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Lecture | Hazelhoff Guest Lecture

Hazelhoff Guest Lecture | Paul Sharma | 'Do banks have human rights?'

  • Paul Sharma
Tuesday 1 October 2019
The lecture will be in English. The lecture concludes with a reception.
Kamerlingh Onnes Gebouw
Steenschuur 25
2311 ES Leiden
A1.44 (Lorentz hall)
Paul Sharma

‘Do banks have human rights?’

This is the central question Paul Sharma, Managing Director with Alvarez & Marsal, will pose during his Hazelhoff Guest Lecture on 1 October.

In a quest for answers to the question ‘Do banks have human rights?’, a broad range of subjects will be discussed. Paul Sharma will discuss the issue of piercing the corporate veil and the personal liability of senior managers and directors of banks. In addition, he will elaborate on the ownership of banks and the curtailed rights of ownership and control associated with it as well as on judgement-based regulation of banks and its (in)consistency with the rule of law.

Later on in the lecture, Paul Sharma will zoom in on three topical issues: government power and the monopoly legal definition of money – commodity, fiat and crypto; the rise of shadow banks and government attempts to suppress them, and; fair and equitable treatment of banks, and their owners, under bilateral investment treaties.

Paul Sharma

Paul Sharma is a Managing Director with Alvarez & Marsal and co-head of the firm's European Financial Industry Regulatory Advisory Services practice. He was formerly, amongst others, Executive Director for Regulatory Policy at the UK’s Central Bank, the Bank of England and Deputy Head of its banking regulator, the Prudential Regulation Authority. He also was a member of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS), Chair of the BCBS’ Macro-Prudential Group and an alternate member of the Board of Supervisors of the European Banking Authority (EBA).

Hazelhoff Guest Lectures

Previous Hazelhoff Guest Lectures were given by Jan Kees de Jager, former Dutch Finance Minister, Rutger Schimmelpenninck and Ben Knüppe, liquidators in the bankruptcy of DSB Bank, Nout Wellink, former president of De Nederlandsche Bank (Dutch central bank), Rutsel Martha, former Justice Minister of the Dutch Antilles, Don Scott De Amicis, former Vice President and General Counsel of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), Joanne Kellermann, board member Single Resolution Board, Wim Mijs, Chief Executive of the European Banking Federation (EBF) and Bas de Wit, Head of the AFM’s Legal Affairs Division.

Hazelhoff Centre for Financial Law

The Hazelhoff Guest Lectures are organised by the Hazelhoff Centre for Financial Law. The Hazelhoff Centre for Financial Law provides academic education and performs research in the field of financial law.


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