martes, 18 de diciembre de 2012

Amartya Sen, Creating Capabilities: Sources and Consequences for Law and Social Policy. Chicago Law School

University of Chicago Law School
This conference, organized by James Heckman, Martha Nussbaum and Robert Pollak, examines a variety of conceptions of human capability, including the Human Development and Capabilities Approach in relation to the recent literature on the economics, neuroscience, and psychology of human development in order to enrich both fields.

The aim of the conference is to integrate recent advances in understanding how capabilities are produced into the Human Development Approach and to study the implications of the revised research program for law and public policy. Amartya Sen, the 1998 winner of The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, provided the keynote address on April 23, 2010.

martes, 4 de diciembre de 2012

A conversation on the legal legacy of Judge Henry Friendly (video). Harvard Law School

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A panel of distinguished judges and scholars gathered at Harvard Law School with author David Dorsen ’59 on Nov. 14 to discuss and celebrate his recent biography, “Henry Friendly: Greatest Judge of His Era.”

At the event, moderated by Professor Carol Steiker ’86—who is the Henry J. Friendly Professor of Law at HLS—Judges Michael Boudin ’64, Pierre Leval ’63, Jon Newman, and Richard Posner ’62, together with HLS Professors Todd Rakoff’75 and Dan Coquillette ’71, joined Dorsen to share personal memories of Friendly and to discuss his accomplishments and legacy.

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viernes, 23 de noviembre de 2012

Disability Law Society presents "The Social and Legal Ramifications of the Rise of Autism Spectrum Disorder"

University of Chicago Law School

This discussion, featuring Clinical Professor of Law Herschella Conyers, Brooke Whitted (Whitted, Cleary, and Takiff, LLC), and Lam Ho (Equip for Equality) was recorded on October 12, 2012 and sponsored by the Disability Law Society.

jueves, 1 de noviembre de 2012

Gergen speaks at HLS on the 2012 presidential race (video)

Harvard Law School
Gergen Fall Reunions 2012

Rarely has a presidential race been so hard to call, said David Gergen ’67, during a talk on Oct. 26 at Harvard Law School Fall Reunions. A former adviser to four presidents, a regular contributor to CNN and a professor at the Harvard Kennedy School, Gergen put the race between fellow HLS graduates Mitt Romney ’75 and President Barack Obama ’91 in historical perspective, analyzed its development, talked about its import—and made some predictions.

martes, 23 de octubre de 2012

The vicissitudes of recognition: the legacy of J-J Rousseau. By Professor Axel Honneth

Here you can listen to the opening keynote lecture of the conference, ‘The vicissitudes of recognition: the legacy of J-J Rousseau’. It was given by Professor Axel Honneth (Institute for Social Research, Frankfurt, and Columbia University), on 19 April 2012 at UCL. Professor Honneth provided an overview of different interpretations of Rousseau’s legacy in the 20th century. He argued that it was the original insight of Rousseau, connecting the seemingly unrelated parts of his work, that human beings are characterized not only by a drive for self-preservation, but also by a need for social esteem and recognition which he called amour propre. Professor Honneth surveyed the different solutions Rousseau offered for the satisfaction of this need, and compared these remedies with those developed by other authors such as Kant and Hegel. Source:

martes, 9 de octubre de 2012

sábado, 6 de octubre de 2012

Freedom in Motion: San Suu Kyi gives lecture at JFKJr Forum, addresses how "to be citizens of a free society" Harvard Univ ersity

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Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi outlines vision for Burma in Kennedy School talk

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Burmese democratic leader, discussed the role of democratic activism and the rule of law in a free society. She explained the importance of political participation amongst the people of Myanmar. Aung San Suu Kyi discussed the many obstacles that she and many others have faced while trying to exercise their political voices in Burma. Suu Kyi addressed the importance of preparing the Burmese to be responsible citizens of a free society and the discussed the empowerment that exercising one's civic responsibilities can impart on people's abilities to change their communities. Harvard University Drew Gilpin Faust introduced Suu Kyi and Harvard Kennedy School Dean David Ellwood moderated the question and answer session.

The Choice 2012

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have crafted their campaign narratives, telling you who they are, what they've done, and how they would lead America. 

But there’s more to their stories.

On October 9, 2012, acclaimed FRONTLINE producer Michael Kirk (Money, Power and Wall Street, Top Secret America) presents The Choice 2012. This two-hour long documentary journeys into the places, people, and decisive moments that made the men who are competing for the presidency. Hundreds of hours of research and dozens of original interviews reveal new details and fresh insights about the two candidates — and our choice this November. Source: The Choice 2012 | FRONTLINE | PBS

Watch "The Choice 2012" Trailer on PBS. See more from FRONTLINE.

Harvard Voices 375

Franklin D. Roosevelt, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Jr., Bill Gates, J.K. Rowling - all on "Harvard Voices.

"Harvard Voices” was originally prepared for the 350th Anniversary of the founding of Harvard College and has been updated for the 375th Anniversary in the fall of 2011. Excerpts from major addresses by public figures and creative artists, as well as the musings of notable Harvard scholars, are included.

viernes, 5 de octubre de 2012

¿Cómo imaginaba Steve Jobs el iPAD en 1983?

En un audio inédito del cofundador de Apple, describe su concepción de la iPad casi 27 años antes de su invención.

La estrategia de Apple es muy simple. Lo que queremos hacer es poner una computadora increíblemente grande en un libro que puedas llevar a todos lados y que aprendas a usar en 20 minutos”, asegura Jobs en el audio. CNN

jueves, 4 de octubre de 2012

Academia and boutique law practice. Viet D. Dinh

Harvard Law School

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Dinh reflected on his career in academia and government, discussing the commonality and challenge of choosing between the public and private spheres throughout one’s career.  He also shared his views on how the legal profession is handling this time of economic and global change. Source: Harvard Law School.

End This Depression Now. Paul Krugman

End This Depression Now!
Harvard Book Store welcomes Nobel Prize–winning economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman for a discussion with WBUR's Tom Ashbrook of his latest call-to-arms, End This Depression Now!

martes, 2 de octubre de 2012

Blum cuts through the "fog of victory"

Harvard Law School
Gabriella Blum

En her lecture, Gabriella Blum stated that there has been little discussion of the idea of victory in the legal field, and almost none among legal scholars. “Without understanding what victory means today, we cannot even hope to approach a workable and meaningful doctrine for regulating war.” 

lunes, 1 de octubre de 2012

Klarman seeks to debunk myths on the Constitution’s founding

Harvard Law School

At an event commemorating the signing of the U.S. Constitution, Harvard Law School Professor Michael Klarman, an expert on constitutional law and constitutional history, gave a lecture entitled “Why the Tea Party Has It Wrong: The Story of a Multifaceted Founding”.

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jueves, 20 de septiembre de 2012

Environmental Regulation, the Economy, and Jobs

With the continuing economic and employment crisis facing the nation, the connection between environmental protection, layoffs, and unemployment has become a major topic of national conversation. This panel discussed how the emphasis on jobs has affected the discourse over the economic effects of environmental policy, and examined how analysts can best account for and communicate the relationship between employment and environmental regulation.


Dina Cappiello, National Environment/Energy Reporter, The Associated Press 
Laurie Johnson, Climate Center Chief Economist, Natural Resources Defense Council
Lewis T. Putnam, Partner, Head of Environmental and Natural Resources Practice Group, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP
Carter Strickland, Commissioner, New York City Department of Environmental Protection

Richard Revesz, Dean, Lawrence King Professor of Law, NYU School of Law

lunes, 17 de septiembre de 2012

Law professors see challenges, but not crisis (video)

Harvard Law School
I. Glenn Cohen
"Three law professors addressed the questions brought up by these stories, in a panel titled “Are Law Schools in Crisis? The New York Times Editorial and its Discontents.” The panel was hosted at Harvard Law School. While all agreed that law schools indeed face challenges—including rising tuition costs, shrinking job markets and calls for more practice and less theory—none believed that a state of crisis exists."

viernes, 14 de septiembre de 2012

The Demands of Justice: Amartya Sen

Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen delivers the 18th Annual Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C. Lecture in Ethics and Public Policy at Notre Dame. Winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Economics, Sen is best known for his commitment to addressing the challenges faced by the world's poorest people

miércoles, 29 de agosto de 2012


This plenary examined the forms and consequences of economic inequality today and considered how government and law should work to restore stability and opportunity to the many families who are a paycheck, health crisis, or missed mortgage payment away from ruin. Beyond the extremes of rich and poor, economic stratification has emerged as a defining feature of American life. The economic insecurity facing American households has changed the political conversation and raised the question of the adequacy of our current laws. This panel discussed how government measures in key areas – including tax, labor, health care, welfare, criminal justice and education – can respond to the economic and social challenges faced by those in the middle class and those living at the margins of our society. What kinds of policies are needed to close the economic divide? What specific policies could be enacted at the local, state and national levels to move us toward a more just society?

viernes, 17 de agosto de 2012


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The Annual Interdisciplinary Humanities Graduate Student Conference
The Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University
April 13-14, 2012

Malika Zeghal on Tunisia
Professor in Contemporary Islamic Thought and Life

Roger Owen on Egypt
Professor of Middle East History

Robert Darnton on the French Revolution
Cultural historian, University Professor and Librarian

Stephen Squibb on the Occupy Movement
Writer, Occupy Boston leader, and Harvard graduate student

Svetlana Boym on the practice of public freedom and Occupy
Writer, theorist, media artist. Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures

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jueves, 9 de agosto de 2012

Law school deans from around the world discuss globalizing law education. Duncan Kennedy (moderator)

Harvard Law School


Deans representing law schools in China, Brazil, Canada, and France gathered at Harvard Law School  to discuss the pressures facing law schools to reform curricula in response to globalization.

Assistant Dean Chenying Zhang, Tsinghua Law School, China; Dean Joaquim Falcão, FGV Law School, Brazil; HLS Professor Duncan Kennedy (moderator); Dean Christophe Jamin, Sciences Po Law School, France; and Dean Daniel Jutras, McGill University, Faculty of Law, Canada.

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sábado, 4 de agosto de 2012

HLS forum examines the impact of globalization on legal education

Harvard Law School

Harvard LawSchool's S.J.D. program celebrated its 100th anniversary the weekend of March 23–25 by hosting a Global Legal Education Forum that drew hundreds of attendees and participants from around the world.

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View Video: "Are Law Schools in Crisis? The New York Times Debate and its Discontents:" Moderator: Heidi Matthews, S.J.D. candidate, Harvard Law School; Bryant Garth,dean, Southwestern Law School; co-editor, Journal of Legal Education; Kyle McEnteeexecutive director, Law School Transparency; Lauren Kay Robel, president, AALS and interim provost and executive vice president, Indiana University Bloomington; and David Segalreporter, New York Times.

sábado, 14 de julio de 2012

Howard Gardner: The ethical letter of the law

Harvard Law School

Howard Gardner

Howard Gardner, John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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sábado, 30 de junio de 2012

Creating a Learning Society. Joseph E Stiglitz and Amartya Sen

Creating a Learning SocietyThe London School of Economics and Political Scienc. 

Speaker(s): Professor Joseph E Stiglitz, Professor Amartya Sen 
Chair: Professor Oriana Bandiera

viernes, 29 de junio de 2012

Gabriella Blum: "The fog of victory"

Harvard Law SchoolGabriella Blum dictó la conferencia "The fog of victory" el pasado10 de abril, para conmemorar su nombramiento como Profesora Rita E. Hauser de Derechos Humanos y Derecho Humanitario. Fuente: Harvard Law School.
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viernes, 15 de junio de 2012

Geoffrey Stone on Freedom and Education

University of Chicago Law School

Geoffrey Stone, profesor y ex decano ('93-'02) en la Universidad de Chicago Law School, analiza el papel de la libertad y la educación en América. Sus libros más recientes son Top Secret:  When Our Government Keeps Us in the Dark (2007) and War and Liberty: An American Dilemma (2007). His book Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime from the Sedition Act of 1798 to the War on Terrorism (2004).

Este evento fue registrado 19 de abril 2012 en la Universidad de Chicago.

Paul Volcker on preventing bank failures

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Paul Volcker habla sobre el contexto histórico de la actual crisis financiera y los esfuerzos actuales para impedir crisis futuras.

La crisis de hoy, según Volker, fue causada por las instituciones financieras fuera de control, frente al incumplimiento crediticio y valores respaldados por hipotecas. Frente a ello se tomaron medidas legales extraordinarias y miles de millones de dólares fueron destinados al rescate financiero para hacer frente al colapso masivo de las instituciones financieras.

Volker considera que  los bancos desempeñan un papel crucial en la sociedad: Hacen préstamos, mantienen depósitos de forma segura, ejecutan el sistema mundial de pagos. Debido a que contamos con ellos, les damos una protección especial. Si todo eso es cierto, dijo Volcker, deben prestar atención a su negocio fundamental y no involucrarse en todas las actividades que nos llevaron al precipicio en la primera década del siglo.

Volcker, explicó que los bancos pueden negociar para su cliente y usted puede tener la seguridad como parte de su posición comercial, pero que realmente tiene que tratar con los clientes. Esa es la distinción que queremos. Usted no debe tratar y especular en cuenta propia.

La preferencia de Volcker es mantener la regulación escrita y sencilla, afirmar el principio general y aplicar la ley a partir de ahí. En su visión, los bancos que manejan sus propios sistemas de control, mantienen los datos estadísticos, e informan a los reguladores. Los Reguladores examinarán los informes correspondientes a los modelos de negociación por cuenta propia y hacen cumplir el principio de esa manera. Los bancos, sin embargo, prefieren un enfoque diferente, señaló. Ellos quieren una norma escrita específica para gobernar cada transacción posible imaginable, lo que podría hacer de un régimen regulatorio difícil de manejar. Pero sin embargo, la regla final se ve al final, lo que es, según Volcker es la siguiente: cambiar la cultura ética de la industria financiera para que ya no esté en conflicto con sus clientes.

Paul Volcker: Ex presidente de la Reserva Federal durante la presidencia de  Carter y Reagan, y ex presidente de Economía de la Justa Asesora de recuperación en la presidencia de Obama. 

Fuente: Harvard Law School 

lunes, 11 de junio de 2012

Martha Nussbaum, "Teaching Patriotism"

University of Chicago Law School
Las escuelas enseñan patriotismo, todo el tiempo, pero mucha gente piensa que esto es una mala idea. Los rituales patrióticos pueden transmitir los valores fuera de lugar y con matiz jerárquica, ya que pueden coaccionar la conciencia, y pueden promover un tipo peligroso de homogeneidad acrítica. Por otro lado, parece difícil motivar a los sacrificios de interés para el bien común sin emoción patriótica. La profesora Nussbaum sostiene que hay una manera de negociar estas dificultades con la enseñanza de un tipo de patriotismo que se basa en los buenos valores, la protección de la conciencia y en sintonía con el pensamiento crítico y el disentimiento.

jueves, 7 de junio de 2012

Dworkin in Budapest

The presentation was held at the Central European University on the 27th January, 2011.

How Universal is Liberalism? Ronald Dworkin

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Professor Ronald Dworkin, New York University, delivers the 2011 Ralf Dahrendorf Memorial Lecture, with response from Professor Sir Adam Roberts, President of the British Academy.

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