On November 16, Professor Rosa Lastra delivered in Erasmus University in Rotterdam the distinguished Witteveen Lecture.
In her Keynote speech - entitled I- Professor Lastra discussed how Digitalisation has reached the shores of central banking and how the trichotomy of cryptocurrencies, stablecoins and Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) is challenging established notions of money and monetary sovereignty. The lecture explored how traditional legal categories such as legal tender are adapting to the digital space. The main thrust of her lecture is that notwithstanding these challenges, money remains a public good and that this justifies the public ordering of the monetary and payment system nationally and internationally.
Professor Rosa Lastra is Sir John Lubbock Chair in Banking Law and Chair of the Institute of Banking and Finance Law at Queen Mary University of London.