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Will FSOC Be a Priority for Treasury Pick Jack Lew?

February 5th, 2013 in Uncategorized

Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner was clearly dedicated to making the Financial Stability Oversight Council work, despite doubts the group of financial regulators would prove unwieldy and ineffective. The question remains, however, whether his nominated successor, Jack Lew, will be as committed to the council.

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Financial Stability + Energy Security Conference

February 1st, 2013 in Events, Uncategorized

February 14-15, 2013
Boston University Castle
225 Bay State Road
Boston, MA 02215

This two-day workshop brings together policy makers and academics working mainly in the fields of energy security and financial stability. In recent years, the ability of NGOs, transnational governance bodies and firms to shape world politics has steadily grown and the study of these “transnational policy networks” can illumine the debates on the interactions between the EU and other regions in the world.

Panel Discussions:

  • PANEL I – PRIVATE NETWORKS AND PUBLIC AUTHORITIES IN FINANCIAL (IN)STABILITY (Thursday, February 14, 1 to 3 PM) 
  • PANEL II – POLITICAL ECONOMY OF THE LATIN AMERICAN DEBT CRISIS: LESSONS FOR EUROPE AND THE US (Thursday, February 14, 3:30 to 5:30 PM) 
  • PANEL III – PUBLIC AUTHORITY AND TRANSNATIONAL POLICY ACTORS AND ACTIVISTS ON CLIMATE CHANGE (Friday, February 15, 9 to 10:30 AM) 
  • PANEL IV – TRASH, ENERGY, AND LIVELIHOODS (Friday, February 15, 11 AM to 1 PM) 
  • PANEL V – POST CRISIS IMPLICATIONS FOR GOVERNANCE: PUBLIC AND PRIVATE TRANSNATIONAL NETWORKS (Friday, February 15, 2 to 4 PM) 

Registration: Space is limited. Registration for this event is strongly encouraged. To register, please send an email with your name and institutional affiliation indicating which sessions you wish to attend.


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Proposed free trade agreement between Mercosur and China opposes Brazil and Argentina

June 28th, 2012 in Uncategorized

From BBC Brazil
By Ruth Costas
June 27, 2012

Amid the Paraguayan crisis, the announcement that China would be interested in a free trade agreement with Mercosur has caused surprise and put into opposing camps diplomats from Brazil and Argentina, according to experts questioned by BBC Brazil.

The Beijing government also offered a credit line of $ 10 billion to finance infrastructure projects in Latin America.

The Chinese proposals were made in Argentina on Friday last by Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao, during a video conference where he also attended by the Brazilian president, Rousseff, and the Uruguayan José Mujica, as well as Argentine President Cristina Kirchner. The only absentee was in Paraguay, who lives a troubled process of presidential succession.

According to experts, the chances that the proposed free trade to flourish are small due to the opposition of the Brazilian industry.

Scott Miriam Gomes, a professor at State University of Rio de Janeiro, explains that the idea of ​​a free trade agreement between Mercosur and China is clearly advocated by Argentina in Brasilia and views with concern because of the threat that Chinese products can pose to the industry Brazilian.

The opinion is the same as Kevin Gallagher, an expert on China-Latin America at Boston University and is in Buenos Aires researching the topic.

“All Latin American countries could benefit from privileged access to the Chinese market, which consumes 72% of Argentine soybean and 50% of Brazilian steel, but the potential impact of an increase in Chinese imports divides the region,” he explains.

Read the full article at BBC.co.uk (translated from Portuguese).

BOSTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW ANNOUNCES TEACHING HONOR

June 3rd, 2012 in Uncategorized

Attorney Francis C. Morrissey named 2012 recipient of the John S. Baerst Award

(BOSTON) – Boston University School of Law’s Graduate Program in Banking and Financial Law has awarded attorney Francis C. Morrissey, who teaches bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, the 2012 John S. Baerst Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Launched in 1984, the program was the first in the nation to grant the master of laws degree in banking law with its own faculty and a curriculum designed exclusively for graduate study. The late John S. Baerst directed the program from 1996 to 2005. The annual award was established in his name for “excellence in teaching” to honor his memory and years of leadership.

“I am extremely grateful and honored to be receiving this award,” said Morrissey. “My teachers at Boston University School of Law were inspiring and they provided us with a wonderful education. I am very fortunate to follow in their footsteps.”

Morrissey is a partner in the firm of Morrissey, Wilson & Zafiropoulos LLP, where he concentrates in the areas of commercial litigation, insolvency, and distressed acquisitions and divestitures. He also serves, by appointment of the Supreme Judicial Court, as a trustee of the Client Security Board and recently completed his second term as a hearing committee member for the Board of Bar Overseers.

Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized private research university with more than 33,000 students participating in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. BU consists of 16 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes central to the school’s research and teaching mission.