Evolution, Complexity and the Law - Agenda

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An SFI workshop sponsored by the Kauffman Foundation

Thursday, March 19


8:45-9:00 Introduction to SFI, Geoffrey West, (President and Distinguished Professor, Santa Fe Institute)

9:00-9:15 Introduction Jenna Bednar (University of Michigan), David Krakauer (Santa Fe Institute), and Jessica Flack (Santa Fe Institute)

9:15-9:30 Welcome from Kauffman Foundation representatives

History and Complexity of Legal Systems

9:30-10:00 Henry Wright (Santa Fe Institute/University of Michigan), TBA

10:15-10:45 Dan Klerman (University of Southern California), Jurisdictional Competition and the Evolution of the Common Law

10:45-11:00 Coffee Break

11:00-11:30 Daria Roithmayr (University of Southern California), Why Racial Inequality Persists: A Lock-In Model

11:30 - 12:00 Session Wrap-up & Discussion

12:00-1:00 Lunch

Self Organizing Laws & Legal Evolution

1:00-1:30 Jenna Bednar (University of Michigan), The Interdependence of Rules: Institutional Path Dependence

1:30-2:00 Richard McAdams (University of Chicago), The Focal Point Theory of Law and the Co-Evolution of Law and Custom

2:00-2:30 Break

2:30-3:00 Daniel Katz (University of Michigan), The Emergence of Scaling, the Development of Community Structure and its Implications for the "Evolution" of the Common Law

3:00-4:00 Session Wrap-up & Discussion

Cognitive and Biological Models

4:00-4:30 Michael Gazzaniga (University of California-Santa Barbara), The MacArthur Foundation Program in Neuroscience and the Law

4:30-5:00 David Krakauer (Santa Fe Institute), TBA

5:00-6:00 Session Wrap-up & Discussion

7:00 Dinner at The Coyote Café, 132 W. Water Street (505) 983-1615

Friday, March 20

Regulation and Robustness

9:00-9:30am Jessica Flack (Santa Fe Institute), Robustness Mechanisms and Conflict Management in Biological Systems

9:30-10:00 Eric Talley (University of California-Berkeley/Harvard University), On the Equilibrium of Law and Preferences

10:00-10:30 Break

10:30-11:00 Ronald Gilson (Stanford University), TBA

11:00-11:30 Marc Berejka (Microsoft), Adaptive Regulation

11:30-12:00 Session Wrap-up & Discussion

12:00-1:00 Lunch

Alternatives to Legal Order

1:00-1:30pm John Clippinger (Harvard Law School), Interdisciplinary Concepts for Legal Systems

1:30-2:00 Gillian Hadfield (University of Southern California), Can Simpler Law be Stable?

2:00-2:30 Coffee Break

2:30-3:00 Donald Wittman (University of California), Behavior When a Legal System is Either Absent or Costly: A Brief Introduction

3:00-3:30 Session Wrap-up & Discussion

3:30-4:30 Dan Rockmore (Santa Fe Institute/Dartmouth College) and Kauffman representatives to offer wrap up on meeting

7:00 Dinner at Luminaria, 211 Old Santa Fe Trail (505) 984-7915