Taking Money for Granted

Pedagogical Issues in Law and Economics

Oct 8, 2013


This seminar will explore the current state of legal orthodoxy surrounding the social technology known as “money,” and the impact of prevailing beliefs about its functioning on legal education and the law school experience more generally. Questions to be addressed include:

How do lawyers think about what money is, and how it functions?

What is the current state of legal scholarship around money, its historical origins, and its role in public policy debate?

How are legal ideas about money incorporated, if at all, into the law school experience, and how does that impact future generations of legal thinkers?

What alternative methodologies for teaching about money exist, and how could they be incorporated into the law school curriculum?


Roy Kreitner
Professor of Law
Tel Aviv University
Fadhel Kaboub
Associate Professor of Economics
Denison University
Robert Hockett
Edward Cornell Professor of Law
Cornell Law School
Robert J. Jackson, Jr.
Associate Professor of Law & Milton Handler Fellow
Columbia Law School

Core Resources

The Legal History Of Money

Kreitner, Roy. “The Legal History of Money.” Annual Review of Law and Social Science. 8 (2012).

Denison Volunteer Dollars: The Currency Of Civic Engagement

Kaboub, Fadhel Denison Volunteer Dollars: The Currency of Civic Engagement., 2012.

Human Persons, Human Rights, And The Distributive Structure Of Global Justice

Hockett, R.. “Human Persons, Human Rights, and the Distributive Structure of Global Justice.” Columbia Human Rights Law Review . 40 (2009).


The Jurisprudence Of Global Money

Kreitner, Roy. “The Jurisprudence of Global Money.” Theoretical Inquiries in Law. 11 (2010).