Friday, January 7, 2022
We just wrapped up a fascinating discussion group titled "A Very Online Economy: Meme Trading, Bitcoin, and the Crisis of Trust and Value(s)--How Should the Law Respond?" as part of the AALS 2022 Annual Meeting. I co-moderated the group with Professor Martin Edwards (Belmont University School of Law). Here's the description:
Emergent forces emanating from social and financial technologies are challenging many underlying assumptions about the workings of markets, the nature of firms, and our social relationship with our economic institutions. Blockchain technologies challenge our assumptions about the need for centralization, trust, and financial institutions. Meme trading puts pressure on our assumptions about economic value and market processes. Environmental and social governance initiatives raise important questions about the relationship between economic institutions and social values. These issues will certainly drive policy debates about social and economic good in the coming years.
The group gathered some amazing presenters and commentators for the discussion, including:
- Prof. Eric Chaffee (University of Toledo School of Law)
- Prof. Kevin R. Douglas (Michigan State College of Law)
- Prof. Caleb N. Griffin (University of Arkansas School of Law)
- Prof. Yuliya Guseva (Rutgers Law School)
- Prof. Mike Guttentag (Loyola Law School)
- BLPB co-blogger, Prof. Joan MacLeod Heminway (University of Tennessee College of Law), who inspired and encouraged Martin and I to organize the group
- Prof. Ben Johnson (Penn State Law)
- Prof. Kristin Johnson (Emory Law)
- Prof. Jeremy Kidd (Drake University Law School)Prof.
- Prof. Seth C. Oranburg (Duquesne University School of Law)
- Prof. Carla L. Reyes (Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law)
- Prof. J.W. Verrett (George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School)
The discussion was lively and informative, and I look forward to seeing the final versions of these projects in print!