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Julio Faundez to lecture at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Julio Faundez is to present his lecture, "Bringing About Legal and Political Change for Good Governance: Critical Perspectives on Douglass North and New Institutional Economics" on Friday 26 September at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington DC.

Tue 23 Sep 2014, 14:36 | Tags: GLOBE Centre, Governance and Regulation Cluster, Research

New Book: 'Reflexive Labour Law in the World Society

Reflexive Labour Law in the World Society investigates trends in labour and employment law from the perspective of modern social systems theory.

It uses Niklas Luhmann’s theory of the world society and Gunther Teubner’s reflexive law concept for an analysis of modern employment law and industrial relations. Areas investigated include: reflexive employment protection; the reflexive regulation and deregulation of labour market policies and labour law; reflexivity in labour and employment conflict resolution; reflexive coordination and implementation of EU social and employment law; and reflexive global labour law.

New Book: 'Transforming European Employment Policy' by Ralf Rogowski (ed.)

Since the mid 1990s, the focus of European employment and social policy has shifted from protection to promotion. This book provides a timely analysis of this new form of governance, and the new forms of policy delivery and audit which accompany it.

New Book: 'Public Benefit in Charity Law' by Jonathan Garton

Public Benefit in Charity Law examines the legal principles and practical applications of the public benefit test in charity law in the UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the Republic of Ireland. In order to obtain charitable status, an organization must not only have exclusively charitable purpose but also demonstrate that it provides a benefit to the public.

The book sets out a critical analysis of the general principles of public benefit that have developed since the emergence of the doctrine in England in the nineteenth century, and its export to the other jurisdictions. These principles are evaluated in the light of the traditional justifications for the public benefit requirement. The book also considers the practical implications of these principles in relation to specific areas of charitable activity in each jurisdictions. The analysis includes issues affecting education, health care provision, religious charities, human rights charities, political campaigning, and environmental action. Reference to other jurisdictions including the Republic of Ireland and the USA is made where such comparison is helpful.

New Book: 'Refugee Protection and the Role of the Law' by Dallal Stevens et al

Sixty years on from the signing of the Refugee Convention, forced migration and refugee movements continue to raise global concerns for hosting states and regions, for countries of origin, for humanitarian organisations on the ground, and, of course, for the refugee. This edited volume is framed around two themes which go to the core of contemporary ‘refugeehood’: protection and identity. It analyses how the issue of refugee identity is shaped by and responds to the legal regime of refugee protection in contemporary times.

Lorraine Talbot's 'Progressive Corporate Governance for the 21st Century' goes into paperback

Following excellent sales of Lorraine Talbot's book Progressive Corporate Governance for the 21st Century, it has now been published in paperback.

For more details or to order an inspection copy see the links below

product page of the book

Tue 29 Jul 2014, 12:48 | Tags: Book2014, Publication, Governance and Regulation Cluster

Ralf Rogowski elected to the Board of the Research Committee of Sociology of Law

Ralf Rogowski been elected as one of seven members to the Board of the Research Committee of Sociology of Law (RCSL) of the International Sociological Association (ISA) for the period 2014-2018.

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New Book: 'Financial Crisis Containment And Government Guarantees' John Raymond LaBrosse , Rodrigo Olivares-Caminal , Dalvinder Singh

Financial Crisis Containment and Government Guarantees analyses the international community’s commitment to forging enhanced, well thought-out, mechanisms for containing systemic risks in the context of a highly interconnected global financial framework which incorporates ongoing financial innovation.

While use of government guarantees is a central theme, the book also analyses the roles played by prudential regulators, central banks, deposit insurers and treasuries in dealing with the crisis. The book examines how governments, central banks, regulators and deposit insurance agencies have worked together to contain the global financial crisis. Additionally, it focuses on efforts to overcome ongoing obstacles, as well as the most important proposals to improve safety nets, both at the national level and internationally.

New Book: Lorraine Talbot 'Progressive Corporate Governance for the 21st Century' (Routledge 2012)


Progressive Corporate Governance for the 21st Century is a wide ranging and ambitious study of why corporate governance is the shape that it is, and how it can be better. The book sets out the emergence of shareholder primacy orientated corporate governance using a study of historical developments in the United Kingdom and the United States. Talbot sees shareholder primacy as a political choice made by governments, not a ‘natural’ feature of the inevitable market. She describes the periods of progressive corporate governance which governments promoted in the middle of the 20th century using a close examination of the theories of the company which then prevailed. She critically examines the rise of neoliberal theories on the company and corporate governance and argues that they have had a negative and regressive impact on social and economic development. In examining contemporary corporate governance she shows how regulatory styles as informed and described by prevailing regulatory theories, enables neoliberal outcomes. She illustrates how United Kingdom-derived corporate governance codes have informed the corporate governance initiatives of European and global institutions. From this she argues that neoliberalism has re-entered ex command transition economies through those United Kingdom and OECD inspired corporate governance Codes over a decade after the earlier failed and destructive neoliberal prescriptions for transition had been rejected. Throughout, Talbot argues that shareholder primacy has socially regressive outcomes and firmly takes a stand against current initiatives to enhance shareholder voting in such issues as director remuneration. The book concludes with a series of proposals to recalibrate the power between those involved in company activity; shareholders, directors and employees so that the public company can begin to work for the public and not shareholders.

New Book: John Snape 'The Political Economy of Corporation Tax: Theory, Values and Law Reform' (Hart 2011)


Excellent technical writing on corporation tax abounds but it tends to be inaccessible to public lawyers, political theorists and political economists. Although recent years have seen not only an explosion in public law scholarship, but also a reawakening of interest in interpretative political theory and political economy, the potential of these perspectives to illuminate the corporation tax debate has remained unexplored. In this important work, John Snape seeks to reconcile these disparate strands of scholarship and to contribute to a new way of understanding and conceptualising the reform of the law relating to corporate taxation. Drawing on important developments in public law scholarship, the study combines elements of political theory and political economy. It advances a new interpretation of corporation tax law as an instrument of rule, through the maximisation of a nation’s economic potential. Snape shows how corporate taxation belongs at the centre of any discussion of economic globalisation, not only because of the potential of national tax systems to influence inward investment decisions but also because of the potential of those decisions to shape the public interest that those tax systems might embody. Following public law and politics models, the book looks afresh at the impact of Britain’s political institutions, of the processes of its representative government and of the theory that moulds and orders the values that the corporation tax code contains. This is a timely exploration of cutting-edge issues of public policy.

Wed 22 Feb 2012, 12:03 | Tags: Publication, Governance and Regulation Cluster, Research

Dalvinder Singh invited to speak at Chinese University of Hong Kong Conference.

Dalvinder Singh is invited to speak at a conference, “Institutional Structure of Financial Regulation: International Perspectives and Local Issues in Hong Kong and Mainland China”, May 2012. The Conference is jointly hosted by the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), Law Faculty’s Centre for Financial Regulation and Economic Development and the Duisenberg School of Finance, The Netherlands. The aim of the conference is to examine the reforms of the institutional structure of financial regulation presently going on at the international level, and thus policy implications for the local reforms in Hong Kong and the Mainland China.


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Thu 16 Feb 2012, 18:25 | Tags: Governance and Regulation Cluster

New Book: Dalvinder Singh co-edits 'Managing Risk In The Financial System' (Elgar 2011)

John Raymond LaBrosse , Rodrigo Olivares-Caminal , Dalvinder Singh (eds) Managing Risk In The Financial System


Managing Risk in the Financial System offers fresh and essential reading on the Global Financial Crisis. The coverage is unique in its scope – offering a close examination of fundamental concepts such as the nature of systemic risk; consideration of the impact of systemic crisis on both private institutions and national governments; and critique of popular reform proposals such as living wills, resolution funds and capital adequacy. Contributors to this volume are internationally recognized experts who offer sharp assessments of both the causes of the crisis and the proposed reforms.’

– Heidi Mandanis Schooner, Columbus School of Law, US

‘Incisive, authoritative and thoughtful, this important and timely collection of papers exploring the unresolved issues left by the recent global financial turmoil, will undoubtedly shape the policy responses to come. Interdisciplinary in approach and wide-ranging in jurisdictional scope, it draws together influential commentators, practitioners and regulators, to create a new milestone in the search for the fundamentals of a more stable global financial system.’

– Eva Lomnicka, King’s College London, UK

‘This book contains a large number of chapters, nearly 30 in all, by acknowledged experts on various aspects of the recent financial crisis. Whichever aspect of this crisis may interest you, such as bank taxes, deposit insurance, TBTF and how to respond, cross-border issues, and many, many others, you will find chapters that are both authoritative and stimulating in this collection. The editors are to be congratulated not only on their selection of authors but also on the speed with which they have taken them from conference presentation to book chapter.’

– Charles Goodhart, London School of Economics, UK

Managing Risk in the Financial System makes important and timely contributions to our knowledge and understanding of banking law, financial institution restructuring and related considerations, through the production of an innovative, international and interdisciplinary set of contributions which link together the law and policy issues surrounding systemic risk and crisis management.

The recent financial crisis has exposed both the banking industry and financial system safety-net players in many countries to a considerable level of distress as well as economic and reputational damage. These circumstances have heightened the need for policymakers to consider remedial measures under a broad umbrella that encompasses inter alia prompt corrective actions, early closure of distressed entities, deposit insurance, bail-outs, state-aid, bank resolution and restructuring techniques. These essays provide an important contribution to research in this area, at a crucial time in the debate around the future financial industry.

This unique and detailed volume should be of considerable interest to students of law, economics and finance, law practitioners and policymakers in central banks and ministries of finance. Law, business and finance faculties will benefit from having this book in their collections, as will deposit protection agencies and regulatory agencies.



Thu 23 Jun 2011, 15:43 | Tags: Publication, Governance and Regulation Cluster

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