Food, India, Walmart & Capitalism

April 21, 2014 | 12:10 pm - 1:30 pm

This event will be rescheduled – DATE TBD.

Saxbe Auditorium, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
55 West 12th Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210

The panel will feature a discussion about what is at stake when developing countries regulate their food markets around the imperatives of large, corporate supermarket chains. Panelists include Moritz College of Law Professors Steven Davidoff and Amy Cohen, and Political Economist Jason Jackson. This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Interdisciplinary Law and Policy Studies (CILPS).

Steven M. Davidoff is Professor of Law and Finance at the Moritz College of Law, and Co-Executive Director of the Law and Capital Markets @ Ohio State program. In addition to teaching at the Moritz College of Law, Professor Steven M. Davidoff also holds a courtesy appointment in the Fisher College of Business Department of Finance. Professor Davidoff’s research focuses in on financial regulation, hedge funds and private equity, mergers and acquisitions, deals and deal theory, and jurisdictional competition. He has a particular interest in international issues and interdisciplinary research in law and finance.

Professor Davidoff writes a weekly column for The New York Times as The Deal Professor, and also writes regularly for The New York Times DealBook and in trade journals, such as The Deal; lectures; testifies before the United States Senate; and is frequently quoted in the national media on issues related to capital markets and mergers and acquisitions. He has been named to a list of the 100 most influential governance professionals and institutions in the country by the National Association of Corporate Directors.

Professor Davidoff’s book Gods at War: Shotgun Takeovers, Government by Deal and the Private Equity Implosion, an exploration of modern-day deals and deal-making, was released on Oct. 5, 2009. His prior scholarship can be accessed on SSRN.

Prior to entering academia, Professor Davidoff practiced as an attorney for about 10 years with Shearman & Sterling in its New York and London offices and with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in its London office.

Professor Davidoff graduated from the Columbia University School of Law, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, cum laude. He has a master’s degree in finance from the London Business School.

Amy J. Cohen is Professor of Law The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. A creative and cross-disciplinary scholar, Professor Amy J. Cohen studies informal and formal dispute resolution, competing ideologies of law and international development, and the political economy of food. At Ohio State, she also is affiliated faculty at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies and the Food Innovation Center. During the 2013-14 academic year, Cohen will be on leave as fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard University.

A graduate of Harvard Law School, Cohen has been a visiting professor at the University of Turin, Italy, Faculty of Law, and a Fulbright-Nehru visiting professor at the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences in Kolkata, India. Before joining the Moritz faculty, she taught at the Kathmandu School of Law in Nepal as a Fulbright scholar, clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Denver, Colorado, and worked on community development initiatives in Ghana, Nepal, and Thailand.

Her articles have appeared in interdisciplinary journals, such as Law and Social Inquiry, Law, Culture, and the Humanities, and Political and Legal Anthropology Review (forthcoming), as well as in a number of law reviews, such as Fordham Law Review, Wisconsin Law Review, and Harvard Negotiation Law Review. At Moritz, she teaches Property, International Dispute Resolution, Law and Development, and Mediation.

Jason Jackson is a Visiting Lecturer and Senior Fellow in the Management Department of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Wharton’s Lauder Institute. His main areas of research interest are in the social and political dimensions of international business, market and non-market strategy, political and economic sociology, and comparative and international political economy. His research focuses on the historical origins and evolution of the institutional arrangements that shape relations between business and the state. It assesses the implications of business-government relations for economic policy, firm strategy and market competition. At Wharton, Jackson teaches Comparative Management: the International Dimensions of Business.

Jackson’s dissertation: The Political Economy of Foreign Investment: Constructing Cultural Categories of Capitalist Legitimacy in India, analyzes the formal and informal institutions that shaped foreign investment policy and firm strategy in the Indian economy from the late 19th century through the current period of economic liberalization. It identifies non-material sources of economic interests and policy preferences in cognitive and cultural schemas: rationalized belief systems that embody causal economic ideas imbued with historically salient social meaning. The dissertation shows how these schemas are created and deployed by strategic political and economic actors seeking to shape their institutional environment. Jason’s subsequent research in this area places FDI institutions and the relative performance of domestic and multinational firms in India in comparative perspective with China and Brazil.

Jackson received his Ph.D. in Political Economy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), an AB in Economics from Princeton University, an MSc in Development Economics from the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School.