Upcoming Conference: 'The Code of Capital' by Professor Katharina Pistor (March 14, 2024)

The Lexum Chair and the Public Centre de recherche en droit public are pleased to invite you to the conference "The Code of Capital" by Prof. Katharina Pistor.

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Practical Information

When : March 14, 2024, 4:30pm

Format : In Person

Where : Room A-3421

Maximilien-Caron Building

3101  de la Tour Road

H3T 1N8

Montréal, Québec

Speaker's Biography


Capital is the defining feature of modern economies, yet most people have no idea where it actually comes from. What is it, exactly, that transforms mere wealth into an asset that automatically creates more wealth? The Code of Capital explains how capital is created behind closed doors in the offices of private attorneys, and why this little-known fact is one of the biggest reasons for the widening wealth gap between the holders of capital and everybody else. The book suggests that the law selectively “codes” certain assets, endowing them with the capacity to protect and produce private wealth. With the right legal coding, any object, claim, or idea can be turned into capital—and lawyers are the keepers of the code. It describes how they pick and choose among different legal systems and legal devices for the ones that best serve their clients’ needs, and how techniques that were first perfected centuries ago to code landholdings as capital are being used today to code stocks, bonds, ideas, and even expectations—assets that exist only in law.

This content has been updated on 7 March 2024 at 14 h 09 min.