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Simplicity, complexity at the heart of Oct. 8 conversation on law, government and economy

Drawn as humans are to simplicity, our world is manifestly complex.

When it comes to law, government and economy, simplicity and complexity play competing roles as everyone, lawyers, legislators and economists included, struggle with finding simplicity in navigating complexity.

Monday, Oct. 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., Creighton University will host Gillian Hadfield, professor of law and strategic management at the University of Toronto, and other national figures, who will address the question of complexity head-on in a free, public conversation.

Hadfield’s book Rules for a Flat World: Why Humans Invented Law and How to Reinvent It for a Complex Global Economy, contends that the complexity of today’s world has outstripped the present legal infrastructure.

“A top-down regulatory approach in bureaucracy agencies keeping us collectively safe and secure in the 20th century cannot, in the 21st century, keep up with either global business or the need for ordinary citizens to interact with each other,” said Palma Strand, JD, professor of law in the Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Program and director of the 2040 Initiative at Creighton, in describing the thrust of Hadfield’s argument.

Other featured participants in the conversation include Robert Ellickson, Walter E. Meyer Professor Emeritus of Property and Urban Law and Professorial Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School; Danielle Conway, dean of the University of Maine School of Law; Edward Stringham, Kathryn Wasserman Davis Professor of Economic Organizations and Innovation at Trinity College; and the Rev. Sean Carroll, SJ, executive director of the Kino Border Initiative.

Admission to the event is free, but space is limited. Register here to reserve a spot. The conversation will take place in the Skutt Student Center Ballroom on the Creighton campus. Lunch will be included.

This event is sponsored by Creighton’s Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Program, the 2040 Initiative, the Creighton Jesuit Community, the Institute for Economic Inquiry, the Office of the Provost, and the Nebraska Beta Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at Creighton.


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