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The London Roundtable is the first-ever association of private law scholars with a particular interest in contract, company, labour, commercial arbitration law or securities regulation from a distinctly transnational perspective.

Throughout the year, the London Roundtable hosts workshops and seminars that explore the changing dynamics between state regulation and markets’ self-regulation through codes of conduct, best practices and guidelines. A particular feature of the Roundtable discussions are the discussion of burning questions in the area of transnational private law theory and practice also with an eye on how to transpose our findings into the daily classroom instruction.
The inaugural conference of the Roundtable – hosted in cooperation with the Centre for Transnational Studies at the University of Bremen in Germany took place in London on 14-15 November 2014. Its theme was: Transnational Private Law Theory: Perspectives on Research and Teaching.

You can read the report of the event here.
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Transnational Private Law Theory: Perspectives on Research and Teaching

14-15 November 2014

The inaugural conference of the Round Table – hosted in cooperation with the Centre for Transnational Studies at the University of Bremen in Germany – will take place at Somerset House in London from 14-15 November 2014. Its theme is: Transnational Private Law Theory: Perspectives on Research and Teaching.

Conference overview 

The current, post-financial crisis regulatory climate provides us with a precious opportunity to reflect on foundations, assumptions, and methods of our research, teaching and advocacy within the larger framework of transnational private law. The comparative and interdisciplinary dialogue among lawyers, economists, political scientists, sociologists and anthropologists, consumer activists, union leaders and social-labour rights activists shows a wide-ranging disappointment with domestic and international legislative responses to the GFC, with the mixed success of the EU’s corporate governance, capital market regulation and consumer protection agendas, as well as with the fledgling efforts to develop a reliable and sustainable transnational regulatory framework for global banks, transnational corporations, consumers, investors and stakeholders. In light of the recurring themes of ‘regulatory failure’ to which the response is said to be one of ‘bringing the state back in’, the London Roundtable will instead put a private law perspective at its centre. Drawing on some of today’s leading scholars and practitioners in contract, company, labour and financial law, the London Roundtable provides a unique forum for timely and critical, transnational thought exchange on how private law answers might help fill the regulatory gap, as it is regularly associated with the state’s perceived responsibility for market governance.

Further information 

See the agenda of the November Conference (pdf)
For more information, please contact: peer.zumbansen@kcl.ac.uk 

 

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