The colloquium will discuss the emerging “Law and Political Economy” movement in contesting the “Twentieth-Century Synthesis” in American legal thought. This synthesis was a post-war accommodation that divided the legal field into "private" law, susceptible to efficiency analysis, and "public" law, dedicated to formal equalities and constitutional protections.
Discussions will further explore the theories that made the synthesis possible, as well as what it leaves out: an analysis of power in private law and the deeper normative foundations of both equality and self-rule in public law.
David Singh Grewal
Professor of Law, Berkeley Law
Edward J. Kolla
Associate Professor of History
School of Foreign Service in Qatar, Georgetown University