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MWP Book Roundtable with Prof. Katharina Pistor (Columbia Law School) - The Code of Capital: How the Law Creates Wealth and Inequality

Dates:
  • Wed 03 Feb 2021 17.00 - 18.30
  Add to Calendar 2021-02-03 17:00 2021-02-03 18:30 Europe/Paris MWP Book Roundtable with Prof. Katharina Pistor (Columbia Law School) - The Code of Capital: How the Law Creates Wealth and Inequality

Online event (via Zoom)

Book abstract:

In this revealing book, Katharina Pistor argues that the law selectively codes certain assets, endowing them with the capacity to protect and produce private wealth. With the right legal coding, any object, claim, or idea can be turned into capital—and lawyers are the keepers of the code. Pistor describes how they pick and choose among different legal systems and legal devices for the ones that best serve their clients’ needs, and how techniques that were first perfected centuries ago to code landholdings as capital are being used today to code stocks, bonds, ideas, and even expectations—assets that exist only in law.

A powerful new way of thinking about one of the most pernicious problems of our time, The Code of Capital explores the different ways that debt, complex financial products, and other assets are coded to give financial advantage to their holders. This provocative book paints a troubling portrait of the pervasive global nature of the code, the people who shape it, and the governments that enforce it.

Moderator:

  • Dorothee Bohle (EUI), Max Weber Programme Director and Professor of Political Science (SPS Department)

Panellists:

REGISTER HERE by Tuesday, 2nd February (at noon).

Registered participants will then receive the Zoom link.

The roundtable will be recorded and will be made available on the MWP YouTube channel.

Outside EUI premises - DD/MM/YYYY
  Outside EUI premises -

Online event (via Zoom)

Book abstract:

In this revealing book, Katharina Pistor argues that the law selectively codes certain assets, endowing them with the capacity to protect and produce private wealth. With the right legal coding, any object, claim, or idea can be turned into capital—and lawyers are the keepers of the code. Pistor describes how they pick and choose among different legal systems and legal devices for the ones that best serve their clients’ needs, and how techniques that were first perfected centuries ago to code landholdings as capital are being used today to code stocks, bonds, ideas, and even expectations—assets that exist only in law.

A powerful new way of thinking about one of the most pernicious problems of our time, The Code of Capital explores the different ways that debt, complex financial products, and other assets are coded to give financial advantage to their holders. This provocative book paints a troubling portrait of the pervasive global nature of the code, the people who shape it, and the governments that enforce it.

Moderator:

  • Dorothee Bohle (EUI), Max Weber Programme Director and Professor of Political Science (SPS Department)

Panellists:

REGISTER HERE by Tuesday, 2nd February (at noon).

Registered participants will then receive the Zoom link.

The roundtable will be recorded and will be made available on the MWP YouTube channel.


Location:
Outside EUI premises -

Affiliation:
Max Weber Programme for Postdoctoral Studies

Type:
Roundtable

Contact:
Jashwanni Grewal (EUI - Max Weber Programme) - Send a mail

Speaker:
Prof. Katharina Pistor (Columbia Law School)

Attachment:
Privacy Statement - Katharina Pistor.pdf
 

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