Comparative Perspectives on Sustainable Finance Law

by Yale Law & Business Society


Fri, Mar 3, 2023

9 AM – 5:30 PM EST (GMT-5)

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Regulators across the Atlantic are delving deep into the financial rulebook to shape its role in the transition towards a more sustainable economy. Sustainable development arguments, however, need to be balanced with arguments of investor protection, financial stability, sound corporate governance and price stability.

A provocative new article by Professor Veerle Colaert may debunk some enthusiasm in claiming that the sustainable finance objective should give way to the traditional objectives of financial regulation should a conflict arise between them. After her keynote speech, four legal expert panels will debate how sustainable finance is, can or should (not) be integrated in the financial rulebook.

The conference offers a pioneering forum to compare regulatory initiatives that are now proposed in the U.S. with the regulations in force in the EU. Identifying similarities or insurmountable differences between the European and U.S. sustainable finance laws will shed light on which, if any, common transatlantic transformations of the financial system are to be expected.

A Zoom link will be sent to registered participants.

9:10-10:00: Keynote by Professor Veerle Colaert (KU Leuven)

10.00-11:00: Panel on Investor Protection & Sustainability
• Professor Dana Brakman-Reiser (Brooklyn Law School)
• Professor Stephen Park (University of Connecticut School of Business)
• Arnaud Van Caenegem (KU Leuven)

11:00-11:30: Coffee Break

11.30-12.30: Panel on Financial Stability & Sustainability
• Professor June Rhee (Yale School of Management)
• Charlotte Gardes-Landolfini (International Monetary Fund)
• Joeri De Smet (KU Leuven)

12:30-2: Lunch

2-3: Panel on Monetary Policy & Sustainability
• Professor Christina Parajon Skinner (Wharton Business School)
• Nathan de Arriba-Sellier (Yale Initiative on Sustainable Finance)
• Pieterjan Heynen (KU Leuven)

3-3:30: Coffee Break

3:30-4:30: Panel on Corporate Governance & Sustainability
• Professor Madison Condon (Boston University School of Law)
• Professor Tom Vos (University of Antwerp)
• Marleen Och (KU Leuven)

4:30-5:30: Keynote by Professor Lisa Fairfax (University of Pennsylvania Law School)

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