Center Events

Past Conferences

April 7, 2017
"Markets, Morality, and Contract Law," the inaugural conference hosted by the Center for the Study of Law and Markets

2017 Center Conference

The Center’s inaugural event brought together leading contract law theorists for a discussion using as its starting point themes from the recently published book THE DIGNITY OF COMMERCE: MARKETS AND THE MORAL FOUNDATIONS OF CONTRACT LAW (University of Chicago Press 2017) by Professor Nathan B. Oman. The William & Mary Business Law Review will publish papers from the conference in a future journal volume.

Past Lectures

November 13, 2017: “The Constitutional Law of Economic Liberty, as Told Exclusively through Cows,” a lecture by Sheldon Gilbert, Institute for Justice

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Sheldon Gilbert is the director of the Institute for Justice’s Center for Judicial Engagement (CJE), which he joined in 2017. As CJE’s director, he educates the public about the proper role of judges in enforcing constitutional limits on the size and scope of government. Before joining the Institute for Justice, Mr. Gilbert worked as a litigator for the U.S. Chamber Litigation Center, where he represented the Chamber in over 400 cases in federal and state courts addressing a host of important business law issues—from property rights to free speech—including nearly a hundred cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Learn more.

Professor Richman

April 17, 2017: “Should We Subject Religion to Market Forces?  Examining the Economics of Judaism,” a lecture by Professor Barack D. Richman, Duke University Law School

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Professor Richman’s primary research interests include the economics of contracting, new institutional economics, antitrust, and healthcare policy. His work has been published in the Columbia Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Law and Social Inquiry, the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and Health Affairs. His book Stateless Commerce was published by Harvard University Press in 2017. Learn more.


Professor BaradaranMarch 31, 2017: "How the Other Half Banks: Poverty and Banking," a lecture by Professor Mehrsa Baradaran, University of Georgia Law School

Professor Baradaran's scholarship includes the books How the Other Half Banks with the Harvard University Press and The Color of Money: An History of Black Banking (forthcoming, Harvard University Press). She and her book How the Other Half Banks have received significant national and international media coverage and has been featured in the New York Times, the Atlantic, Slate, American Banker, Financial Times, National Public Radio’s “Marketplace,” C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal,” Public Broadcasting Service’s “NewsHour” and as part of TEDxUGA. Learn more.


Professor Kimberly KrawiecNovember 1, 2016: "Law and Taboo Markets," a lecture by Professor Kimberly D. Krawiec, Duke University Law School

Professor Krawiec is an expert on corporate law who teaches courses on securities, corporate, and derivatives law.

Her research interests span a variety of fields, including the empirical analysis of contract disputes; the choice of organizational form by professional service firms, including law firms; forbidden or taboo markets; corporate compliance systems; insider trading; derivatives hedging practices; and “rogue” trading.  Learn more.