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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Call for Papers -- AALS Section on Securities Regulation

Call for Papers

AALS Section on Securities Regulation

"Responding to the Financial Crisis: Change is in the Air"
2010 AALS Annual Meeting
New Orleans, Louisiana

The Executive Committee of the AALS Section on Securities Regulation invites you to submit a proposal on the topic "Responding to the Financial Crisis: Change is in the Air" for the 2010 AALS Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana.
About the Topic:  In keeping with the theme of this year's Annual Meeting, the Executive Committee invites papers that explore the transformative power of the law in addressing the ongoing economic crisis.  The panel seeks to address the fundamental question of how to respond to the current crisis by asking:  Where have we been?  Where are we now?  And, finally, where are we going?  Without a doubt, financial products and financial markets have played a pivotal role in contributing to the recent downturn in economic activity and thus raise a host of important and pressing questions regarding securities regulation.  These questions include:
To what extent did gaps in the financial regulatory system generally, and securities regulation in particular, contribute to the recent financial turmoil?
How can organizational reform help improve the efficacy and independence of securities regulation?
What should be the primary focus of future securities regulation efforts:  Consumer protection?  Investor protection? Financial market efficiency?  Systemic risk containment?  All of the above?
In what ways should the regulation of derivatives markets, futures markets, money market funds, private equity funds, or hedge funds be modified in light of recent developments?
Given recent events, should the definition of a sophisticated investor be revised? If so, to what degree?
What are the similarities and differences between the current financial crisis and previous financial crises?  What is the relevance of these parallels to securities regulation?
How does the current crisis impact efforts to coordinate securities regulation on a global basis?
Should financial accounting standards and the process by which these standards are established be modified?
How can a regulatory agency charged with reducing systemic risk best achieve this objective?  Is there a role for securities regulation in achieving the objective of reducing systemic risk?
The Executive Committee encourages submissions related to these topics, or other issues involving securities regulation and recent developments in the financial markets.

How to Apply: If you are interested in presenting a paper, please submit a draft manuscript (an abstract or three-page summary is acceptable, if a draft is not available) to Professor Therese Maynard, Chair of the Section on Securities Regulation by August 15, 2009.  E-mail submissions are preferred and should be sent to: [email protected]  
You may also submit your proposal by mail to:

Professor Therese H. Maynard
Loyola Law School - Los Angeles,
919 Albany Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015.

Submissions will be reviewed by the Executive Committee of the Section on Securities Regulation, and decisions will be communicated no later than October 1, 2009.  The AALS Annual Meeting will be held January 6 - January 10, 2010, and our section meeting is currently scheduled for Saturday, January 9, from 10:30 am - 12:15 pm.

Selected speakers may submit their paper to AALS prior to the Annual Meeting for posting to the AALS website.  Papers which are already accepted for publication may be submitted, so long as the paper is not anticipated to be published before the Annual Meeting.  All participants will be responsible for their own travel and conference registration expenses.
Please feel free to forward this Call for Papers to colleagues who may be interested.

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