The ULC's research seeks to investigate and affect the role of the law and legal systems in contemporary urbanism.

Affiliated Faculty:

Susan Block-Lieb, Professor of Law

Cities as a Source of Consumers’ Financial Empowerment, 34 EMORY BANKR. DEV. J. 387 (2018).

Cities have been overlooked as a source of consumer protection. 1 It is easy to see why. Cities are a poor place to situate consumer protection regulation, especially “top down” efforts to “command and control” lending decisions. This is especially true when lending occurs through national markets.

 

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Nestor Davidson, Faculty Director Urban Law Center

The New Preemption Reader: Law and Commentary (Foundation Press 2019) (co-editor, with Richard Briffault and Laurie Reynolds).

The hottest issue in state and local government today is preemption – the conflict between states and cities over authority in a wide range of sharply-contested areas, including gun control, minimum wages and family leave, anti-discrimination law, environmental protection, and sanctuary policies.

 

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The Dilemma of Localism in an Era of Polarization, 128 YALE L.J. 954 (2019).

Localism, the discourse of local legal power and state-local relations, has returned to the center of national attention, driven by gridlock at the federal level and sharply rising political and cultural conflicts between cities and their states. In recent years, states have aggressively sought to constrain, eliminate, and even criminalize local policy discretion across an array of policy domains.

 

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The Cambridge Handbook of the Law of the Sharing Economy (Cambridge University Press 2018) (co-editor, with John Infranca and Michèle Finck).

This handbook grapples conceptually and practically with what the sharing economy – which includes entities ranging from large for- profit firms like Airbnb, Uber, Lyft, TaskRabbit, and Upwork to smaller, nonprofit collaborative initiatives – means for law, and how law, in turn, is shaping critical aspects of the sharing economy.

 

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The Legal Power of Cities: Global Perspectives In Urban Law (Routledge 2018) (co-editor, with Geeta Tewari).

The growing field of urban law demands a collaborative scholarly focus on comparative and global perspectives. This volume offers diverse insights into urban law, with emerging theories and analyses of topics ranging from criminal reform and urban housing, to social and economic inequality and financial crises, and democratization and freedom for individual identity and space.

 

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A Better Approach to Urban Opportunity, 27 J. AFF. HOUS. & COMM. DEV. L. 449 (2019) (reviewing Rashmi Dyal-Chand, Collaborative Capitalism In American Cities: Reforming Urban Market Regulations (2018).

In many American cities, the urban cores still suffer. Poverty and unemployment remain endemic, despite policy initiatives aimed at systemic solutions. Rashmi Dyal-Chand's research has focused on how businesses in some urban cores are succeeding despite the challenges.

 

Introduction, in The Cambridge Handbook of the Law of the Sharing Economy (Cambridge University Press 2018) (with John Infranca & Michèle Finck).

This Handbook grapples conceptually and practically with what the sharing economy - which includes entities ranging from large for-profit firms like Airbnb, Uber, Lyft, Taskrabbit, and Upwork to smaller, non-profit collaborative initiatives - means for law, and how law, in turn, is shaping critical aspects of the sharing economy.

 

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The Place of the Sharing Economy, in The Cambridge Handbook of the Law of The Sharing Economy (Cambridge University Press 2018) (with John Infranca).

This Handbook grapples conceptually and practically with what the sharing economy - which includes entities ranging from large for-profit firms like Airbnb, Uber, Lyft, Taskrabbit, and Upwork to smaller, non-profit collaborative initiatives - means for law, and how law, in turn, is shaping critical aspects of the sharing economy.

 

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Property, Wellbeing, and Home: Positive Psychology and Property Law’s Foundations, in Law and the Precarious Home: Socio-Legal Perspective on the Home in Insecure Times (Hart Publishing 2018).

This book explores the emergent and internationally widespread phenomenon of precariousness, specifically in relation to the home. It maps the complex reality of the insecure home by examining the many ways in which precariousness is manifested in legal and social change across a number of otherwise very different jurisdictions.

 

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Jennifer Gordon, Professor of Law

Immigration and the Commerce Clause, 93 Indiana Law Journal 653 (2018).

Can the United States government set immigration law and policy with little regard for constitutional rights? This question has been much debated since President Donald Trump issued a series of immigration-related executive order sin his first week in office, including a bar on entry by citizens of a set of majority-Muslim countries, but it was controversial long before then.

 

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Clare Huntington, Professor of Law

A Promising Start for Early Childhood Development and the Law, 71 FLA. L. REV. F. 70 (2019).

Examining the role of the law in early childhood development is not new; several legal scholars have engaged in such an inquiry, including scholars at this symposium. But this engagement has not led to a sustained debate about how the legal system can foster early childhood development, nor has it yet led to the integration of legal scholars into the interdisciplinary research on, and policy debates about, early childhood.

 

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Olivier Sylvain, Associate Professor of Law

Sylvain, Olivier, Intermediary Design Duties (March 1, 2018). 50 Connecticut Law Review 203 (2018); Fordham Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 299714.

Online social networking applications and marketplaces enable users to discover ideas, people, places, and products. The companies behind these services purport to be little more than the “passive conduits” through which users socialize and transact business. It is on this premise that, pursuant to the Communications Decency Act (CDA), courts are reluctant to impose liability on intermediaries for their users’ illegal online conduct. In spite of language in the statute that would limit the safe harbor to intermediaries that voluntarily moderate users’ content and behavior, courts today refrain from granting immunity only in cases in which intermediaries “materially contribute” to illegal online conduct. This has proven to be a very high juridical bar for plaintiffs to clear and a very generous protection for defendant providers. 
 

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Geeta Tewari, Associate Director Urban Law Center

The Legal Power of Cities: Global Perspectives In Urban Law (Routledge 2018) (co-editor, with Nestor Davidson).

The growing field of urban law demands a collaborative scholarly focus on comparative and global perspectives. This volume offers diverse insights into urban law, with emerging theories and analyses of topics ranging from criminal reform and urban housing, to social and economic inequality and financial crises, and democratization and freedom for individual identity and space.

 

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The Ethics of Gender Narratives for U.S. Corporate Boards, 16 N.Y.U. J. Law & Bus. __ (forthcoming 2019).

Law and the New Urban Agenda, co-editor, with Nestor M. Davidson

(forthcoming Routledge 2020).

 

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