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forthcoming symposium on petty offenses at umlaw September 10, 2019

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On 20-21 September there’s what promises to be a fascinating and important symposium, open to all, on petty offenses and social justice at the Donna Shalala Student Center at UM.  You can sign up here.

The event will explore the use of litigation; human rights advocacy at international, regional, national, and local levels; and creative campaigning. It will draw on work from Ghana, Guinea, Guyana, Hungary, India, Israel, Jamaica, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Uganda, and the United States. A special symposium issue of the University of Miami Law Review and the University of Miami Race and Social Justice Law Review will further capture lessons and reflections.

Faculty from Miami Law who work at the intersection of criminal law and human rights, including Caroline Bettinger-LópezDonna Coker, Tamar Ezer, and Stephen Schnably, who was co-counsel on the landmark Pottinger v. City of Miami case, will be featured. Additionally, the conference brings together key experts from the field, including Maria Teresa Manuela with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and special rapporteur on Policing and Prisons in Africa; Anneke Meerkotter, the litigation director of the Southern Africa Litigation Centre; Rob Robinson, a housing rights advocate with the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative and formerly homeless himself in Miami and New York; and Tracy Robinson, the deputy dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of the West Indies and former president of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. 

asil international economic law interest group biennial conference September 28, 2016

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I am going to the ASIL International Economic Law Interest Group Biennial Conference this week. The program is here. I am going to be talking about Financial Stability, Regulation and Politics (August 2016).

cambridge international symposium on economic crime (2016) September 1, 2016

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I went to the symposium last year, and I am going back next week. This year’s symposium title is “Economic Crime – where does the buck stop? Who is responsible – facilitators, controllers and or their advisers?” and I am on a panel on the question “What are the proper responsibilities of management for the wrongs of those they supervise?”. The full programme is here.

cambridge international symposium on economic crime September 4, 2015

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I’ll be speaking at this symposium next week in a panel focusing on Managing the consequences of suspicion (the symposium program is here).

university of miami lecture announcement September 2, 2015

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On Friday, September 4 (Aresty Graduate Building (AGB) 431, 11:00am – 12:30pm), Lucian Cernat, Chief Trade Economist of the European Commission, will offer a lecture on “Mega-FTAs, Globalization and Technological Change”. The event is generously co-sponsored by the Center for International Business and Education Research (CIBER), headed by Dr. Joseph Ganitsky.

cambridge international symposium on economic crime August 31, 2014

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This week I am going to this symposium (my very preliminary paper is here).

sovereign debt, banks etc February 5, 2013

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I am going to the Texas International Law Journal symposium on The Nation State and its Banks this week. I’ll be talking about this early draft paper: Breaking Up is Hard to Do: The Interconnection Problem in Financial Markets and Financial Regulation, A European (Banking) Union Perspective.

international association of legal methodology conference: transparency October 31, 2012

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This week I am going to New Orleans for the International Association of Legal Methodology / Association Internationale de M̩thodologie Juridique XIIth Congress / XII̬me Congr̬s Р1-2 November 2012 / 1er et 2 Novembre 2012 which is focusing on the topic Transparency, A Governance Principle. I am going to be presenting a paper with the title Open Government, Transparency and Financial Regulation. Here is the abstract:

Governments and transnational standard-setters emphasize the importance of open government and transparency, and use consultation exercises to take account of the views of people and firms they characterize as stakeholders. But, although the stakeholder concept is intended to be inclusive, it necessarily excludes some members of the world’s population. Accountability to stakeholders is necessarily a limited form of accountability. Two characteristics of financial regulation interfere with the attainment of open government and transparency in this field. First, financial regulation is complex. Second, those who claim to, and do, understand the complexities of financial regulation are experts, rather than non-expert citizens.
The construction of the concept of the stakeholder in consultations is critical. Requests for comment and consultation documents frequently identify specific categories of stakeholder who may be affected by or interested in the questions raised by the consultation. Response forms and/or consultation documents may invite or require respondents to categorize themselves. But consultation documents and questionnaires do not explicitly address the issue of how they define, or why they do not define, the relevant stakeholders for a particular set of issues. This lack of explanation of definition constitutes a core lack of transparency in the consultation process.

remembering andrew August 21, 2012

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20 years ago this week. What a welcome to South Florida!

international widows’ day June 23, 2012

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June 23 was designated international widows day in 2010 by the UN General Assembly. It has also been designated United Nations Public Service Day (in 2002).