YSI IUC Web-Seminars in Law, Economics & Finance

March 2019 - July 2019

Webinar Series


In cooperation with the International University College (IUC) of Turin, the INET YSI Finance, Law and Economics Working Group we want to invite you to the YSI IUC Web-Seminars in Law, Economics & Finance.

As the name indicates web-seminars are events that will take place both in the digital classroom through the YSI platform (https://ysd.ineteconomics.org ) and in the physical classroom at IUC (Piazza Paleocapa 2, Turin, http://www.iuctorino.it ). These web-seminars will feature both senior and young scholars working on different topics in finance, law and economics with focus on novel research and issues that draw public attention. The speakers will be invited to share more extensively on their research paths; difficulties that they faced and decisions they made; as well as discuss further issues in the field for the young scholars to pursue.

As both YSI and IUC promote critical and heterodox thinking, so will the web-seminars. The post 2008 crisis socio-economic setting has brought multiple challenges that often come intertwined: strong budgetary restrictions on governments; generally lower growth and profit rates across the board; as well as political turbulences and backtrack of the 20th century globalization project. At the same time these challenges have sometimes been followed with opening up spaces for innovative and resilient solutions that offset the existing status quo. The web-seminars will feature talks addressing both sides of the present predicament through the use of novel methodology in social sciences combined with historical reflections.
We invite you to join us in the audience as well as propose your own research to be presented.

For their presentations, young scholars will be paired with seniors who will comment on their presentations. This is an opportunity for young scholars to present their research and obtain valuable insight from a senior scholar as well as feedback from a diverse audience.

If you want to apply as a young or a senior scholar, send a 300 words abstract as well as a short CV to: fle@youngscholarsinitiative.org

Unfortunately, we will not be able to facilitate your travel to Turin. Please have patience when arranging the time slot for your talk. Submissions will be accepted on the rolling basis and will be combined with the schedule that is already filling up.

Besides the announced events, we have confirmations of professors Tom Ferguson (Umass Amherst), Leo Martinez (UC Hastings), Reuel Schiller (UC Hastings) for lectures in this semester.


There are no upcoming events in this project.



11 Mar 2019


Inaugural webinar "Counter-hegemonic Uses of Private Law"

In the inaugural webinar of the YSI IUC Web-Seminars in Law, Economics & Finance, professor Ugo Mattei will present some arguments from his lates book (The Turning Point in Private Law Ecology, Technology and the Commons) with Alessandra Quarta: Can private law assume an ecological meaning? Can property and contract defend nature? Is tort law an adequate tool for paying environmental damages to future generations? This book explores potential resolutions to these questions, analyzing the evolution of legal thinking in relation to the topics of legal personality, property, contract and tort. In this forward-thinking book, Mattei and Quarta suggest a list of basic principles upon which a new, ecological legal system could be based. Taking private law to represent an ally in the defence of our future, they offer a clear characterization of the fundamental legal institutions of common law and civil law, considering the challenges of the Anthropogenic era, technological tools of the Internet era, and the global rise of the commons. Summarizing the fundamental institutions of private law: property rights, legal personality, contract, and tort, the authors reveal the limits of these legal institutions in relation to historical international evolution and their regulation in the contexts of catastrophic ecological issues and technological developments. Engaging and thoughtful, this book will be interesting reading for legal scholars and academics of private law and, in particular, those wishing to understand the role of law when facing technological and ecological challenges.

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29 Mar 2019


2nd webinar: "Globalisation, sovereignty and the dark side of legitimacy"

In the second webinar of the YSI IUC Web-Seminars in Law, Economics & Finance, professor Pier Giuseppe Monateri (University of Turin) will discuss some of the ideas from his book ''Dominus Mundi'': This monograph makes a seminal contribution to existing literature on the importance of Roman law in the development of political thought in Europe. In particular it examines the expression 'dominus mundi', following it through the texts of the medieval jurists – the Glossators and Post-Glossators – up to the political thought of Hobbes. Understanding the concept of dominus mundi sheds light on how medieval jurists understood ownership of individual things; it is more complex than it might seem; and this book investigates these complexities. The book also offers important new insights into Thomas Hobbes, especially with regard to the end of dominus mundi and the replacement by Leviathan. Finally, the book has important relevance for contemporary political theory. With fading of political diversity Monateri argues “that the actual setting of globalisation represents the reappearance of the Ghost of the Dominus Mundi, a political refoulé – repressed – a reappearance of its sublime nature, and a struggle to restore its universal legitimacy, and take its place.” In making this argument, the book adds an important original vision to current debates in legal and political philosophy.

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10 Apr 2019


3rd webinar: ''Law and economics of food as commons''

From the scientific and industrial revolution to the present day, food – an essential element of life – has been progressively transformed into a private, transnational, mono-dimensional commodity of mass consumption for a global market. But over the last decade there has been an increased recognition that this can be challenged and reconceptualized if food is regarded and enacted as a commons. This talk will attempt to spark a debate on food as a commons between and within disciplines, with particular attention to spaces of resistance (food sovereignty, de-growth, open knowledge, transition town, occupations, bottom-up social innovations) and organizational scales (local food, national policies, South–South collaborations, international governance and multi-national agreements). Overall, it shows the consequences of a shift to the alternative paradigm of food as a commons in terms of food, the planet and living beings.

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17 Apr 2019


4. Can Mark Carney/Mario Draghi/Jay Powell Do It? The Scope of Central Bank

Professor Jan Toporowski (SOAS) will discuss the historical arguments and contemporary issues on the scope and operations of central banks.

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Working groups
  • Finance, Law, and Economics
Project Organizers
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Aleksandar Stojanović

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Christina Mosalagae

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