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APPEAL welcomes members to join us in advancing law and political economy through research, education and policy.  Our interests and goals include:

  • Understanding the economy as a system interconnected with law and government
  • Questioning policies and theories that assume self-regulating or optimizing markets
  • Expanding the possibilities for policies responding to inequality, insecurity, and environmental destruction
  • Developing a law and economics that enhances democracy, justice, along with inclusive and sustainable prosperity.
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APPEAL reading group:  What is Capitalism?  Session 7 

Friday Jan. 29, 2021,
3pm, EST
 via Zoom 

Register HERE 

The zoom link & reading will be emailed.


Please join us for the next session of the APPEAL reading group on the law and political economy of capitalism.  All are welcome, and participants need not attend each session, though we do ask participants to read the materials in advance. 
We also encourage participants to join APPEAL by signing up as a member,

This session will explore the legal construction of capitalism in the context of information technologies.  The reading will be sent by email to those who register:

Chapter 2, The Biopolitical Public Domain, from Julie E. Cohen, Between Truth and Power:  The Legal Constructions of Informational Capitalism (Oxford Univ. Press 2019

As this session’s discussion leader, we’re excited to have Dr. Dimitri Van Den Meerssche
(PhD EUI, LL.M. NYU), an associate fellow at the Asser Institute and a postdoctoral research fellow at Edinburgh Law School (from February 2021 on). He will be working with Gavin Sullivan on a UKRI Future Leaders project titled ‘Infra-Legalities: Global Security Infrastructures, Artificial Intelligence and International Law’. Dimitri's research focuses on digital infrastructures of global governance and the law of international organisations. His first monograph (The World Bank's Lawyers – The Life of International Law as Institutional Practice) is forthcoming with Oxford University Press.

For more information, please email with Capitalism Reading Group in the subject line.  

We hope to “see” you on Jan. 29!  



Law and Political Economy 

Monthly Mentoring “Office Hours”

January 15, 2021, 4:00-5:00p.m. EST, via zoom (link will be provided to accepted registrants)

Registration & DeadlineSign up HERE by Monday Jan. 11 at 9:00p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
Space is limited.  

We welcome new & aspiring scholars, graduate and professional students, and others interested in careers in Law and Political Economy to join us in our first of a series of opportunities to talk in small groups with faculty about academic interests and career strategies. 

Co-sponsored by The Association for the Promotion of Political Economy & the Law (APPEAL) and the Law and Political Economy (LPE) Project. 


Participating Faculty: 

Prof. Lisa Miller, Rutgers, Political Science 

Prof. Frank Pasquale, Brooklyn Law School 

Prof. John Whitlow, CUNY School of Law 

 “Office Hour” Goals and Themes:  

Get ideas and advice for formulating research projects in the LPE approach and strategizing for job market placement.  

Connect with peers with similar concerns

Share enthusiasm for being intellectually curious and genuinely thoughtful!

Guiding Thought (from Dr. John Haskell, University of Manchester Law):  

We all face doors that seem locked in our lives at various moments. Sometimes they are; sometimes it is just a matter of the wrong key. Sometimes it is just that there are other doors we aren't seeing. But there is always something to do about a situation and often the best way to get unstuck (or to stay unstuck) is to have opportunities to brainstorm with others. We hope these sessions help facilitate everyone to discover more and better choices in their professional and political life journeys.    

More on Participating Faculty Interests and Expertise: 

Prof. Lisa Miller: 

Academic Interests:   American political institutions and constitutionalism, social policy, racial inequality, and the politics of crime and punishment.

Career Topics of Interest: law and society, research design, graduate studies (MA and PhD programs), government.

Prof. Frank Pasquale

Academic Interests:  Technology law; health law. 

Career Topics of Interest include finding intellectual communities online and via conferences; writing books; publication strategies for obtaining a tenure track and getting tenure. 

Prof. John Whitlow 

Academic Interests: My research interests have mostly involved looking at how gentrification and displacement have been produced by the legally constituted commodification of housing. That's led me to look at the policy/governance shift that occurred with the neoliberal turn, particularly as that played out in the settlement of NYC's fiscal crisis in the mid-1970s. I try to examine all that through the lens of racial capitalism and critical geography - e.g. relying on Stuart Hall's analysis of Thatcherism and David Harvey and Ruth Wilson Gilmore's work around organized abandonment.

Career Topics of Interest: I have worked as a legal services attorney and I am happy to talk about public interest law work, community organizing, and clinical law teaching.  I can speak generally to concerns of law students and to students or professionals interested in pursuing academic careers in law or other fields related to political economy and racial capitalism.



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