Questions of value are gaining renewed attention in various scholarly disciplines and policy debates. From central banks to grassroot collectives, the invocation of value is enabling new conversations over widespread inequalities, ecological crises, and the mechanisms at work in producing, entrenching, and challenging the status quo in various spheres of life.

The role of law in these debates often features as a counterbalance to brut market forces by carrying the societal and moral values that are supposed to reign in ‘too’ excessive extractive practices and uphold a sense of social cohesion. At the same time, legal scholars have long argued that law is in fact a key enabler of such forces with its entrenched systems of property, contract, and international trade underpinning regimes of unequal exchange at local and global levels.

Against this backdrop, this conference asks:
- How to understand the relationship between law and value?
- In what ways does law code, inscribe, or co-constitute prevalent modes of value underpinning (in)human relations?
- Can new modes of legal analysis contribute to rethinking value within or beyond the economic domain or does value need to be rescued from legal analysis?

The conference is convened by Dr. Andrea Leiter (Amsterdam Law School, Amsterdam Centre for International Law) and Dr. Rodrigo Vallejo (Copenhagen Law School, Centre for Private Governance).