Lawrence Lessig

Lawrence Lessig - Setting the Framework for the Study of Institutional Corruption

The first Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics Lab seminar of the 2014-2015 academic year convened on September 9, 2014, and was led by the Center’s Director, Professor Lawrence Lessig. During this introductory seminar, Lessig laid the framework for his definition of institutional corruption, discussed some common terminology relevant to this definition, and presented participants of the Lab seminar with several examples of its occurrence.

Lawrence Lessig delivers inaugural Berlin Family Lectures

November 20, 2014

Lawrence Lessig delivered the inaugural Berlin Family Lectures October 16 - November 13, 2014. In a series entitled "America: Compromised," Lessig explored the application of institutional corruption to a wide range of public institutions with the aim to establish both the distinctiveness of the conception and its particular relevance to modern American life.

2011 Dec 06

In the Dock: Lawrence Lessig Interrogates Jack Abramoff About Corruption

5:30pm to 7:00pm


Ames Courtroom, Austin Hall, Harvard Law School

The Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics has had a long list of great souls offering their insight about ethics, philosophy, and the question of institutional corruption. With this event, we launch an occasional series drawing on people from the other side of that ethical line. The "In the Dock" series will, when appropriate and edifying, interview the guilty, not the innocent or aspirational.

2011 Nov 01

A conversation between Lawrence Lessig and David Gergen

5:30pm to 7:00pm


Ames Courtroom, Austin Hall, Harvard Law School

A conversation with David Gergen (Director, Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School) and Lawrence Lessig (Roy L. Furman Professor of Law, Harvard Law School) about Prof. Lessig's new book Republic Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress--and a Plan to Stop it.

Refreshments will be available.

About Professor David Gergen.

2012 Oct 11

Office and Responsibility

(All day)


Milstein East B, Harvard Law School

A symposium in honor of the career and contributions of Dennis F. Thompson

Co-sponsored by the Department of Government, the FAS Dean's Office at Harvard University, and the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics

2009 Oct 08

Setting the Framework for the Question of Institutional Corruption

4:30pm to 6:00pm


Starr Auditorium, Harvard Kennedy School

Speaker: Lawrence Lessig, Director, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics; Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership, Harvard Law School

Center Director and HLS professor Lawrence Lessig delivered the first lecture of the 2009-10 Labs Lectures on the Question of Institutional Corruption.

2011 Oct 19

Prof. Lessig discusses his new book "Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress - And a Plan to Stop It"

Oct 19, 7:00pm to May 15, 9:00pm


Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass. Ave., Cambridge

Harvard Book Store is glad to welcome Harvard law professor LAWRENCE LESSIG for a discussion of his new book, Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress.

In an era of ballooning corporate campaign expenditures, unleashed by the Supreme Court in Citizens United, trust in our government is at an all time low. More than ever before, Americans believe that money buys results in Congress–and that our Republic has been lost.