Spring 2005 Hauser Colloquium

Hauser Globalization and Its Discontents Colloquium 2005:
"The Social Dimensions of Global Markets"

Professors Kevin E Davis & Joseph Weiler

Wednesdays, 2:05-3:55 pm
Furman Hall, Room 334; 245 Sullivan Street



The Globalization and its Discontents Colloquium has been convening for several years, taking up different themes each year and led by different conveners. The Colloquium format at NYU Law is designed to further research and scholarship whilst serving at the same time as a stimulating learning vehicle for our students. The Colloquium meets weekly, with a few exceptions, with a Guest Speaker. The students receive the paper ahead of time and, seminar style, will write short comments on it. A couple may be designated as principal interlocutors during the discussion which takes place. The Colloquium is attended also by interested colleagues and visiting scholars to the law school. From the perspective of the invited guest speaker it characteristically provides a very stimulating, friendly, workshop and produces a wealth of reaction that assist in developing work-in-progress.

The Theme

In this year's Colloquium we are hoping to explore socio-political dimensions of the legal regimes which undergird global and regional transnational markets. We are interested in this topic both in developing and developed societies. Exploring the "discontents" of globalization is not exactly virgin territory. We are, however, interested in individuating, or at least focusing more strictly on, the relationship between the legal and the socio/political. We are also advisedly using the term socio-political "dimensions" rather than, say, socio-political "pathologies" or "dislocations," because of our belief that the relationship and impact of the legal regimes is normatively differentiated and at times even contradictory.


January 19th

Susan Rose-Ackerman, Yale Law School
“Foreign Direct Investment and the Business Environment in Developing Countries: The Impact of Bilateral Investment Treaties” (co-authored with Jennifer Tobin)

February 2nd

Anthony Anghie, University of Utah School of Law
“International Institutions and the Colonial Origins of Law and Development”

February 9th

Robert Howse, University of Michigan Law School
"Trade Policy and Labour Standards" (co-authored with Michael J. Trebilcock)

February 16th

Michael Trebilcock, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto
"The Law and Economics of Immigration Policy" plus “Critiquing the Critics of Economic Globalization”

February 23rd

Donald Regan, University of Michigan Law School
"What Are Trade Agreements For? And Why It Matters To What They Mean"
No PDF file will be linked to the paper title this week.

March 2nd

Adelle Blackett, Faculty of Law, McGill University
“Social Regionalism in West Africa? The Paradox of OHADA's Transnational, Hard Law, Labour Harmonization Initiative”

March 9th

Kerry Rittich, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto
“The Future of Law and Development: Second Generation Reforms and the Incorporation of the ‘Social’”




NYU Spring Break



March 23rd

Bryant Garth, American Bar Foundation
“Law, Class and Imperialism” (based on work with Yves Dezalay)

March 30th

Jacqueline Peel, Faculty of Law, University of Melbourne
“GMO Trade Wars- The Submissions in the US-EC Biotech Dispute in the WTO”

April 6th


April 13th

Ruth Okediji, University of Minnesota Law School
“What International Relations Might Teach Us About the Globalization of Intellectual Property Rights”