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Weekly Roundup: February 12, 2021


At the Blog

We started a symposium on universal basic income.

Noah Zatz introduced the symposium by situating the UBI debate in a series of arguments on the left (and the right) about the value of work, the importance of universal provision, and the role of the cash nexus.

Jennifer Gordon explored the relationship between citizenship, migration, and universal income, drawing on the example of the CARES Act.

Almaz Zelleke argued that the value of UBI depends on whether it undermines the ability of capital to profit from domestic and care labor.

More next week!

In LPE-Land

(Don’t forget to check out the “events” page)

The Conference Site is up!

The “Democracy Beyond Neoliberalism” conference, originally scheduled to take place over a few days in a single place last April, is not dead! It has merely been reconstructed into a series of video panels and blog posts. And now the conference site is live. Check it out! And make sure to register for the remaining events that you’d like to attend live (all events will be recorded for later viewing as well: the events that have already taken place will be available soon!).

Student Writing Competition!

The Harvard Law School Political Economy Association is delighted to announce a Law and Political Economy Writing Prize for law students and graduate researchers in 2021. Submissions are due by April 30, 2021.

The aims of the prize are twofold. First, in a time of ecological, financial, political and social upheaval, it provides material recognition of work by law students and graduate researchers seeking to address the role of law in contemporary capitalism. Second, it aims to encourage original research and writing in this field by providing entrants with an opportunity to receive feedback from senior scholars.

The prize will be awarded by a panel of distinguished scholars, practitioners, and state or federal judges working with law and political economy approaches, including Professor K-Sue Park (Georgetown) and Dr Ntina Tzouvala (Australian National University). The winning entry will receive a prize of $2,000 and priority consideration for publication in the Journal of Law and Political Economy. Second place will receive a prize of $1,000 and third place a prize of $500. The three winning entries, as well as selected finalists, will be invited to present their papers and receive feedback from senior scholars and practitioners at a workshop to be held in late May/early June 2021.

Further details on eligibility, indicative topics, and submission format can be found here. Inquiries about the prize can be addressed to

ClassCrits Event on Women in Legal Academia!

This panel hosted by ClassCrits brings together one of the co-editors and several contributors to Presumed Incompetent II: Race, Class, Power and Resistance of Women in Academia (Utah State University Press, 2020). The panel will discuss the formidable obstacles that women of color encounter in the academic workplace and the tenacity and creativity that they deploy to overcome these barriers. As law schools are called to grapple with systemic injustice and to embrace anti-racist pedagogy, the struggles and victories of women of color offer valuable lessons on best practices to recruit, retain, and promote faculty who share this goal and eagerly embrace this challenge.

Panelists & Moderator

Carmen G. Gonzalez, Morris I. Leibman Professor of Law, Loyola University Chicago School of Law

Sahar Aziz, Professor of Law, Chancellor’s Social Justice Scholar, Middle East Legal Scholar, and Director of the Center for Security, Race and Rights,  Rutgers Law School

Adrien K. Wing, Bessie Dutton Murray Professor of Law and Associate Dean for International Programs, University of Iowa College of Law

Laura M. Padilla, Professor of Law, California Western School of Law

Meera Deo, Director, Law School Survey of Student Engagement, Neukom Chair, American Bar Foundation, Professor of Law, Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Athena Mutua, Professor of Law, Floyd H. & Hilda L. Hurst Faculty Scholar SUNY Buffalo Law School The State University of New York (Moderator)