Workshop in Law, Philosophy, and Political Theory


Spring Semester 2020

All classes meet in 141 Law Building (unless otherwise noted*), Fridays from 12:00 pm-2:00 pm. Papers for upcoming talks are available to download in the table below.  Alternatively, copies of papers may be requested by contacting Adele Perera at  The full Spring 2020 workshop schedule is available for download here.

Course description:

This course is a workshop for discussing work-in-progress in moral, political, and legal theory. The central aim is to enable students to engage directly with philosophers, political theorists, and legal scholars working on important normative questions. Another aim is to bring together scholars from different disciplines and perspectives, such as economics, history, sociology, and political science, who have strong normative interests. In Spring 2020, the workshop will focus on the theme of “political economy, democracy, and justice”.  A list of confirmed presenters is below.

The format of the course will be as follows. For the sessions with guest presenters, lunch will be served starting at 12:00. We’ll begin at 12:15. A designated student commentator will lead off with a 15-minute comment on the paper. The presenter will have 5-10 minutes to respond and then we will open up the discussion to the group. The first part of the course will be open to non-enrolled students, faculty, and visitors who wish to participate in the workshop discussion. We’ll stop for a break around 2:00 and those not enrolled in the course will leave. Enrolled students will continue the discussion with the guest from 2:00 to 3:00.

This is a cross-listed/room-shared course with the Philosophy and Political Science Departments. Students may enroll through Law (Law 210.2), Philosophy (Philosophy 290-6), or Political Science (PS 211). The first class will meet on Friday, January 17.

Jan. 17

First session (for enrolled students only)

Prof. Joshua Cohen

Prof. Jonathan Gould

Jan. 24

Gina Schouten, Philosophy, Harvard University

Justice: Verdictive or Aspirational? Democratic Egalitarianism as Liberal Legitimacy

Jan. 31

Katharina Pistor, Law, Columbia University

Statehood in the Digital Age

Feb. 7

Aziz Rana, Law, Cornell University

Rise of the Constitution

Feb. 14 Isabelle Ferreras, University of Louvain

Firms are Political Entities: Consequences for Democratic Theory

Feb. 21

Stefan Eich, Political Science, Georgetown University

The Currency of Politics: Money in Modern Political Thought

Feb. 28

Steven Vogel, Political Science, UC Berkeley

The Regulatory Roots of Inequality in America

Mar. 6

David Grewal, Law, UC Berkeley

The Commercial Oeconomy

Mar. 13

Enrico Moretti, Economics, UC Berkeley TBD
Mar. 20

Sophia Moreau, Law & Philosophy, Toronto University

Apr. 3

Lucas Stanczyk, Philosophy, Harvard University

Political Economy and the Climate Crisis

Apr. 10

Amy Kapczynski, Law, Yale University

Building A Law and Political Economy Framework: Beyond the Twentieth-Century Synthesis

Apr. 17

Michael Albertus, Political Science, University of Chicago

Property Rights Gaps