World Bank and Modern Law Review Conference

The World Bank and Modern Law Review Conference on Secured Transactions

Date: 14 May 2010, Research Beehive, Newcastle University, UK.

Confirmed Speakers and discussants

Dr. Orkun Akseli, Lecturer in Law, Newcastle Law School, Newcastle University

Mr. Spiros V. Bazinas, Senior Legal Officer, UNCITRAL Secretariat

Professor Hugh Beale QC FBA, Professor of Law, University of Warwick, Visiting Professor at the University of Amsterdam and University of Oxford

Dr. Frederique Dahan, Lead Counsel and Head of the Financial Law Unit in the Legal Transition Team, EBRD and Ms. Elizabeth Kirk, Researcher, Financial Law Unit, EBRD

Speaker from IIF, Washington DC (tbc)

Professor Joanna Gray, Professor of Financial Regulation, Newcastle Law School, Newcastle University

Professor Terence Halliday, Co-Director of the Center on Law and Globalization, the American Bar Foundation-University of Illinois College of Law

Professor Gerard McCormack, Professor of International Business Law, University of Leeds

Professor Riz Mokal, Senior Legal Counsel, The World Bank

Ms. Angie Raymond, Lecturer in International Commercial Law, University of London Queen Mary Centre for Commercial Law Studies

Mr. Harry Sigman, Attorney/Consultant, California, USA

Dr. Orkun Akseli has recently been awarded funding by the Modern Law Review for the purpose of organising a one-day Conference entitled 'The World Bank and the Modern Law Review Conference on International Legal Standards on Secured Transactions, Facilitation of Credit and Financial Crisis'. The Conference is also generously supported by the World Bank.

This prestigious and competitive award, as well as the generous support of the World Bank, will enable the development of academic and practical debate on how international legal standards on secured transactions may facilitate credit in the face of financial crisis.

The Conference will be held on Friday 14th May 2010 at the state-of-the-art facilities of Research Beehive, Newcastle University. There is no fee to attend this conference.

For further details and registration, please contact Dr Orkun Akseli ( or telephone 0191 222 7549.

Running Order of Events

Registration 08.30 - 09.00  
Welcome 09.00 - 09.10 Pro-Vice Chancellor for HaSS Professor Charles Harvey
Panel 1 09.10 - 10.40

Rescues, Bailouts and the Availability of Credit

Institute of International Finance, Washington DC (TBC)
Professor Gerard McCormack
Dr. Frederique Dahan and Ms. Elizabeth Kirk
Professor Joanna Gray - Discussant

  10.40 - 11.00 Coffee
Panel 2 11.00 - 12.30

The Creation of International Commercial Law Standards by International Financial Institutions - Why They Do It, and Whether They Should?

Professor Riz Mokal
Mr. Spiros Bazinas
Professor Terence C. Halliday -Discussant

  12.30 - 13.30 Lunch
Panel 3 13.30 - 15.00

The Utility and Efficacy of the UNCITRAL Legislative Guide on Secured Transactions and the UN Assignment of Receivables Convention

Mr. Spiros Bazinas
Dr. Orkun Akseli
Mr. Harry Sigman – Discussant

  15.00 - 15.20 Coffee
Panel 4 15.20 - 16.30

How may international standards assist the Law Reform in England for facilitation of credit?

Ms. Angie Raymond
Professor Joanna Gray – Discussant

  16.30 - 17.30

Roundtable Discussion

Concluding remarks by Professor Hugh Beale QC FBA