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Global Inequality Symposium: Addressing Global Inequality – What Can Law Do?

April 4, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This event is part of the 2019 Harvard Law and International Development Symposium on Global Inequality. Panelists are Professor Katharina Pistor (Columbia Law School), Professor Samuel Moyn (Yale Law School), and Professor David Kennedy (Harvard Law School). The long-term growth of global inequality presents unique challenges to the law. This panel will center on the legal dynamics that drive the genesis, elaboration, reinforcement, and maintenance of hierarchies of privilege and disadvantage across individuals, groups, nations, and regions. Panelists will identify key legal drivers of the growing wealth gap as well as propose changes in legal ordering that could shift bargaining power, (re)distribute resources in a more equitable manner, or otherwise ameliorate inequality’s negative effects. The discussion will span various areas of public and private law, from the relationship between human rights and economic fairness to the different ways that financial advantage is coded into law, thereby shaping the distribution of wealth.

The 2019 Harvard Law & International Development Society symposium centers on the themes of global inequality and economic justice. The symposium aims to interrogate the interaction of law, development, and international political economy. By emphasizing a “law and political economy” approach, the workshops hope to illuminate the historical, structural drivers of poverty, reveal the role of global governance in facilitating the “great divergence” between Global North and Global South, as well as shed light on potential solutions and interventions. The workshops strive to spark growing conversation on the systemic roots of global inequality, bringing together practitioners, academics, and students interested in engaging more critically with the topic. Workshops will focus on such issues as technology, intellectual property, and access to health; international investment and human rights; international finance and trade; and the role of law in shaping and correcting global inequality.


April 4, 2019
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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