Mar 222018

 Manuscript Workshop: Measuring Social Welfare by Matt Adler

Friday, March 23
Ahmadieh Family Conference Room, KIE 101 West Duke Building (on East Campus) 
8:50 am – 5:30 pm

Matt Adler is Richard A. Horvitz Professor at Duke Law School.  He has written widely about the theory and application of  the social welfare function (SWF), a powerful tool for assessing governmental policy.  Measuring Social Welfare, under contract with Oxford University Press, is intended to serve as an accessible introduction to the SWF approach.  The workshop will discuss the book manuscript. Anyone interested in attending can contact Meredith Edelman for a copy of the manuscript and a parking pass.

 March 22, 2018
Mar 212018

Thursday, March 29

12 noon – 1:30 pm

Ahmadieh Family Conference Room,

KIE 101 West Duke Building (East Campus)

Lunch served; please RSVP to Hayden Hashimoto by 1:00 pm on Tuesday, March 27.

How should policymakers account for the possibility of extreme-upside events, such as might result from successfully colonizing other planets, ending malnutrition, eradicating malaria, developing autonomous vehicles, or implementing other transformational new technologies? Although there is an increasingly robust literature on catastrophic risk, which is designed to help policymakers in managing extreme-downside risks, there is no corollary literature examining the appropriate management of transformatively-good events. This talk will consider possible explanations for the general neglect of extreme-upside scenarios in policy analysis, consider the extent that existing research on extreme-downside events might be transferred to extreme-upside events, and flag reasons that “best-case scenarios” might sometimes justify distinctive policy treatment.

Arden Rowell is a Professor of Law at the University of Illinois College of Law and Visiting Professor of Law at Duke Law. Before joining the Illinois faculty in 2010, Professor Rowell was a Bigelow Fellow and Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School, from which she also received her J.D.

 March 21, 2018
Feb 272018
Can Regulation Learn from Disaster?
Lessons from Oil Spills, Nuclear Accidents, and Financial Crises 


Friday, March 16 
8:30 am – 10:00 am 
Duke in DC
1201 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Suite 500
Washington, DC 20004

Breakfast served; please RSVP here.

How can regulatory policies learn to improve after a disaster?  The Rethinking Regulation Program at the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University invites you to attend a discussion on crisis events and how they can reshape regulation.  The event will be held at the Duke in DC office on Friday March 16, 2018 from 8:30 am – 10:00 am.
The session will highlight the insights from a new book on this topic, edited by Duke faculty Edward Balleisen, Lori Bennear, Kimberly Krawiec, and Jonathan Wiener, Policy Shock: Recalibrating Risk and Regulation After Oil Spills, Nuclear Accidents, and Financial Crises (Cambridge University Press 2017), which looks at responses to these events in the U.S., Europe, and Japan, and assesses how laws, regulations, and institutions responded – and how they could learn to do better.
After introductory remarks, the panelists – including former high-level officials who served in government during major crises – will discuss how regulation can best prepare to learn from crises.
Sarah Bloom Raskin, Rubenstein Fellow, Duke University; former Deputy Secretary of the Treasury, former Governor of the Federal Reserve
Joseph E. Aldy, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Faculty Chair, Regulatory Policy Program, Harvard Kennedy School; former Special Assistant to the President for Energy and Environment
Christopher Hart, former Chair, National Transportation Safety Board
Edward J. Balleisen, Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies and Professor of History, Duke University
Lori S. Bennear, Juli Plant Grainger Associate Professor of Energy Economics and Policy at the Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University; Associate Director for Educational Programs, Duke University Energy Initiative; Co-Director, Rethinking Regulation
Jonathan B. Wiener, Perkins Professor of Law, Environmental Policy and Public Policy, Duke University; Co-Director, Rethinking Regulation; former senior staff economist, President’s Council of Economic Advisers
 February 27, 2018
Feb 132018

Celebrate the start of the new school year with the Kenan Institute for Ethics! Enjoy great food and reconnect with friends and colleagues after a summer away from campus!

Thursday, August 30th, 5:30 PM

West Duke Building Lawn, East Campus

Students, faculty, staff and their families are welcome!

 February 13, 2018
Feb 132018
Thursday, February 22  
12:00 noon – 1:30 pm 
Ahmadieh Family Conference Room, 
KIE 101 West Duke Building (on East Campus) 
Lunch served; please RSVP to Hayden Hashimoto by 1:00 pm on Tuesday, February 20. 
Speculation about the participation of Russian athletes accused of doping and cross-border political tensions have overshadowed the lead-up to the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. With regard to doping in particular, a Court of Arbitration in Sport (CAS) decision overturned 28 lifetime bans a week before the start of the Olympic Games, prompting appeals by some athletes to compete and questions about the rights of so-called “clean” athletes. 

This presentation considers the latest developments in the Russian doping saga alongside other recent events that point to wider tensions between assertions of athletes’ rights and governing sports bodies’ attempts to ensure fair play in competition. In doing so, it contextualizes the regulatory landscape and explains how current rules emerged in a way that disproportionately shifts the risks and repercussions of noncompliance onto athletes. Accordingly, there are limited formal measures designed to hold organizations accountable for enabling corrupt or unethical conduct. Following a discussion of contemporary examples, the conclusion offers a reflection on how the current regulatory regime in international sport renders some issues of fair play visible-in fact, arguably hypervisible-while veiling others. Recent challenges, many of them put forth in the name of athletes’ rights, aid in illuminating some of these concerns.
Dr. Kathryn (Kate) Henne is an interdisciplinary socio-legal researcher. She is the Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Biogovernance, Law and Society at the University of Waterloo, Canada, where she is currently Assistant Professor of Sociology and Legal Studies and directs the Law and Society Emerging Research (LaSER) Laboratory. She is also Associate Professor of Regulation and Governance and Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award Fellow at the Australian National University.
 February 13, 2018
Jan 262018

Thursday, February 8

12:00 noon – 1:30 pm

Ahmadieh Family Conference Room, KIE 101 West Duke Building (East Campus)

Lunch served; to RSVP and to request parking, please email Hayden Hashimoto by 3:00 pm on Monday, February 5.

Meredith Edelman, who is currently a Lamb Postdoctoral Fellow with the Rethinking Regulation program at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, will be presenting on “Judging the Church: Legal Systems and Accountability for Clerical Sexual Abuse of Children” on Thursday, February 8 from 12 noon – 1:30 pm. Meredith’s research focuses on legal systems’ approaches to disputes arising out of child sexual abuse by Catholic clergy and compares the underlying theories, relevant doctrinal and procedural law, and practical realities of cases in canon law, tort law, bankruptcy law, and an Australian Royal Commission. The presentation will summarize conclusions and findings from her research.

In addition to being a Lamb Postdoctoral Fellow with the Rethinking Regulation Program at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, Meredith is a PhD candidate with RegNet, the School of Regulation and Global Governance at the Australian National University. Before beginning her studies, Meredith was a corporate restructuring lawyer in Los Angeles, California.
 January 26, 2018
Jan 232018
Monday, January 29
4:30pm-6:00pm (reception following)
Ahmadieh Family Conference Room, KIE 101 West Duke Building (on East Campus) 
Refreshments provided at reception following the workshop; please RSVP to Hayden Hashimoto by 3:00 pm on Friday, January 26.

Dr. Atsuo Kishimoto of Osaka University will be visiting Duke University on Monday, January 29 from 4:30pm-6:00pm to speak about “The Gap Between Science and Policy in Setting Environmental Standards in Japan: Challenges and Progress.” Dr. Kishimoto’s work focuses on environmental policy and he has assisted the Japanese government in developing a regulatory impact assessment system. The seminar will be followed by a reception.
Dr. Atsuo Kishimoto is a professor of the Institute of Datability Science at the Osaka University. He obtained his Ph.D. in economics from Kyoto University, and then worked for the National Institute for Advanced Science and Technology (AIST) for 15 years. His research covers risk assessment and socio-economic analysis of multiple areas. He is also a member of several advisory bodies to the Government of Japan, such as Radiation Council and Policy Evaluation Council.
 January 23, 2018
Jan 222018

Thursday, January 25 

12:00 noon – 1:30 pm 

Ahmadieh Family Conference Room, KIE 101 West Duke Building (on East Campus) 

Lunch served; to RSVP and to request parking, please email Hayden Hashimoto by 3:00 pm on Tuesday, January 23. 

Please join the Rethinking Regulation Program at KIE for a lunch seminar on Thursday, January 25 from 12:00pm-1:30pm with  Dr. Lori Bennear. Dr. Bennear will be speaking on her paper co-authored with Jonathan Wiener on “Instrument Choice for Adaptive Regulation.”

Regulation is often viewed as a one-time decision attempting to balance benefits, costs, and risks. But under uncertainty about future changes in science, technology, and society, such one-time decisions could be suboptimal.  An approach involving “adaptive regulation” which includes ongoing monitoring and a series of multiple sequential decisions could incorporate learning over time and improve outcomes.  This paper addresses several different ways that adaptive regulation might be pursued, to develop a typology and assessment of regulatory instrument choice for adaptive regulation.

Dr. Bennear is Co-Director of the Rethinking Regulation Program at the Kenan Institute for Ethics and Associate Director for Educational Programs at the Duke University Energy Initiative. She is also the Juli Plant Grainger Associate Professor of Energy Economics and Policy at the Nicholas School of the Environment.


 January 22, 2018
Nov 142017
Please join us for the next meeting of the
For a discussion on the theme of
“Corporations and Empire”
Andrew Fitzmaurice (History, University of Sydney)
“The expansion of international franchise in the late nineteenth century”
Steven Press (History, Stanford University)
“Sovereignty and Diamonds in Southern Africa, 1908-1920″
Friday, November 17, 11:30am to 1:30pm
Duke University School of Law
Room 4000
Lunch Served
Please RSVP here to register for the event and receive the pre-circulated papers
Please note as well the final event this semester of the Sawyer Seminar:
Friday, December 1, 11:30am, David Armitage (Harvard), “John Locke, Incorporated”
The Sawyer Seminar on Corporations and International Law is supported by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and co-hosted by the Franklin Humanities Institute, School of Law, the Center for International and Comparative Law, and the Department of History. For more information, please contact Charles Bartlett
 November 14, 2017
Nov 012017

Friday, May 4

8:45 am – 4:30 pm

Duke Law School Room 3000

Space is limited, please register here.

Remarks on the Law and Technology of using AI in the administrative state. Panels on the use of AI in IP-Related Search and Classification; AI, Automated Vehicles, and Transportation Policy; AI and Biomedical Resource Creation, Biopharmaceuticals, Digital Health.

Sponsored by The Center for Innovation Policy at Duke Law, the Duke Center on Law & Technology, Duke Science & Society, and the Rethinking Regulation Program at the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University.

Find more information about the event and a preliminary agenda here.

 November 1, 2017