View All A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P R S T V W Y Z

David A. Weisbach : Courses and Seminars

Greenberg Seminar: Plutocracy
LAWS 95902
Plutocracy means “rule by the wealthy.” It is firmly rejected by modern democratic principles, yet over the last decade influential commentators have argued that plutocracy has reappeared around the world, including in the United States and Europe. We will discuss whether plutocracy really exists, and if it does, why, and what can be done about. Our tentative reading list includes Jeffrey Winters, Oligarchy; Scott Radnitz, Weapons of the Wealthy: Predatory Regimes and Elite-Led Protests in Central Asia; Chrystia Freeland, Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else; David Rothkopf, Superclass: The Global Power Elite and the World They Are Making; and Robert Frank, Richistan: A Journey Through the American Wealth Boom and the Lives of the New Rich. Graded Pass/Fail.
Autumn 2015
Eric Posner, David A. Weisbach
The Law and Policy of Climate Change
LAWS 46013
This seminar will explore scientific, legal, and policy issues relating to climate change. Among other topics, we will explore what types of policy instruments should be used to address climate change, ethical and fairness concerns raised by climate change and by the costs of preventing climate change, how we should think about our obligations to people who live in the future, how the costs of climate change should be incorporated into regulations, the Clean Air Act regulations on climate change, state and local actions, and the negotiations of international treaties (including looking at the positions of countries in the upcoming negotiations in Paris in December 2015). 80% of the grade will be based on reaction papers and (2) 20% on class participation (2 credits). Students have the option of writing a longer paper for either WP or SRP credit instead of writing reaction papers (3 credits).
Autumn 2015
David A. Weisbach
Greenberg Seminar: Plutocracy
LAWS 95902
Plutocracy means “rule by the wealthy.” It is firmly rejected by modern democratic principles, yet over the last decade influential commentators have argued that plutocracy has reappeared around the world, including in the United States and Europe. We will discuss whether plutocracy really exists, and if it does, why, and what can be done about. Our tentative reading list includes Jeffrey Winters, Oligarchy; Scott Radnitz, Weapons of the Wealthy: Predatory Regimes and Elite-Led Protests in Central Asia; Chrystia Freeland, Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else; David Rothkopf, Superclass: The Global Power Elite and the World They Are Making; and Robert Frank, Richistan: A Journey Through the American Wealth Boom and the Lives of the New Rich. Graded Pass/Fail.
Winter 2016
Eric Posner, David A. Weisbach
Taxation of Corporations I
LAWS 75801
This course examines income tax aspects of the formations, distributions, and liquidations of corporations. The focus is on transactional and planning aspects of the corporate tax. Prerequisite: Introductory Income Tax required except with permission of the instruction. The student's grade is based on class participation and a final examination.
Winter 2016
David A. Weisbach
Greenberg Seminar: Plutocracy
LAWS 95902
Plutocracy means “rule by the wealthy.” It is firmly rejected by modern democratic principles, yet over the last decade influential commentators have argued that plutocracy has reappeared around the world, including in the United States and Europe. We will discuss whether plutocracy really exists, and if it does, why, and what can be done about. Our tentative reading list includes Jeffrey Winters, Oligarchy; Scott Radnitz, Weapons of the Wealthy: Predatory Regimes and Elite-Led Protests in Central Asia; Chrystia Freeland, Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else; David Rothkopf, Superclass: The Global Power Elite and the World They Are Making; and Robert Frank, Richistan: A Journey Through the American Wealth Boom and the Lives of the New Rich. Graded Pass/Fail.
Spring 2016
Eric Posner, David A. Weisbach
Taxation of Corporations II
LAWS 75901
This course surveys the taxation of reorganizations and other adjustments involving continuing businesses: mergers, asset and stock acquisitions and other similar shifts of ownership and control; recapitalizations; and divisions. Points of focus are the recognition of gain and loss and the survival and allocation of tax attributes (basis, earnings, and loss carryovers) in these transactions. Prerequisites: Taxation of Corporations I. Students' grades based on a final proctored examination or a full-length paper.
Spring 2016
David A. Weisbach