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Weekly Roundup: April 29, 2022


At the Blog

We continued our symposium on The Anti-Oligarchy Constitution.

On Monday, Katharine Jackson reminded us that administrative agencies, rather than a failure of self-government, are necessary tools to vindicate our equal rights. As she writes, “Fishkin and Forbath illustrate that… the ICC, the SEC, the NLRB, the EEOC, and the EPA… followed social movements that demanded that the state make good on citizens’ claims to equal economic liberty: the right to dignity and respect at work; the right to living wages and reasonably priced necessities; the right to clean drinking water. Citizens learned how to wield currency and fiscal policy to vindicate their economic rights and opportunities.”

And on Wednesday, Luke Norris argued that rather than sideline courts entirely, a revival of the democracy-of-opportunity tradition should include a progressive vision of civil procedure: “as the story of civil procedure over the past half-century has shown, a great deal—perhaps most—of the work of building a democracy-of-opportunity lies in devising procedures that enable members of the public to interpret, elaborate, and entrench constitutional-regulatory commitments over time.”

In LPE Land

The Sustainable and Global Economic Law research project is holding a Summer School in Amsterdam. The summer school provides a unique space for interdisciplinary conversations on global economic law and sustainability, in the context of accelerating climate change, and the persistence of socio-economic inequalities. The goal of the summer school is to provide a space for PhD researchers & early career scholars (up to 5 years post-PhD) working on law and globalization, to receive feedback on their works-in-progress from peers and UvA faculty members, and to create a collaborative space around issues of economic law, and ecological and human sustainabilities, connecting local and global contexts. Applications due May 31st. Details and information on how to apply are available here.

If you have a fever, and the only cure is more Anti-Oligarchy blog posts, check out the concurrent symposium taking place over at Balkinization.

Over at the NYT, Jamie Martin (go HPE!) argues that “aggressive efforts to quell inflation in the United States can have major, unpredictable effects around the world, often with long-lasting, negative consequences for countries in the Global South.”