Law and Governance Series

The Penn Program Regulation co-sponsors the Law and Governance discussion series, focusing on exciting new research in the field of public law. The series, which is held over the “audio drop-in” Clubhouse app, is organized and hosted by Neysun Mahboubi, Research Scholar at Penn’s Center for the Study of Contemporary China, Lecturer in Law at Penn Law, and PPR Research Affiliate.


Academics, practitioners, and students are all welcome to join any of the discussions, and can easily do so by setting up a Clubhouse account and downloading the app onto an iPhone or Android device.


The schedule for the 2021-2022 academic year is below. Recordings are available for the sessions starting in November 2021. The schedule for Spring 2022 will be updated as additional details become available.


In addition to discussions of new scholarship, the Law and Governance series also features periodic conversations around hot topics in law that are hosted on Twitter Spaces. Follow Law and Governance on Twitter to get information about upcoming conversations and to access recordings of past sessions. Recordings from the audio conversations on Twitter Spaces also are posted to the bottom of this webpage.

October 20, 2021: Susan Rose-Ackerman (Yale Law) on Democracy and Executive Power


Discussants: Giacinto della Cananea (Bocconi), Liz Fisher (Oxford), Michaela Hailbronner (Giessen), Thomas Perroud (Panthéon-Assas), Peter Shane (Ohio State Moritz Law), Jonathan Wiener (Duke Law), and Neysun Mahboubi (Penn)

November 4, 2021: John A. Dearborn (Vanderbilt) on Power Shifts: Congress and Presidential Representation


Discussants: David Noll (Rutgers Law), Molly Reynolds (Brookings), Calvin TerBeek (Chicago), and Neysun Mahboubi (Penn)

November 17, 2021: Brian D. Feinstein (Wharton School) and Abby Wood (USC Gould) on “Divided Agencies”


Discussants: David Noll (Rutgers Law), Daniel Walters (Penn State Law), and Neysun Mahboubi (Penn)

Listen to the recording here

December 8, 2021Jesse Cross (University of South Carolina Law) and Abbe Gluck (Yale Law) on “The Congressional Bureaucracy”


Discussants: Bridget Dooling (GWU), Daniel Hemel (University of Chicago Law), Richard Murphy (Texas Tech Law), Christopher Walker (Ohio State Moritz Law), and Neysun Mahboubi (Penn)

Listen to the recording here

January 12, 2022: Astrid Hedin (Malmö) on “Communist State Administration”


Discussants: Robert Ahdieh (Texas A&M Law), Ling Li (University of Vienna), Angela Ferrari Zumbini (Napoli Federico II), and Neysun Mahboubi (Penn)


Listen to the recording here

January 19, 2022: Ilan Wurman (Arizona State University) on The Second Founding: An Introduction to the 14th Amendment


Discussants: Mark Graber (Maryland Carey Law), Rebecca Zietlow (Toledo Law), Julian Davis Mortenson (Michigan Law), Reginald Oh (Cleveland-Marshall Law), and Neysun Mahboubi (Penn)


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February 2, 2022 at 8:30 p.m. ET: Matthew Lawrence (Emory Law) on “Subordination and Separation of Powers”


Discussants: Bijal Shah (ASU), Bridget Dooling (GWU), Zachary Price (Hastings Law), and Neysun Mahboubi (Penn)

February 16, 2022 at 8:30 p.m. ET: Gregory Elinson (Harvard Law) and Jonathan Gould (Berkeley Law) on “The Politics of Deference”


Discussants: Michael Herz (Cardozo Law), Kristin Hickman (Minnesota Law), Sharon Jacobs (Colorado), and Neysun Mahboubi (Penn)

February 23, 2022 at 8:30 p.m. ET: Blake Emerson (UCLA Law) on “The Departmental Structure of Executive Power”


Discussants: Bridget Dooling (GWU), Julian Davis Mortenson (Michigan Law), Gillian Metzger (Columbia), and Neysun Mahboubi (Penn)

March 9, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. ETMaciej Bernatt (University of Warsaw) on Populism and Antitrust: Illiberal Influence of Populist Government on the Competition Law System


Discussants: Herbert Hovenkamp (Penn), Alison Jones (Kings College London) Mariana Mota Prado (Toronto), and Neysun Mahboubi (Penn).

March 16, 2022 at 8:30 p.m. ET: Kristin Hickman (University of Minnesota Law) on “Nondelegation as Constitutional Symbolism”


Discussants: Sharon Jacobs (Colorado), Christopher Walker (Ohio State Moritz Law), and Neysun Mahboubi (Penn)

April 6, 2022 at 8:30 p.m. ET: Gillian Metzger (Columbia Law) on “Taking Appropriations Seriously”


Discussants: Bridget Dooling (GWU), Molly Reynolds (Brookings), Christopher Walker (Ohio State Moritz Law), and Neysun Mahboubi (Penn)

April 13, 2022 at 8:30 p.m. ETAlan Rozenshtein (Minnesota Law) on “The Virtuous Executive”


Discussants: Brian Feinstein (Wharton), Jennifer Mascott (George Mason), and Neysun Mahboubi (Penn)

April 27, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. ET: Michael Asimow (Santa Clara Law), presenting a draft article on prosecutorial discretion in combined-function agencies 


Discussants: Herwig Hofmann (Luxembourg), TBD

May 4, 2022 at 8:30 p.m. ET: Cristie Ford (University of British Columbia Law) on “A Practical Guide to Designing and Running a Legal Sandbox”


Discussants: Daniel Rodriguez (Northwestern), David Zaring (Wharton School), TBD

May 25, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. ET: Ron Levin (WUSTL) on The Evolving APA and the Originalist Challenge 


Discussants: Emily Bremer (Notre Dame), Kathryn Kovacs (Rutgers), and Neysun Mahboubi (Penn)

Law and Governance “Hot Topic” Conversations


December 15, 2021: Dobbs, SB8, and the Future of Roe v. Wade

Featuring Liz Sepper (Texas Law), Mary Ziegler (FSU Law), Jon Michaels (UCLA Law), and Mark Tushnet (Harvard Law). Moderated by Neysun Mahboubi (Penn).

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January 5, 2022West Virginia v. EPA and the Future of Climate Policy

Featuring Shelley Welton (South Carolina), Nicholas Bagley (Michigan), Jonathan Adler (Case Western), and Karen Sokol (Loyola New Orleans). Moderated by Neysun Mahboubi (Penn).

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January 26, 2022The Fate and Future of Federal Anti-COVID Mandates

Featuring Jonathan Adler (Case Western), Peter Shane (Ohio State Moritz Law), Rena Steinzor (Maryland), and Lindsay Wiley (UCLA). Moderated by Neysun Mahboubi (Penn).

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February 9, 2022 at 12:30 p.m. ETThe Future of the European Legal Order

Featuring Fernanda Nicola (American WCL), Laurent Pech (Middlesex), Bojan Bugarič (Sheffield), Petra Bard (Central European University), and Adam Bodnar (former Polish Ombudsman for Citizen Rights). Moderated by Neysun Mahboubi (Penn).

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