AMRI Academy

In the current moment, there is a growing sense of urgency about the need to challenge the underlying assumptions and ideas that have shaped law, economic policy, political economy, and the economic worldview in American society over the last several decades. The prevailing “neoliberal consensus”—that markets are self-correcting and efficient, that government action is futile at best, and that society should be analyzed primarily in terms of individual preference-maximization—has helped fuel a policy agenda and overarching political narrative that has concentrated economic and political power at the top. In spite of its many failures, this worldview has been remarkably durable and resilient in shaping legal discourse and policymaking.

Following on the success of last summer’s Anti-Monopoly and Regulated Industries (AMRI) Summer Academy, this summer’s updated program will once again provide participants with a crash course in political economy, anti-monopoly, public utility, and regulated industries, drawing on cutting-edge scholarship in law, economics, and social science. Participants will come away with an understanding of the unique challenges of 21st century capitalism and a broader sense of the legal and institutional tools that can be leveraged to tackle the kinds of concentrated corporate power that are manifest today, from Big Tech to new monopoly power in sectors like health care, pharma, banking, and more.

Target Audience: The intended audience for the AMRI Summer Academy 2021 includes law students, graduate students, junior scholars, activists, and early-career professionals in fields related to law and policy. AMRI 2020 participants are welcome to apply for this summer’s updated program.

Program Logistics: The AMRI Summer Academy is once again offered free of charge and all interactive sessions with faculty will be held over Zoom. Reading materials will be made available the week before the interactive sessions for which they are background, and participants are expected to review all assigned materials in advance. Please email AMRI Project Lead Jay Varellas at [email protected] if you have any questions.

How to Apply to the Summer Academy: If you would like to attend the AMRI Summer Academy, please submit your application using this online form. The required application materials include (1) a statement of your interest in the program and any relevant experience or coursework (no more than two paragraphs), and (2) a copy of your CV or resume.  The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. ET on Thursday, May 20.

AMRI 2021 Summer Academy Schedule

(Live online sessions will be held weekly on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time)

June 1: “Contemporary Problems in Anti-Monopoly and Regulated Industries I: Framing the Problem”

Faculty: Suresh Naidu, Professor of International & Public Affairs and Economics, Columbia University, and Sandeep Vaheesan, Legal Director, Open Markets Institute

June 8: “Contemporary Problems in Anti-Monopoly and Regulated Industries II: How We Got Here”

Faculty: Amy Kapczynski, Professor of Law, Yale Law School, Faculty Co-Director, Law and Political Economy Project

June 15: “Unpacking the Anti-Monopoly Toolkit I: “The Progressive Tradition of Antimonopoly & Public Utility””

Faculty: William Novak, Charles F. and Edith J. Clyne Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School

June 23: “Unpacking the Anti-Monopoly Toolkit II: Antitrust and Competition”

Faculty: Lina Khan, Assistant Professor, Columbia Law School

June 29: “Applications I: Banking and Finance”

Faculty: Mehrsa Baradaran, Professor of Law, University of California, Irvine School of Law, Saule Omarova, Beth and Marc Goldberg Professor of Law, Cornell Law School, and Morgan Ricks, Professor of Law, Vanderbilt University Law School

July 6: “Applications II: Technology”

Faculty: Frank Pasquale, Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School

July 13: “Applications III: Health Care and Pharmaceuticals”

Faculty: Allison K. Hoffman, Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School, and Amy Kapczynski, Professor of Law, Yale Law School, Faculty Co-Director, Law and Political Economy Project

July 20: “Applications IV: Labor and Anti-Monopoly”

Faculty: Kate Andrias, Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School, and Sandeep Vaheesan, Legal Director, Open Markets Institute

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AMRI Academy 2020

Expanded AMRI Reading List