This event is part of the 2019 Harvard Law and International Development Symposium on Global Inequality. Scholars and practitioners working in a “law and political economy” framework observe that democratic political processes have lost control over fundamental decisions about how resources are allocated in our society. Instead, legal doctrines enable champions of capital to subordinate democracy to “the free market.” Professor David Singh Grewal and students will lead a discussion about how to challenge and expand modes of legal thinking which embed the economy in social life — whether those challenges begin by pushing back against the normalization of “law and econ” frameworks in first year law school or countering corporate power in an increasingly globalized international market. This workshop is an interactive discussion about how legal rules concentrate economic and political power amongst social groups, especially on the international stage, and will explore topics such as the relationship between labor and capital and different frameworks of economic governance.
Professor David Singh Grewal (Yale Law School) in conversation with Ava Liu (J.D. ‘20) and Hyun-Kyung Yuh (J.D./Ph.D); co-sponsored by Harvard Law Forum.
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.