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Program On International Financial Systems

About PIFS

The Harvard Law School Program on International Financial Systems (PIFS) fosters the exchange of ideas on capital markets, financial regulation, and international financial systems through its acclaimed portfolio of Symposia on Building the Financial System of the 21st Century and other research activities. PIFS operates under the direction of Hal S. Scott, Nomura Professor of International Financial Systems who founded the program in 1986. The Symposium series gathers senior financial leaders, high-ranking government officials, and distinguished academics from the United States and their counterparts from China, Europe, Japan, and Latin America for dialogue on the development and improvement of international capital markets, and conducts research to help support this mission.

Upcoming Events: Retail Payment Systems Conference, February 26, 2015, NYC

Join us for a one-day conference on Retail Payment Systems, sponsored by MasterCard and co-hosted by PIFS.

February 26, 2015
8:00am - 4:30pm
North/Biddle Room
Harvard Club of New York
35 West 44th Street
New York, New York

Topics include:
• How do retail payment systems actually create value?
• What have been the key productive innovations in the retail payment system in the last decade? Are the use of mobile payment and digital money among them?
• What are the policy grounds for state intervention in the payment systems and do
such interventions produce unintended, undesirable consequences?
• What are the risks for global interoperability posed by a lack of coordinated national regulation and state interventions in the operations of retail payment systems?

Panelists, Speakers and Moderators Include:
• Yussur Abrar, African Development Bank
• Massimo Cirasino, International Bank for Reconstruction Development (World Bank)
• Andi Dervishi, International Finance Corporation
• Peter Ehmke, Edgar Dunn
• Joel Feinberg, Sidley Austin
• Sven Gentner, EU Delegation to the U.S.
• Ben Geva, Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto
• Fumiko Hayashi, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
• Tim Jones, Nest UK
• Ronald Mann, Columbia University School of Law
• Geoffrey Manne, International Center for Law & Economics
• Stephen Mwaura, Central Bank of Kenya
• Bjorn Segendorf, Sveriges Riksbank
• Bruce Summers, Retired Director, Federal Reserve Information Technology
• Karen Webster, Market Platform Dynamics
• Ather Williams, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

For additional information, please contact J Weinstein at jweinstein@law.harvard.edu.


Europe-U.S. Symposium: April 15 - 18, 2015, Eltville, Germany

To request an invitation or to learn more about any of our upcoming Symposia, email Whitney Vasey at wvasey@law.harvard.edu.

Last modified: February 24, 2015

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