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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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Integrating Law and Political Economy: Heterodox Institutional Perspectives on Power


Saturday April 29, 2023 from 9:30am – 5:00 pm ET

CUNY- John Jay College

524 West 59th Street, New York, NY

Co-organizers and sponsors:

The Association for the Promotion of Political Economy and the Law (APPEAL)

John Jay College Economics Department, John Jay College Law and Political Economy Project,  and the New School for Social Research Economics Department

Register HERE by April 13

In the context of multiple intersecting crises, this collaborative workshop brings together scholars, students, and policy advocates to explore Law and Political Economy (LPE) as a framework for better understanding the problems and solutions.

Presentations from scholars in economics and law in the morning session will lead discussions of the interconnections between power, politics, and policies and the ways in which institutions structure social and economic life.  The afternoon of the workshop will feature discussion of ongoing research projects by graduate and professional students in economics, law, and related fields.  The goal will be to explore the ways in which the LPE framework can provide new insights.

Students interested in presenting their work should email a 100-150 word abstract with titles by April 2 to  We are interested in research projects at every stage of their development and do not necessarily require full paper submissions. Space for presentations is limited, but we welcome participation in discussion by all students (as well as scholars and allies), with advance registration.

The workshop will include lunch and refreshments, although we are not able to provide support for travel or lodging. No charge for attending. Participants will be encouraged to support APPEAL by becoming a member (join or donate here); and also to join and/or support new LPE student groups at John Jay College and the New School. This will be an in-person event, and unfortunately we do not have capabilities for hybrid participation.

We are inaugurating a new Political Economy and Law research 
stream within the European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy (EAEPE) at its 35th Annual Conference ''Power and Empowerment in Times of Multiple Crises" in Leeds (UK) from 13-15 September 2023


Submissions are due 31st March, and we especially welcome early career researchers and scholars working at the intersections of political economy and law in comparative/global, historical and theoretical contexts.  Click here to submit an abstract.

Young scholars or Early Career Participants in need of financial assistance should simultaneously apply with their presentation abstract to the INET Young Scholars Initiative-Finance Law and Economics Working Group (YSI-FLE) via this link. The YSI FLE WG is able to offer a limited number of participants shared accommodation and partial travel stipends to support participation. The Research Group is supported in collaboration with the Association for the Promotion of Political Economy and the Law (APPEAL) and the INET YSI-FLE. 



Law and Political Economy  “Office Hours”

Mentoring Session

Co-sponsored by LPE Project and APPEAL 

Who: We welcome law students and graduate students interested in law school teaching to join us for a small group discussion with faculty about research interests and career strategies. 

Future dates to be announced.


What is Capitalism?
APPEAL Reading Group


Welcome to new participants as well as those who’ve joined us over the last year.  We aim to provide an informal, interdisciplinary community for exploring the institutions and dynamics of capitalism, its legal underpinnings, and its changes over time and geographic region.  Readings will be sent in advance to those who register.  If you are interested in this Reading Group please email appeal@politicaleconomylaw.orgWe also encourage participants to join APPEAL by signing up as a member, see "Join Us" on the left hand column to join.



What is Capitalism? Reading & Discussion Group

Save the date and stay tuned for future sessions:   

Friday May 5 at 3pm Eastern Daylight Time (UTC-4) we will discuss a paper by Reshard Kolabhai, North-West University, South Africa (topic to be announced).

All are welcome to join us for an informal online discussion of these questions and more.  Please contact if you have questions.