Leopold Specht is Stream Convener at the Harvard IGLP Workshop
In January 2015 in Doha Dr. Specht will lead the research track "Legal Architecture of Monetary Integration" at the workhop of the Institute for Global Law and Policy.
The stream explores the global financial architecture as a mechanism of integration within a hegemonic political and economic system. We will use law to interpret and deconstruct that architecture. The financial system plays a central role in the operation of coercive and often compulsory institutional arrangements. We will explore the potential role for critical legal analyses of law in identifying and helping to construct institutional alternatives. Might an alternative set of legal arrangements for finance help to ground alternative forms of political and economic life? We will use Islamic law – as opposed to Islamic finance – as a site to examine the potential for law to structure alternatives.