Faculty Podcast

Eric Posner, "Obama and the Imperial Presidency"

Commentators criticized the Bush administration for expanding presidential powers, but the Obama administration has not tried to curtail them, nor has Congress or the courts.  In this talk, Professor Posner will trace the evolution of the imperial presidency, and explain why the powerful executive has become entrenched in the U.S. system of government.


54:51 minutes (50.23 MB)

Mary Anne Case, "'You're Telling Me It's Wrong to Do to the Prisoners What the Army Does to Its Own Soldiers?'"

Among the disturbing reports from a variety of venues at which the U.S. military has conducted interrogations of Islamic male detainees are those detailing exploitation of sexual and gender stereotypes and taboos as a central part of efforts to humiliate and degrade detainees.


57:48 minutes (52.93 MB)

Bernard Harcourt, "The Illusion of Free Markets: Laissez faire and Mass Incarceration"

It is widely believed today that the free market is the best mechanism ever invented to efficiently allocate resources in society. Just as fundamental is the belief that government has a legitimate and competent role in policing and punishing. The result, in this country, has been an incendiary combination of laissez faire and mass incarceration.


60:34 minutes (55.46 MB)

Creating Capabilities: Directions for Law and Policy

This panel was recorded April 24, 2010 as part of the conference "Creating Capabilities," held at the University of Chicago Law School and organized by James Heckman, Martha Nussbaum and Robert Pollak.


116:16 minutes (106.46 MB)

Anup Malani and Jonathan Masur, "The True Cost of Patents"

Patents encourage innovation by granting inventors exclusive rights to sell their inventions. The resulting monopoly profits are a reward for innovation. It is commonly thought, however, that these monopoly profits price some consumers of inventions out of the market. This loss of consumption is an “efficiency” cost of patents.


61:36 minutes (56.39 MB)

Panel on "Family Law Reform: Global Dimensions"

This panel was part of the conference Democracy and Gender Equality in the Muslim World, organized by Martha Nussbaum and Madhavi Sunder on May 8, 2009. Speakers included:


107:19 minutes (98.25 MB)

Alicia Davis, "Is There a Corporate Governance Clientele Effect?"

Institutional investors, because of their relatively larger ownership stakes, have more incentive than retail investors to monitor the companies in which they invest, particularly if it is costly to exit.


51:27 minutes (47.11 MB)

Michael Schill, "The Mortgage Meltdown and Its Aftermath"

The spectacular rise and fall of the housing market over the past decade has shaken the foundations of virtually every aspect of our economy.


63:30 minutes (58.14 MB)
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