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

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APPEAL reading group:  
What is Capitalism? Session 12

Friday June 25th, 2pm, EDT
Eastern Daylight Time = UTC-4
via Zoom

Click HERE to Register

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,

Please join us to discuss labor and property rights in the next What is Capitalism session, Friday June 25, 2:00-3:30pm Eastern Time (UTC-4).  The discussion will be led by Professor Kim Christensen, Sarah Lawrence Economics Departmentand Martha McCluskey, Professor Emerita, University at Buffalo Law School

The short readings will address the pending U.S. Supreme Court case, Cedar Point Nursery vs. Hassid, where an agricultural business argues that the Constitution gives employers a right to exclude labor organizers from their property, overriding a state law giving unions access to farmworkers in the fields. The case is connected to a broader property rights movement interested in expanding businesses’ power to resist regulatory oversight. 

We’ll send an electronic copy of the following short readings to those who register: 

Linda Greenhouse, Testing Time at the Supreme Court, N.Y. Times, March 25, 2021

Amici Curiae Brief of Senators Sheldon Whitehouse, et al., in support of Respondents [California labor relations board], Cedar Point Nursery v. Hassid, U.S. Supreme Court (on appeal from 9th Circ. Court of Appeals), Feb. 25, 2021.  

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


We hope to “see” you on June 25!

2021 Manchester Summer Academy on Law, Money and Technology

Online July 26-30, 2021

(Look under Upcoming Events on the right hand side and click which event/webinar you want to attend then click attend to register.)

Registration for the Summer Academy is now open! The program of the Summer Academy is organized around once a day sessions. The sessions bring together emerging and established scholars across a range of disciplines and interests to work together in a variety of group formats around a common problem and to share insights with one another. Aside from the first day of the program, there are no formal conference-style panels. The sessions focus on questions involving the political economy and law of gender/race, markets/workplace, and technology.

The Summer Academy is modular and while the program is designed for conversations to build over the course of the days, there is no expectation of attendance across the entire program. APPEAL is proud to host alongside the University of Manchester, the Finance, Law and Economics (FLE) Working Group of the Young Scholars Initiative/Institute for New Economic Thinking, and the European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy.

We would be delighted for you to join us.