Monday, September 28, 2015

You Help Me, He Helps You: Dispute Systems Design in the Sharing Economy

Heather on WUL panel

We’re excited to announce a new article co-authored by HNMCP Clinical Instructor and Lecturer on Law, Heather Scheiwe Kulp, “You Help Me, He Helps You: Dispute Systems Design in the Sharing Economy,” published in the new issue of the Washington University Journal of Law & Policy (Vol. 48, 2015), subtitled “New Directions in Community Lawyering, Social Entrepreneurship, and Dispute Resolution.”

Kulp, and co-author Amanda L. Kool, also a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, discuss the potential for dispute resolution schemes in a sharing economy, one they argue involves a more efficient use of resources. The sharing economy is at the nexus of fast-paced technology that connects people to previously inaccessible resources to increase local consumption. Kulp and Kool argue that such sharing economies maximize the benefits of ownership by leveraging goods and services into a resource generator allowing increased access to goods and services at a lower-than-market rate. This unique market structure requires a distinct set of laws to address the unique relationships involved, and this article explores how attorneys can best assist in managing conflicts in a sharing economy.