23 March 2011
Venue: G02 Joseph Rotblat Building (Old Anatomy Building), Charterhouse Square
Financial markets and institutions are international. They have been so for many years. But their regulation, supervision and, if necessary, resolution remain for the most part nationally based, constrained by the domain of domestic jurisdictions. The disconnection between international markets and national law was highlighted, and threatened to cause serious problems, during the recent financial crisis, in particular following the collapse of Lehman Brothers. Drawing on the lessons of history and bridging law and economics, this lecture argues that it is urgent and important to devise adequate institutional structures and international norms to govern global financial markets. Rosa María Lastra is Professor in International Financial and Monetary Law at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS), Queen Mary, University of London. She is a member of the Monetary Committee of the International Law Association (MOCOMILA), a founding member of the European Shadow Financial Regulatory Committee (ESFRC), a senior research associate of the Financial Markets Group of the London School of Economics. From 2008 to 2010, she was a Visiting Professor of the University of Stockholm. She has advised the International Monetary Fund, the Asian Development Bank, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and the House of Lords. Prior to coming to London, she was Assistant Professor at Columbia University in the City of New York. She has written extensively in the fields of monetary law and financial regulation.
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