Section Description Provided by Instructor
This seminar explores the intersections of race and gender with corporate law, governance, and theory. The confluence of these fields, to date, has garnered little attention. Traditionally, the disciplines have lived in remote houses and have had few occasions to speak to one another. And yet, almost 30 years ago two feminist scholars argued that “the impacts of corporate cultures are not…marginal to the experiences of women” and bemoaned “the relationship between patriarchal culture and the development of business corporations.”1 And as noted by a leading scholar of racial justice, “[r]ace suffuses all bodies of law…even the purest of corporate law questions within the most unquestionably Anglo scholarly paradigm.”2
In addressing these intersections, topics such as the following will be considered:
(i) race and gender in the corporate law curriculum;
(ii) feminist engagement with corporate law doctrine and theory;
(iii) critical race engagement with law and economics and corporate law theory;
(iv) corporate board composition and the implications of homogenous boards for organizational performance and social justice;
(v) legal reform strategies aimed at addressing corporate board homogeneity;
(vi) the use of corporate law tools to address gender and race issues; and
(vii) corporate law in the transnational sphere and the implications for indigenous communities.
The course materials are drawn from a variety of sources, including: documentary film, academic journals, articles in the popular and business press, governing documents for voluntary corporate initiatives, shareholder proposals, international legislative provisions, judicial decisions, and civil society reports.
T 4:20-6:10 pm
Method of Evaluation
J.D. Writing Credit
Learning Outcome Goals
No learning outcome goals have been provided.