Forum Summaries:

Meridian 180 publishes summaries of the central themes and ideas discussed in our online forums. Forum summaries are drafted by students and interns (and occasionally by Meridian members).

The Evolving Constituencies of Central Banks
Summary by Eudes Lopes

This forum invited Meridian members to reflect on central banks at a juncture marked by their involvement in new areas of activity and increased public scrutiny. The discussion was framed around the core question of how the relations of central banks with their various constituencies are affected as the roles of both change. The forum was launched as a prelude to a live discussion, which took place at the New York City symposium, “The Changing Politics of Central Banks,” co-organized in 2013 by Meridian-180 and the Cornell International Law Journal. (Read more)


Sharing Economy
Summary by Alice Chung, Hillary Lebeau, and Lu Wang

My stuff can be your stuff—for a price. Welcome to the modern digital age where the sharing economy, a consumer peer-to-peer market, is paramount. The Economist recently estimated that with its unique ability to leverage the Internet and information technology, today’s sharing economy is valued at $26 billion. (Read more)


Rule of Law and Political Parties
Summary by Jacob Branndler, Yun Chen, and Yixiao Wang

Many democracies today hold the rule of law in high esteem. Yet, for something held in such high regards, the question remains what exactly makes up the rule of law? Yu Xingzhong (Cornell Law School) opened this forum, asking participants to consider more specific issues about the rule of law and political parties. (Read more)


Legal Safety Valves: Law's Answer to Fundamental Uncertainty
Summary by Keertan Chauhan and Kyle Reinert 

An effective legal system must have the ability to “enhance predictability of both public and private action,” but “in a world beset by fundamental uncertainty, legal certainty is a doubled-edged sword,” noted Katharina Pistor (Columbia Law School). While “predetermined laws, regulations, contracts [and] treaties” allow for predictability, “enforcing [these] ex ante legal commitments…without regard to fundamental change [in the world] can lead to the self-destruction of the system”... (Read more)