Professor Kevin E. Davis
Professor Richard R.W. Brooks

Fall 2018
Mondays, 4:10–6:00 p.m.

Furman Hall (245 Sullivan Street), Room 324

LAW-LW.10295.001
2 credits

 

The course will cover various theories of the role that law and legal institutions play in economic, social, and political development. We will examine various aspects of the legal system but with an emphasis on land law and the judiciary. We will also examine the impact and influence of economic globalization; the role of external organizations such as the World Bank, the WTO, or USAID; and the role of factors such as culture, history, and politics. The course will include six or seven outside speakers who will present scholarship on relevant topics. Students will be evaluated on two 500 word papers critiquing a presentation and a take-home exam.

 

Fall 2018 Schedule of Presenters

Monday, October 1

Shahla Ali (University of Hong Kong)

"Advancing Law and Governance through Inclusive Devolved Reflection"

 

Monday, October 15

Vikramaditya Khanna (University of Michigan Law School)

"Law, Institutions and Economic Development: New Insights From the Development of the Home Mortgage Market in India—Can Two Wrongs Make a Right?"

 

Monday, November 5

Matthew Erie (University of Oxford)

“Legal Hubs: The Emergent Landscape of International Commercial Dispute Resolution”

If you are interested in reading a copy of Matthew Erie’s “Legal Hubs: The Emergent Landscape of International Commercial Dispute Resolution” before the colloquium meets, please contact Ian Brydon at brydoni@mercury.law.nyu.edu.  Please do not circulate the document.

 

Monday, November 12

Serge Galam  (SciencesPo)

“Coalition Formation and Platform Stability: A Social Physics Approach to Law and Development”

If you are interested in reading a copy of Serge Galam’s “Coalition Formation and Platform Stability: A Social Physics Approach to Law and Development” before the colloquium meets, please contact Ian Brydon at brydoni@mercury.law.nyu.edu.  Please do not circulate the document.

 

Monday, November 19

César Rodríguez Garavito (Dejusticia)

"Whither the Business and Human Rights Field?"

 

Monday, November 26

Mariana Mota Prado (University of Toronto)

"Using Criminal Law to Fight Corruption: The Potential and Risks of the Lava Jato Case"

If you are interested in reading a copy of Mariana Mota Prado’s "Using Criminal Law to Fight Corruption: The Potential and Risks of the Lava Jato Case" before the colloquium meets, please contact Ian Brydon at brydoni@mercury.law.nyu.edu.  Please do not circulate the document.

 

Monday, December 3

Katharina Pistor (Columbia Law School)

"Whose Development? Rethinking Legal Advice in the Age of Capital”