Financial Regulation Reform – AALS Call for Papers

The American Association of Law Schools section on financial regulation is seeking paper proposals for the January meeting on all topics of financial regulation and regulatory reform.  The deadline for proposal submissions is August 1, fast approaching; I have posted details below the fold, and you can also contact my colleague Anna Gelpern with any questions … agelpern at wcl dot american dot edu.  I encourage to take advantage of this opportunity for exploring these issues; as I suggested in a recent talk to a student group that was later published as an informal essay, lawyers and law professors do have certain comparative advantages in relation to economists and others in addressing financial regulatory reform.  

Call for Papers Announcement

AALS Section on Financial Institutions and Consumer Financial Protection

Beyond Financial Reform:  Mapping Regulatory Objectives, Institutional Forms, and Accountability in the Post-Crisis Landscape

Friday, January 7, 4-5:45 pm

2011 AALS Annual Meeting

San Francisco, California

The AALS Section on Financial Institutions and Consumer Financial Services will hold a panel presentation of selected papers during the AALS 2011 Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California.

Program Summary:

Three years into the deepest financial crisis in decades, debates rage on about the core objectives of regulating finance, the relative importance of competing objectives and the relative competences of competing local, national and global regulators.  This program will assess the recent reform efforts in context, to shed light on the choices inherent in determining who gets to regulate whom, how, and for whose sake.  What, if any, tradeoffs must be made between systemic stability and growth?  … safety and soundness and consumer protection?  … risk management and innovation?  … home country, host country, and multilateral regulation?  … regulatory effectiveness and accountability?

Leading policy makers, academics and market participants have staked out positions on the merits; yet others contend that reform has been mired in false choices.  The program will address the competing claims; explore the relationships among regulation, finance, and its economic, political and social context; and try to shift the terms of theoretical and policy debates to chart the path ahead.  Of particular interest are papers that:

Engage with economic and political thought on urgent policy problems,  such as macroprudential and countercyclical regulation;

  • Address the challenges of compliance, regulatory arbitrage, and regulatory capture;
  • Contribute to the debate about the institutional structure of regulation and the competing bases for allocation of regulatory authority; and
  • Explore insights for financial regulation from other law disciplines, including bankruptcy, international law, and administrative law, as well as institutional and behavioral fields outside the law.

Call for Papers:

Law teachers and other scholars are invited to submit a manuscript or précis on any aspect of the foregoing topic.  Junior faculty members are particularly encouraged to submit.  A review committee consisting of Section officers will select one or more papers or proposals and will invite the author(s) of each selected submission to make a presentation at the program panel.  A précis should be comprehensive enough to allow the review committee to evaluate the likely content and quality of the proposed paper; however, complete drafts will receive preference in the selection process.  Please send submissions to the Program Chair–Anna Gelpern, American University Washington College of Law,–no later than August 1, 2010. Please forward this Call for Papers to anyone who might be interested.


Faculty members of AALS member and fee-paid law schools are eligible to submit papers for this panel presentation. Foreign, visiting and adjunct faculty members, graduate students, and fellows are not eligible to submit for this panel presentation; however, any such submissions may be considered for other parts of the Section program at the Annual Meeting.

Registration Fee and Expenses:

Call for Paper participants will be responsible for paying their annual meeting registration fee and travel expenses.

How will papers be reviewed?

Papers will be selected after review by members of the Executive Committee of the Section.

Deadline date for submission:

August 1, 2010

Contact for submission and inquiries:

Anna Gelpern, American University Washington College of Law,

agelpern at wcl dot american dot edu

Authors of accepted papers will be notified in September 2010.

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