This event is part of the 2019 Harvard Law and International Development Symposium on Global Inequality. Economic stagnation, financial crisis, and increasing inequality have provoked worldwide debate about the “winners” and “losers” of globalization. This panel will offer a deeper view of law’s role in the creation and distribution of wealth in a financialized world. The linkages among law, money, and finance drive the macroeconomic dynamics that bring growth, employment, and long-term wealth accumulation. Opinions have long varied, however, over what legal and institutional structures are best suited to yielding a more equitable economic order. The panel thus engages in this debate with an eye toward democratizing access to capital, re-orienting finance toward public ends, and reconstructing the global political economy in the service of sustainable, inclusive growth.
Panelists are Christine Desan, Leo Gottlieb Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, and Robert Hockett, Edward Cornell Professor of Law at Cornell Law. Hockett is an advisor to Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on the Green New Deal, which will be a subject of discussion in the panel. Desan is on the Board of the Institute for Global Law and Policy, is a faculty member of the Program on American Studies at Harvard University, and has served on the editorial board for the Law and History Review and as an advisory editor of Eighteenth Century Studies.
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.