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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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What is Capitalism?
APPEAL Reading Group

Upcoming Schedule


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             

New dates will be announced soon..




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:

The Corporations and Climate Change working group (as a subset of Corporate Law, Governance and Power) will host Cynthia Williams, Professor of Law at Osgoode Hall.  She will present her paper, forthcoming in Vanderbilt Law Review, on corporate fiduciary duties and climate change leadership. Fiduciary duties are the mainstay of corporate law, but until the present have been interpreted narrowly in terms of shareholder value maximization. However, the flood of investor funds into ESG, and altered expectations all around, are pushing the boundaries of corporate leadership in the U.S., as this paper examines. 

Friday, January 21, 2022 * note time change to 
2:30 to 4pm ET(UTC-5)
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.
This event is co-sponsored with 


APPEAL Cost-Benefit Analysis Working Group Session (open to all) 


Cost-Benefit Analysis at a Crossroads:  Discussion with Frank Pasquale 

Friday Feb. 4, 2022 at 3:00pm ET (UTC-5)


Please join us for a discussion with Prof. Frank Pasquale on LPE Blog symposium he organized last fall:   Cost-Benefit Analysis at a Crossroads: A Symposium on the Future of Quantitative Policy Evaluation  After several decades of experience, including extensive critique, technical refinements, and political adaptations, what have we learned?  Scholars and policy experts featured in the symposium include Amy Sinden, Mark Silverman, James Goodwin, Melissa Luttrell, Jorge Roman-Romero, Elizabeth Popp Berman, Zachary Liscow, and Lisa Heinzerling. 


Frank Pasquale (@FrankPasquale) is a Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School, and author of New Laws of Robotics (2020) and The Black Box Society (2015)



Friday, March 4, 2022 3:30-5pm ET (UTC-5) APPEAL Capitalism & Constitution Working Group.  More details to come.


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)

Participating Faculty: 

Professor Emerita Margaret Somers, University of Michigan (Sociology) 

Professor Rebecca Crootof, University of Richmond (Law) 

Registration closed on Jan. 18th
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.