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Welcome to Appeal!

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.
APPEAL is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. 

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  • Build a law and political economy network

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What is Capitalism?
APPEAL Reading Group

Upcoming Schedule – Fall 2021 through January 2022


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.  We also encourage participants to join APPEAL by signing up as a member,  For questions, email



Friday, December 10th at 3pm ET (UTC-5) by zoom.
Co-sponsored with ClassCrits, Inc.  
Register HERE.


Etienne C. Toussaint, Assistant Professor, South Carolina School of Law, will discuss his paper, The Spirit of Racial Capitalism in Colonial America.   Professor Toussaint teaches contracts, business associations, and courses related to business, political economy, and critical theory.  Other areas of expertise include community development and housing law as well as environmental engineering. 


Friday, January 14, 3:30pm ET (UTC – 5).   


We’ll be joined by Professor Judy Fudge, of McMaster University School of Labour Studies and expert on global labor law, to discuss her article:  The Future of the Standard Employment Relationship: Labour Law, New Institutional Economics and Old Power Resource Theory59: 3 Journal of Industrial Relations 374-392 (2017).




APPEAL has launched working groups for members and friends to explore a single topic in depth together on an ongoing basis, discussing readings, paper presentations and more.  These groups will provide an online opportunity for extended conversations and informal community-building while plans for in-person events remain on hold.   

The groups will be open to those who want to learn more about the topic as well as those with expertise.  Participants should aim to attend more than one session and to focus closely on the discussion material, respecting the group’s goals and others’ time and work.  Advance registration through APPEAL will be required.  

To participate in any of the groups and to get further details, click here.




Working Group Events:

Tuesday, December 7, 2021, 3:00-4:15pm ET (UTC-5) by zoom. 
Co-sponsored with ClassCrits, Inc. 

Elizabeth Sepper and James D. Nelson will discuss Government Religious Hospitals:  

American governments are not supposed to own or operate religious institutions. But they do. Across the country, states run hospitals that enforce religious doctrine. The origins of these hospitals lie at the intersection of dramatic transformations in healthcare’s political economy and in Religion Clause doctrine.  

Wednesday December 15, at 4:15pm ET (UTC-5) via zoom.  

Brief APPEAL annual member business meeting.

The meeting will immediately follow a program on Taxation and Law and Political Economy, Wed. Dec. 15 at 3:00pm ET (UTC-5), featuring a groundbreaking article by co-authors Jeremy Bearer-Friend, Ari Glogower, Ariel Jurow Kleiman & Clinton G. Wallace, forthcoming in the Ohio State Law Journal.  We encourage all to join in that discussion of how tax law constitutes state, society and economy.

REGISTER HERE for the annual meeting and the Taxation discussion session. 

The annual member meeting will be open to suggestions and ideas for future activities as well as announcements.  We encourage you to get involved, and to sign up or renew as APPEAL members, which helps us cover basic organizational costs and build our networks. 

Friday, December 17, 1:00-2:30 p.m ET (UTC-5) APPEAL Working Group on Corporate Governance, Law & Power:
Professor Katharina Pistor 
will present on green capitalism and The Code of Capital.   Via Zoom.


Friday, January 28, 2022, at 4pm ET (UTC-5) via zoom.  
Constitutionalism, Neoliberalism, and Economic Justice, with 
Julie A. Nice.

Scholars with diverse expertise ranging from economics and political economy to US constitutional law, US legal history, US poverty law, and comparative social and economic rights are turning increased attention to the relationship between constitutionalism and economic justice. This discussion particularly considers the role of poverty law (or the absence thereof) within this discourse.


Law & Political Economy 

Mentoring "Office Hours"

Friday Jan. 21, 2022, 4:00pm-5:00pm 
Eastern Time (UTC-5) via zoom (link will be provided to accepted registrants)

Registration will open soon. 
Space is limited.  

Who: 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. 

For all 2021-22 Events please click here.