Discussing the Eurozone Crisis at Columbia Law School with Marshall Auerback and Georges Ugeux; Friday 5th October, 6.15pm

The Columbia Society for International Law Proudly Presents:

Yanis Varoufakis and Marshall Auerback, moderated by Georges Ugeux

DESIGN DEFECTS AND POLICY FAILURES: AN INSTITUTIONAL ANALYSIS OF THE EUROZONE CRISIS

Part of the 2012-2013 Seminar Series on Contemporary Issues in Law and Political Economics organized by the Workers’ Rights Student Coalition, sponsored by the Richard Paul Richman Center for Business, Law and Public Policy
Date: Friday, October 5, 2012, 6.15pm
Location: Room 104, Jerome Greene Hall, Columbia Law School
Cost: Free
Live Streaming and Registration information: http://www.modernmoneyandpublicpurpose.com/

TOPIC SUMMARY

This seminar offers a diagnosis of the current European debt crisis that traces its origins to inherent flaws in the legal and institutional design of the Eurozone. Questions to be addressed include:– Is the European Monetary Union responsible for the current Eurozone crisis?– What role have core nations such as Germany and France played in the crisis, compared to peripheral nations such as Spain and Greece?– What are the political and economic implications of austerity?– What policies should Europe adopt to resolve this crisis?

FEATURED SPEAKERS 

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Marshall Auerback has 30 years’ experience in the investment management business, serving as a global portfolio strategist for Pinetree Capital, a Canadian-based fund management group.  He also serves as an economic consultant to PIMCO, the world’s largest bond fund management group, a Research Associate for the Levy Institute at Bard College, and a Research Fellow for the Economists for Peace and Security.  

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Yanis Varoufakis is Professor of Economic Theory at the University of Athens and Visiting Professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson Graduate School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. He is also an In-House Economist with Valve Software. From 2004-2007, he was an economic advisor to George Papandreo. Dr. Varoufakis runs a blog at Valve, as well as his personal blog, Yanis Varoufakis: Thoughts for a Post-2008 World. His most recent book is The Global Minotaur: America, The True Origins of the Financial Crisis and the Future of the World Economy, London and New York: Zed Books, 2011.

MODERATOR

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Georges Ugeux is Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia Law School, where he teaches a course on European Banking and Finance. He has lectured at the Catholic University of Louvain, the College of Europe in Bruges, and has advised the International Financial Systems Program at Harvard Law School. Dr. Ugeux is the founder of Galileo Global Advisors, LLC, which specializes in cross borer transactions to and from emerging markets. He has previously served as the Group Executive Vice President, International & Research at the New York Stock Exchange, the General Manager of the investment banking and trust division of Société Générale de Banque (now BNP Paribas Fortis), the Managing Director of Morgan Stanley’s Mergers and Acquisitions department in London, the Group Finance Director at Société Générale de Belgique, and the Managing Director of Kidder, Peabody, Inc. He is a director of Amoeba Capital, British American Business, Inc., and the French-American Chamber of Commerce, and is Honorary Chairman of the Belgian American Chamber of Commerce and of the Catholic University of Louvain Foundation. He recently published a book called “The Betrayal of Finance: Twelve Reforms to Restore Confidence” that was originally published by Odile Jacob in Paris.