Thursday, October 30, 2008

Roundtable Discussion: A Legal Perspective on the Financial Crisis

On Thursday 30 October at 4pm in Taylor C24 the LRS will host its first roundtable discussion of this academic year. The topic will be the current financial crisis looked at from a legal point of view. The event will be of interest to anyone interested in the interrelation between law and economics, the role of government regulation and thus the intersection of private and public law in the field of banking and global finance.

Su Jieche will give an introduction to the topic explaining the background of the credit crunch, the rescue plans and the role of the state in bank insolvency. His talk will be followed by a discussion moderated by Bo Yin.

This is a chance to discuss this burning issue, join the society and enjoy the refreshments.

All welcome!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Non-state actors and International Law

To the surprise of many today, Aljazeera reported that the US defence secretary, Robert Gates, has said that “his country would `ultimately’ be prepared to reconcile with the Taliban group to end the conflict in Afghanistan”. Since the beginning of the so called 'war on terror' the question of how effective non-governmental groups are in shaping International Law has been repeatedly raised. Dr Aspremont, from Leiden University, further argues “In research circles, there is an impression that over the last twenty years international law has been shaped much less by nations and much more by non-state actors”. The reoccurrence of Pre-emptive wars, the breach of International Humanitarian Law and many more issues reflect the need to re-tackle the question without delay.

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