Monthly Archives: November 2014

Meet Me In Israel!

Okay, none of you met me in Paris in October. Fine. I forgive you. But, the relevant question is, how do we move forward from here? Well, you could meet me at this awesome roundtable on “The State and the Market” that I’m hosting with Tsilly Dagan on December 30th at Bar Ilan University. If you happen to be in the neighborhood, just drop me ( or Tsilly ( an email letting us know you plan to attend.


We are happy to invite you for a roundtable on “The State and the Market” to be held December 30th 2014 at Bar Ilan University Faculty of Law (room # 300 @ the Banin building).

Please find below a short description of the focus of our discussions as well as our schedule

Tsilly Dagan & Kimberly D. Krawiec

The State and The Market

The intersection of the state and the market is the center of attention of many theoretical perspectives and disciplines.  The ways in which states design their markets and set their borders has a major effect on the nature of society, and the identities of individuals within it. At the same time markets (in goods, in services, investments as well as the market-like competition between states under globalization) alter states’ policies and capabilities and curtail their sovereign powers.

In this workshop, we wish to encourage participants to present their work in progress focusing on the description, explanation, and the normative evaluation of the mutual effects of states and markets: the cases where the two institutions limit one another and the cases where they facilitate each other’s prosperity.

16:30- 17:30           When State and Market Interact

Yuval Feldman & Eliran Haleli , “Exploring the Potential Role of Law in Enhancing Neutrality in Subtle Conflicts of Interest Situations‫.”

Hila Shamir, “Designing Legal Mechanisms for the Promotion of Women: the Market, The State, The Family and the Public Good”

17:45-19:15            Taboo Trades

Kimberly D. Krawiec, “Commodification (Or Not) In The Oocyte Market”

Benny Shmueli, “Trading the Right to Divorce: On Inalienability, Commodification, and Using Liability Rules in Cases of Refusal to Divorce”

Ram Rivlin, “The Puzzle of Intra-Familial Commodification”

19:30-20:30            Marketizing the State

Mitu Gulati, “A Market For Sovereign Control?” (With Joseph Blocher)

Talia Fisher & Tsilly Dagan, “The Market and the State”

*Please RSVP to Tsilly Dagan ( or Kim Krawiec ( if you plan t to attend.

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Selling The Starred Footnote

I’m late to the game in blogging about this, but I just found out about it on Friday at a conference on the Ethical Limits of Markets hosted by the Institute For The Study of Markets and Ethics at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business (about which I’ll have more to say later). Jason Brennan and Peter Jaworski are selling acknowledgements in the preface of their book Markets without Limits, which will be published by Routledge Press, most likely in late 2015 or early 2016.

The book answers the question “Are there some things which you permissibly may possess, use, and give away, but which are wrong to buy and sell?” in the negative, in contrast to the numerous books already written on the topic which take the contrary position. Brennan and Jaworski are selling three tiers of acknowledgements: Silvermint Tier, Platinum Tier, and Gold Tier (The Silvermint Tier is so named because philosophy and women’s studies professor Daniel Silvermint is paying to have the highest tier named after him.)

Wish I had thought of that! But no reason I can’t adopt it going forward. In addition, I’ve decided to sell links to and mentions of your work in my blog posts and tweets. I’m still working out the exact fee schedule, but will charge extra for highly positive mentions and even more for highly negative mentions (as controversy is always an attention getter). Finally, if those pesky law review editors won’t stop bothering you for support that you can’t find, just let me know and I’ll sell you a blog post setting out the needed statements, to which you can then cite.

We often complain that student editors demand support for obviously correct statements of common knowledge – indeed, it is sometimes the case that the proposition is so widely known and accepted that it is difficult to find discussion of the point in print. For example, you may want to reference the uncontroversial view that “professors of market regulation are considered smarter and more interesting than professors of constitutional law,” yet struggle to find something in print to that effect (in contrast to the faculty lounge and hallway conversations in which this assertion is frequently found). Problem solved! Just let me know the statements for which you need a citation and I’ll post them here for a fee. The profit possibilities on this one are nearly endless.

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