Business & Human Rights Workshop Series: Black Star Line, Inc.: Race in the Historical Life of the Corporation

Business and Human Rights Initiative

Black Star Line, Inc.
Race in the Historical Life of the Corporation


Thursday, February 18, 2021
1:00pm – 2:30pm 


Aaron Dhir
Associate Professor of Law, Osgoode Hall Law School
Florence Rogatz Visiting Professor of Law, Yale Law School


From approximately 1916 to 1922, Marcus Garvey established himself as one of the most influential — and controversial — leaders in Black America. This seminar will examine Garvey’s ill-fated effort to use the Black Star Line, a Delaware-incorporated shipping firm, as an organizing vehicle for Black economic, social, and political independence. It will explore a complex set of socio-legal questions, including: How is race present in the historical life of the American business corporation? Who is traditionally thought of as an insider and an outsider in American capital markets? How have racially-inflected power asymmetries appeared in the fabric of the market? And how has the politically-motivated use of business regulation thwarted the entrepreneurial efforts and political goals of racial minority groups? 2-18-21 BHR Workshop Series

The Workshop is dedicated to the discussion of works-in-progress and other non-published research.
 The paper will be distributed to registered participants prior to the Workshop.

Aaron Dhir is an Associate Professor of Law at Osgoode Hall Law School and the Florence Rogatz Visiting Professor of Law at Yale Law School. His scholarly interests center on corporate law, governance, theory, history, and accountability. He was the 2017 Justin D’Atri Visiting Professor of Law, Business, and Society at Columbia Law School and the 2013—2014 Canadian Bicentennial Visiting Professor of Law at Yale Law School. He has also served as a Visiting Professor at Stanford Law School and a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University, the University of Oxford, Berkeley Law School, and University College London. Professor Dhir is the author of Challenging Boardroom Homogeneity: Corporate Law, Governance, and Diversity (Cambridge University Press, 2015; paperback edition, 2016). His research findings have been covered by a variety of media outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Harvard Business Review, Forbes, National Public Radio, Newsweek, V X, Pacific Standard, The Seattle Times, The Hartford Courant, ThinkProgress, The Globe & Mail, The Financial Post, and The Toronto Star.




Co-sponsored  by the Eversource Energy Chair in Business Ethics

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