For spring 2020 our focus is “private and public law & organization.” To structure the inquiry, the Colloquium will concentrate on four discrete areas of contractual thought—contracting over property, contracting between states, contracting through coercion and power, and finally contracting for punishment—each of which will be the focus of a monthly conversation between two to four speakers. As the Colloquium’s format is a somewhat unconventional, a few words about its structure may be warranted. For each individual session, invited speakers are to submit a 15 to 30-page document (which may be a working paper or something previously published by the speaker or someone else). Rather than limiting discussion to these specific documents, the objective here is to give the audience some background on the speaker’s thoughts and likely comments on the topic. At the beginning of each meeting the session coordinator will summarize and relate the submitted documents and then lead off with questions and open up a discussion between the speakers. Following that exchange, the session coordinator will invite questions and comments from the audience.
Private and Public Law & Organization of Property, Jan. 30
Private and Public Law & Organization of Agreements between States, Feb. 27
Private and Public Law & Organization of Coercion and Power, Mar. 26
Private and Public Law & Organization of Punishment, Apr. 30