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October 27 Tuesday

Allocating coordination rights in the platform economy; Sanjukta Paul, Wayne State University

  • Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 12:00PM - 1:30PM
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Today’s platform economy relies upon technological innovations, to be sure, but also upon innovations in legal technology. The legal innovations that define the tech platforms that deal in labor, services or goods are not merely a matter of private law: they affect the distribution of rights, duties and risks across a large group of actors, from the platform firms themselves to workers, other (often smaller/independent) firms in their orbits, consumers, and the public. Antitrust law, in particular, allocates economic coordination rights to some actors within these platform ecosystems while denying coordination rights to others. Corporate law and labor law also play a role, whether by action or omission.

This re-framing of the basic legal issues surrounding many tech platforms will be used to re-evaluate some familiar legal questions and to suggest a way to think holistically about reforms. The talk will draw upon papers including “Antitrust as Allocator of Coordination Rights” (https://www.uclalawreview.org/antitrust-as-allocator-of-coordination-rights-2/) and “Fissuring and the Firm Exemption” (https://scholarship.law.duke.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4919&context=lcp), and upon a current book project.

Sanjukta Paul is Assistant Professor of Law & Romano Stancroff Research Scholar at Wayne State University, and at the moment, a visiting professor at the University of Minnesota Law School. Paul’s current work is at the intersection of antitrust and labor, broadly speaking. She is working on a book titled Solidarity in the Shadow of Antitrust: Labor and the Legal Idea of Competition, which will be published by Cambridge University Press. Her scholarship has also appeared in, among others, the UCLA Law Review, Law & Contemporary Problems, and the Berkeley Journal of Employment & Labor Law. Paul’s work has been recognized with the Jerry S. Cohen Memorial Fund Award for the best antitrust scholarship of 2016 (category prize) and the Michael J. Zimmer Memorial Award for significant contributions to the field of labor and employment law scholarship (2020). She was previously a clinical fellow at UCLA Law School and is a graduate of Yale Law School. She also clerked on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and practiced as a public interest attorney, primarily representing workers and civil rights plaintiffs, for several years. She teaches Labor Law, Corporations (Business Associations), Employment Law, and a seminar on antitrust and labor issues. 

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