In this episode, Prof. Katharina Pistor explains the role of private lawyers in coding capital.

Prof. Pistor explains how Private Attorneys are the masters of the code. Despite the fact that the State and juridical precedent establishes the law, it is private attorneys who find the flaws, loopholes, or inaccuracies in the legal code. She goes through the history of private lawyers in Prussia, France, and their emergence in the American legal system. We find the importance of private lawyers in shaping and molding the legal code over time. She ends the episode by reflecting on the vast amounts of wealth private law firms, and lawyers accumulate today. With a specific reference to the delicate relationship between the UK’s Magic Circle of Firms and Russian Oligarchs.

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