Call for Papers: AALS Section on Financial Institutions and Consumer Financial Protection

Date(s) of Conference:

January 7, 2011


San Francisco, California


Three years into the deepest financial crisis in decades, debates rage on about the core objectives of regulating finance, the relative importance of competing objectives and the relative competences of competing local, national and global regulators.  This program will assess the recent reform efforts in context, to shed light on the choices inherent in determining who gets to regulate whom, how, and for whose sake.  What, if any, tradeoffs must be made between systemic stability and growth?  … safety and soundness and consumer protection?  … risk management and innovation?  … home country, host country, and multilateral regulation?  … regulatory effectiveness and accountability? 

Leading policy makers, academics and market participants have staked out positions on the merits; yet others contend that reform has been mired in false choices.  The program will address the competing claims; explore the relationships among regulation, finance, and its economic, political and social context; and try to shift the terms of theoretical and policy debates to chart the path ahead.  Of particular interest are papers that:

  • Engage with economic and political thought on urgent policy problems,  such as macroprudential and countercyclical regulation;
  • Address the challenges of compliance, regulatory arbitrage, and regulatory capture;
  • Contribute to the debate about the institutional structure of regulation and the competing bases for allocation of regulatory authority; and
  • Explore insights for financial regulation from other law disciplines, including bankruptcy, international law, and administrative law, as well as institutional and behavioral fields outside the law. 

Call for Papers:

Law teachers and other scholars are invited to submit a manuscript or précis on any aspect of the foregoing topic.  Junior faculty members are particularly encouraged to submit.  A review committee consisting of Section officers will select one or more papers or proposals and will invite the author(s) of each selected submission to make a presentation at the program panel.  A précis should be comprehensive enough to allow the review committee to evaluate the likely content and quality of the proposed paper; however, complete drafts will receive preference in the selection process.  Please send submissions to the Program Chair–Anna Gelpern, American University Washington College of Law,–no later than August 1, 2010.  Authors of accepted papers will be notified in September 2010.

Faculty members of AALS member and fee-paid law schools are eligible to submit papers for this panel presentation. Foreign, visiting and adjunct faculty members, graduate students, and fellows are not eligible to submit for this panel presentation; however, any such submissions may be considered for other parts of the Section program at the Annual Meeting. 

Contact Information:

Anna Gelpern, American University Washington College of Law,


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