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Weekly Roundup: December 17, 2021


At the Blog

On Monday, Angela Harris and Caroline Parker introduced a new series on Just Transitions & LPE. As they note, the contributors invited to kick off this series are not climate experts. Instead, from their different perches in the legal world, they were asked to reflect on the implications of “just transition” for their work. The results touch on the full range of meanings of Just Transition, from the narrowest to the most expansive.

On Tuesday, David Doorey discussed how the concept of a just transition has expanded far beyond its roots in the labor movement’s concern for protecting displaced fossil fuel workers, and considered whether this broader understanding risks stripping the term of its practical policy value.

And on Thursday, Saúl Sarabia and Michael Z. Dean reflected on what a just transition from mass incarceration might look like, by considering the case of youth incarceration in Los Angeles. Given the number of jobs that depend on the county’s massive investment in punishment, any movement toward abolition must address the fate of those who have experienced the dehumanizing mental and physical toll of working in the carceral state.

In LPE Land

An incredible note in the Harvard Law Review: “the legal history of price controls exemplifies neoliberalism’s most impressive achievement: to make the form of politics it opposes not illegal, but irrational.”