Jamie Kalven to Discuss Police Abuse, Impunity, and Exposing Police Cover-Ups as Visiting Practitioner

From February 6th to the 9th, Jamie Kalven will be a visiting Kenan Practitioner-in-Residence with the Cover-Ups project at KIE. Mr. Kalven is an investigative journalist who has done groundbreaking reporting on police abuse and corruption in Chicago, including exposing the truth about the police killing of Laquan McDonald. More recently he has written the four-part series for the Intercept, “House of Cards: How the Chicago Police Department Covered Up for a Gang of Criminal Cops” and worked with the Exoneration Project to overturn wrongful convictions of citizens associated with the cover-up. Two individuals have been released so far, which one member of the Exoneration Project remarks is the “just tip of the iceberg.”

Mr. Kaven is also the founder and executive director of the Invisible Institute, which has the mission to “whose mission is to enhance the capacity of citizens to hold public institutions accountable.” His work extends beyond issues of police abuses, and has focused on Chicago’s inner city housing projects. He has created a program of “grass roots public works” to provide alternatives for ex-offenders and gang members and has worked to establish new human rights monitoring strategies.

During his week-long visit, Mr. Kalven will engage students, faculty, and the community about his work. He will meet with a number of undergraduate and gradate groups, as well as with a faculty working group on cover-ups. He will participate both in a “Conversation in Human Rights” panel with investigative journalist for the News and Observer Mandy Locke on Tuesday, February 7th at 4:00 pm at Duke Law School, room 3037 and in a community workshop.

He will give a public talk, “Police Abuse and Accountability: The Struggle for Police Reform in Chicago,” on Wednesday February 8th, in Gross Hall 103 (West Campus), beginning at 6:30 pm.

New Spring 2017 Course: “Regulation & Emerging Technologies”

Regulation & Emerging Technologies (ETHICS 590S.02/ENVIRON 590S.01/POLSCI 690S-2.01/PUBPOL 490S.04)
Modes of Inquiry: SS, EI, STS, W
taught by KIE Senior Fellow Andrea Renda, Ph. D.
M 10:05am-12:30pm, West Duke 08C

This new special topics course introduces students to the main tools used to evaluate the impacts of new regulation, and then focuses specifically on new technologies such as fracking, precision medicine, robotics, artificial intelligence and human-machine interaction. How can we enable innovation without compromising privacy, security, civil rights, pluralism and other important public policy goals? How can we appraise the possible economic, social and environmental impacts of these new technologies, and enable constant learning, monitoring and retrospective evaluation of relevant regulation? What should be the relative weight of short- and long-term impacts? Should governments use algorithms to regulate technology, and if yes when? This course discusses these and other issues, in a highly interactive way. It is being launched by the Kenan Institute as many governments around the world discuss the ethics of algorithms and artificial intelligence, as well as the best way to regulate new medicines, fracking, drones, search engines, chatbots, etc. After a general introductory part, students will be allowed to propose topics and focus on those technologies that meet their interest in a final essay. Guest lecturers and scheduled debates, plus participation in seminars and public events will complete this comprehensive introduction to “regulating the future”.

Lamb Regulatory Fellows program seeks candidates for 2016-2017

Lamb-FellowsGeorge C. Lamb Jr. Visiting Fellows in Regulatory Governance
Application deadline: January 22, 2016

The Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University, in collaboration with Duke’s Trinity College of Arts and Sciences and the Fuqua School of Business, invites outstanding scholars of regulatory governance to apply for a residential George C. Lamb, Jr. Fellowship for the 2016-17 academic year (nine or twelve month appointment). The Fellow will work with the Rethinking Regulation Program at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, a multi-disciplinary community comprised of faculty members and graduate/professional students from many academic departments and professional schools at Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill, and North Carolina State University. The group’s members study and assess the design and performance of regulatory systems, and “regulation in action” – the evolving politics, operations, and culture of regulatory institutions, their interactions with regulated businesses and other interest groups, and normative frameworks for the evaluation of regulatory policy.

In addition to pursuing their own research, Lamb Fellows are expected to participate in Rethinking Regulation seminars and workshops, Kenan Institute for Ethics workshops, and help shape a significant collaborative research project along with other members of the Rethinking regulation community. As part of that collaboration, the Fellow will teach a course in the Kenan Institute for Ethics and either Duke University’s Trinity College of Arts and Sciences or Duke’s Fuqua School of Business. Fellows can come from any relevant academic discipline, including political science, public policy/administration, history, economics, sociology, cognitive psychology, anthropology, business management, law, environmental studies, risk analysis, and engineering.

Thematic Preferences for 2016-17
We especially welcome proposals from scholars with expertise or a strong emerging interest in one of the following areas:

  • Adaptive regulation: How should regulations be designed to keep up with new information and rapid change, such as in science, technology, economic or social conditions? This topic also includes how regulatory authorities learn from prior policies, such as through retrospective review, and use that information in evaluating new policies or in revising existing policies.
  • Conflict/Cooperation Among Regulatory Agencies: Agencies often have overlapping regulatory jurisdictions or missions, gaps between their authorities, and related problems induced by institutional fragmentation. We are interested in both descriptive and prescriptive research on how conflict and cooperation among regulatory agencies should be managed.
  • Private Regulation and Third-Party Auditing: Third-party auditing is a concept that is spreading to many forms of public and private regulation. To what extent have lessons from third-party auditing and rating services in finance been applied to these newer applications and what should the role for third-party auditing and certification be in private regulatory regimes?
  • New Directions for Competition Policy: What are the appropriate approaches to regulating monopoly, oligopoly, and competition? How are different countries addressing these questions?

Fellowship Terms
We will consider applications for the full academic year (nine or twelve month appointment). All applicants should: possess a doctorate, J.D., or equivalent professional degree; be at least two years beyond their graduate training; and be based outside the Research Triangle area of North Carolina. All scholarly ranks are eligible. Residence in Durham is expected during the tenure of the fellowship. Lamb Fellows will receive office space at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, full Duke Library privileges, a modest research account, and eligibility for Duke Employee health benefits. Primary financial support will be disbursed monthly for the duration of the appointment term, and will vary according to individual circumstances. We anticipate offering awards equal to one-half of yearly salaries, up to an annually set maximum amount, which may be less than half-salary for professors at the higher end of the compensation spectrum.

Application Process
Applicants should submit all of the following to Amber Díaz Pearson (amber.diaz@duke.edu) by January 22, 2016:

  • A letter of application that describes the candidate’s research areas and experience, ongoing projects, interest in collaborative research and teaching, and rationale for desiring a sustained period of engagement with Rethinking Regulation
  • A 2-3 page research proposal that details the individual work to be pursued during the term of the fellowship
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Two to four references – these should be individuals who can speak to the candidate’s research expertise, experience in multi-disciplinary contexts, and capacity for/interest in collaborative academic work.

Selection Criteria
The Selection Committee, made up of scholars active in the Rethinking Regulation program, will assess applications on the basis of:

  • The quality of their research and other achievements
  • The promise of their current research, especially in bridging disciplinary divides and informing ongoing regulatory policy debates
  • Their capacity for/interest in collaborative research, teaching, and writing
  • The fit between their expertise and the research priorities identified by Rethinking Regulation.

An affirmative action and equal-opportunity employer, Duke University is committed to increasing the cultural and intellectual diversity of its academic community. Applications from women and under-represented minorities are strongly encouraged.

2015 Rethinking Regulation Graduate Research Award recipients announced

Rethinking Regulation at the Kenan Institute for Ethics is pleased to announce four winners in its Graduate Research Awards program.  The 2015 awardees are:

Will Goldsmith, who is pursuing a PhD in History, will explore the ways that North Carolina policymakers have used education as a key component of economic development strategy since 1965 and the impacts of these policies on its northeastern black belt. Political actors in North Carolina—spurred by liberal policy advisors at nonprofits like the Southern Growth Policies Board and MDC, Inc. and enabled by federal civil rights and antipoverty intervention—constructed a new people-based paradigm for economic development that had education as its linchpin. Part of his research examines the evolution of the testing-based accountability system in North Carolina and the consequences of this regulatory policy for schools in the rural black belt, one of the poorest parts of the state. He will use the funds to conduct archival research at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library in Atlanta.

Farah Hegazi, who is pursuing a PhD in Environmental Policy, will examine gaps in the United States Department of Agriculture’s regulations that have led to deficiencies in sanitation infrastructure in Lowndes County, Alabama. The main question that the study seeks to answer is: Is USDA regulation the primary cause of sanitation infrastructure deficiency in Lowndes County? If so, where and why has regulation failed to provide what it was designed to do? She will use the funds to conduct fieldwork in Alabama, interviewing local USDA staff and Lowndes County residents.

Ruxandra Popovici, who is pursuing a PhD in Environmental Policy, will study the decentralization of environmental policies, specifically the Payments for Hydrological Services (PHS) in Mexico. She is particularly interested in how the federal government’s goals for PHS are sustained, adapted, or rejected locally, and how this shapes the decentralization process (i.e. what is being decentralized, what are the various conflicts of interests that impede decentralization, and conversely when is decentralization feasible). She will use the funds to support fieldwork in Mexico.

Daniel Ribeiro, a SJD student in the Law School, will pursue retrospective review of regulations. His project aims to compare the EIA and RIA systems (including guidelines, practice, and oversight institutions). His goal is to propose a viable framework for the integrated impact assessment system, combining the advantages and experiences of RIA and EIA, while improving their potential, and overcoming their limitations. He will use the funds to conduct interviews with regulators responsible for preparing and overseeing regulatory impact assessments in the UK and at the European Commission.