Prof. Nicola Lacey NAB 6.12


This course is available on the LLM (extended part-time), LLM (full-time), MPA Dual Degree (LSE and Columbia), MPA Dual Degree (LSE and Hertie), MPA Dual Degree (LSE and NUS), MPA Dual Degree (LSE and Sciences Po), MPA Dual Degree (LSE and Tokyo), MPA in International Development, MPA in Public Policy and Management, MPA in Public and Economic Policy, MPA in Public and Social Policy, MPA in Social Impact, MSc in Law and Accounting, MSc in Public Administration and Government (LSE and Peking University), MSc in Public Policy and Administration, Master of Public Administration and University of Pennsylvania Law School LLM Visiting Students. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

This course is NOT available for students of the MSc Regulation programme.

This course will be relevant to the following LLM specialisms: Banking Law and Financial Regulation; Corporate and/or Commercial Law; Criminology and Criminal Justice; Information Technology, Media and Communications Law; Intellectual Property Law; Legal Theory; and Public Law.

This course is capped at 30 students. Students must apply through Graduate Course Choice on LSEForYou.

Course content

The course provides an introduction to key topics relating to regulatory strategies and their implementation. It deals with issues from a systemic and comparative perspective and draws on approaches encountered in public administration, socio-legal studies and institutional economics. Topics include:

• Introduction: What is Regulation and why regulate?

• Categories of Regulation: Command-and-control; alternative approaches including emissions trading; and self-regulation

• Regulatory Strategies: risk regulation; regulating through rules, standards and principles

• Enforcement: tools, strategies and principles

• Regulatory Policy: Cost/benefit Assessment, Regulatory Impact Assessment and Better Regulation; regulatory competition; and transnational Regulation


20 hours of seminars in the MT.

Teaching is offered through a combination of short lecture segments and seminar discussion. There are frequent opportunities for discussion in small groups and student-led presentations.

Formative coursework

One 1,500 word essay.

Indicative reading

R Baldwin, M Cave and M. Lodge Understanding Regulation 2nd ed.(OUP, 2012); R. Baldwin, M. Cave and M. Lodge (ed.) Oxford Handbook on Regulation (OUP, 2010) Ian Ayres and John Braithwaite, Responsive Regulation: Transcending the Deregulation Debate by (OUP, 1992). B. Morgan and K. Yeung, An Introduction to Law and Regulation (Cambridge University Press, 2007); J. Jordana and D. Levi-Faur, The Politics of Regulation.


Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours, reading time: 15 minutes) in the summer exam period.

Teachers' comment

The course for 2017-18 will closely resemble the framework of previous years but will take in recent developments in the literature.

Key facts

Department: Law

Total students 2017/18: 38

Average class size 2017/18: 38

Controlled access 2017/18: Yes

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Communication
  • Specialist skills