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What to Watch: The Thirteen Best Panels Streaming This Weekend


Forget Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon. Over the next three days, you’ll want to turn that dial to Law and Political Economy: Labor, Social Control, and Counterpower. From the comfort of your own home, stream panels on the legal regulation of data and technology, socialist constitutionalism, decarcerating the welfare state, and so much more. Zoom links for the various panels can be found below, along with some paired blog posts from our (vast) archive.

Friday, March 31st

Historical Lessons for Labor Strategy

12:45-2pm ET:

Featuring Catherine Fisk, Diana Reddy, Laura Weinrib, and Matthew Bodie, this panel examines what lessons today’s labor activists might draw from the successes and failures of union, civil liberties, and civil rights lawyers in the mid-twentieth century.

Pairs well with Brishen Rogers’ “Labor Law and Employer Domination: From Steel to Care.”

Institutional Design and Democratic Governance

2:15-3:45pm ET:

Featuring Amy Kapczynski, Joel Michaels, K. Sabeel Rahman, Sandeep Vaheesan, and Luke Herrine, this panel will interrogate what democratization might look like in practice across very different institutional contexts: utility regulation and workers cooperatives; administrative agencies; industrial policy; and the carceral state.

Pairs well with K. Sabeel Rahman and Jocelyn Simonson’s “The Institutional Design of Community Control” and Amy Kapczynski’s “What Beyond ‘Beyond Neoliberalism?’

Technology and Popular Power

2:15-3:45pm ET:

Featuring Veena Dubal, Frank Pasquale, Brishen Rogers, and Aaron Benanav, this panel will investigate how the legal regulation of data and technology shape capitalist relations, looking specifically at algorithmic decision-making, workplace surveillance, and artificial intelligence.

Pairs well with our recent symposium on Worker Surveillance, Collective Resistance.

Provision and Punishment


Featuring Jasmine Harris, Jamelia Morgan, Jonathan Simon, and Andrew Crespo, this panel will examine how legal regimes, carceral institutions, and social programs alike have evolved as vehicles to manage poverty and produce more governable and “productive” subjects, particularly in poor communities and communities of color.

Pairs well with Noah Zatz’s “Labor Governance in the Shadow of Racialized Mass Incarceration.”

Saturday, April 1st

Labor Law at a Crossroads

10:30am-12pm ET:

In this panel conversation, Sharon Block, Rohan Grey, Karl Klare, and Benjamin Sachs will provide a critical overview of contemporary strands of labor law research and share practical proposals to radically challenge the legal system’s treatment of workers and the commodification of labor.

Pairs well with Diana Reddy’s “Labor Bargaining and the ‘Common Good.’

Race and Empire in International Law

10:30am-12pm ET:

In this panel conversation, Zohra Ahmed, Asli Bali, Angela Harris, and Ntina Tzouvala will discuss the role of law in international political economy and suggest areas for urgent intervention in the transnational legal order.

Pairs well with Zohra Ahmed’s “Towards a Law and Political Economy Approach to the Global War on Terror” and Ntina Tzouvala’s “International Law and (the Critique of) Political Economy.”

Decarcerating the Welfare State

1:30-3pm ET:

Featuring nia t. evans, Joyce McMillan, Leon Smith, and Amna Akbar, this panel will highlight how communities are strategically mobilizing against the carceral state, with a focus on public schools and the child welfare system.

Pairs well with anelists: Julia Hernandez and Tarek Z. Ismail’s “Leveraging Law Schools Clinics Against Family Policing,” Cynthia Godsoe’s “An Abolitionist Horizon for Child Welfare.”

Strategy and Practice in the Labor Struggle

1:30-3p ET:

Featuring Maximillian Alvarez, Willie Burden, Kim Kelly, Lenita Reason, and Diana Reddy, panelists will discuss their experiences in the labor movement, how their work interacts with the legal system, the challenges they confront, and the strategies on which they rely.  

Pairs well with Irene Jor’s “Building Power by Building Connections: Domestic Worker Organizing for Collective Freedom.”

Democracy, Legal Authority, and the Courts

3:30pm-5pm ET:

Featuring Niko Bowie, Ryan Doerfler, Samuel Moyn, and K-Sue Park, this panel will examine how our conceptions of constitutionalism, the courts, and legal authority facilitate or hinder shifts to more democratic modes of self-government.

Pairs well with Kathy Thelen and Brian Highsmith’s “The Role of Courts in American Political Economy,” and Sam Moyn’s “Political Courts and Democratic Politics.”

The Legal Construction of Gendered and Racialized Class Relations

3:30-5pm ET:

Featuring Sameer Ashar, Yochai Benkler, Martha McCluskey, and Talha Syed, this panel addresses the production and articulation of race, gender, and class in capitalism.

Pairs well with Angela Harris’s “Where is Race in Law and Political Economy” and Daria Roithmayr’s “Racism is at the Heart of the Platform Economy.”

Sunday, April 2nd

(Re)imagining Socialist Constitutionalism

9-10:30am ET:

In this conversation, Willy Forbath and Aziz Rana will explore the history of socialist constitutionalism, its political-economic commitments, and how they might guide constitutional visions today.

Pairs well with our symposium on socialist constitutionalism and our symposium on Forbath and Fishkin’s The Anti-Oligarchy Constitution.

Law, Gender, and Social Control

9-10:30am ET:

Featuring Aziza Ahmed, Deborah Dinner, and Salomé Viljoen, this panel will examine how legal regimes regulate gender in contemporary capitalism.

Pairs well with Julie Suk’s “Gender Inequality and the Infrastructure of Social Reproduction,” and Martha McCluskey’s “Toward a Law and Political Economy of Gender Violence.”

Emancipation, Strategy, and Tactics

10:45am-12:15pm ET:

Featuring Amna Akbar, Amy Cohen, Jocelyn Simonson, and Daniel Farbman, this panel will examine how everyday people are fighting against or unmooring legal systems and their ideologies more broadly.

Pairs well with our symposium on LPE and Social Movements.