Law and Political Economy: Against the 20th Century Synthesis

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Hamad Bin Khalifa University


Law and Political Economy: Against the 20th Century Synthesis

  • 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
  • College of Law
  • Humanitarium (GU-Q Building), Room Nr 1D02 (Faculty Conference Room)

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

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