February 20 Tuesday

Jack Balkin and Andrew McLaughlin

  • Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 12:00PM - 2:00PM
  • Room 122
  • Open To The Public
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Our own Jack Balkin will speak together with Andrew McLaughlin of Higher Ground Labs about the role of technology in resisting authoritarianism. Lunch will be served.

The Spring 2018 Seminar in Private Law will devote itself to how private enterprise might resist authoritarianism.  The Seminar will bring together scholars in law and the social sciences andpeople who have practical experience interacting with authoritarian regimes to discuss their ideas and experiences on the topic. The Seminar will begin by considering classic works on the promise of market liberalism for resisting despotism and recent works on how capitalist democracy might give rise to oligarchy. It will then consider various aspects of the theme, including how the technology sector might resist authoritarianism; how powerful global firms interact with oppressive regimes; the relationship between wealth and political power in capitalist democracy; the role of the workplace in democracy; and historical lessons on the relationship between private enterprise and authoritarianism.

Support is provided by the Ruebhausen Fund.

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Yale Law School Center for Private Law