Law and Political Economy

The Law and Political Economy Colloquium is part of a thriving interdisciplinary scholarship program at Northwestern University School of Law. In this colloquium, leading scholars from the fields of law, political science and economics present cutting edge scholarship on the law-making processes of courts, agencies, Congress and the President. Faculty and students alike attend the colloquium and discuss theoretical and methodological aspects of the work.

Presenters receive valuable feedback and suggestions for how to expand or improve their research, and Northwestern Law students and faculty gain a broader understanding of the relation of politics to the study and practice of law.

The Law and Political Economy Colloquium is sponsored by the Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth and is organized by Professors Emerson Tiller and Tonja Jacobi.

Fall 2012

All sessions take place on Mondays from 4:00-5:50pm in Rubloff 339.

September 17
Morgan Hazelton, Washington University in St. Louis
“Procedural Postures: The Influence of Legal Change on Strategic Litigants and Judges (Preliminary Results)”

October 1
Vanessa Baird, Associate Professor, University of Colorado-Boulder
“The Supreme Court’s Influence in the System of Separated Powers”

October 15
Francesco Parisi, Oppenheimer Wolff and Donnelly Professor of Law, University of Minnesota
“Seeking Rents in the Shadow of Coase“

October 29
Lewis Kornhauser
, Alfred B. Engelberg Professor, New York University School of Law
"Bargaining on Multi-Member Courts"

November 12
Jennifer Nou, Public Law Fellow, University of Chicago Law School
“Agency Self-Insulation Under Presidential Review”

November 26
Aaron Bruhl, Associate Professor of Law, University of Houston
"Elected Judges and Statutory Interpretation"


Spring 2012

January 23
Susan Yackee, Associate Professor of Public Affairs and Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison
"Breaking the Myth of Regulatory Ossification"

February 6
Rachel Hinkle, Washington University in St. Louis & Jonathan Shaub (NU Law JD)
"The Execution of Judicial Discourse: A Positive Political Theory and Empirical Analysis of Strategic Word Choice in District Court Opinions"

February 20
Jed Stiglitz (Stanford PhD, Stanford JD candidate)
Unaccountable Midnight Rulemaking? Evidence from Public Comments

March 5
Joseph Smith, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Alabama
"The Constraining Effect of Law: Connecting Judicial Opinion Language to Outcomes"

April 2
Kimuli Kasara, Assistant Professor, Columbia University Department of Political Science
"Local Ethnic Segregation and Violence"

April 16
Stephanie Lindquist, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and A.W. Walker Centennial Chair in Law, The University of Texas at Austin School of Law
"National Policy Preferences and Judicial Review of State Statutes at the United States Supreme Court


Spring 2011

Organized by Professors Lee Epstein, Emerson Tiller, J. Landis Martin Professor of Law and Business, Nancy Staudt, and Shelley Murphey, Visiting Pre-Doctoral Fellow. The colloquia will take place at 4 p.m. in Schachtman-Gordon Hall (Rubloff 339) on the dates listed below.

January 24
Anne O'Connell, UC Berkeley, Law
"Qualifications: Law and Practice of Selecting Agency Leaders"

February 21
Anthony Niblett, Chicago, Law
"Case-by-Case Adjudication and the Path of the Law"

February 28
Morton Schapiro, Northwestern University
"Student Choosing Colleges: Understanding the Matriculation Decision at a Highly Selective Private Institution"

March 7
James Alt, Harvard, Government Department
"Enforcement and Public Corruption: Evidence from the US States"

April 4
Wendy Martinek, Binghamton, Political Science
"Judicial Selection and Judicial Choice"

April 18
Paul Wahlbeck, George Washington, Political Science


Fall 2009

Organized by Professors Lee Epstein and Emerson Tiller, J. Landis Martin Professor of Law and Business. The colloquia will take place at 4 p.m. in Schachtman-Gordon Hall (Rubloff 339) on the dates listed below.

September 14
Anna L. Harvey, Associate Professor, Department of Politics, New York University
"Confirmation Bias in the United States Supreme Court Judicial Database"

September 28
Joanna Shepherd, Assistant Professor of Law, Emory University School of Law
"The Politics of Judicial Opposition"

October 12
Ryan Owens, Assistant Professor, Harvard University, Department of Government
"Strategic Bargaining on the United States Courts of Appeals"

October 26
Tom Clark, Assistant Professor, Emory University, Department of Political Science
"Locating Supreme Court Opinions in Doctrine Space"

November 9
David S. Law, Professor of Law, Washington University in St. Louis School of Law

November 23
Rui de Figueiredo, Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business