Finance, Law, and Economics Working Group


Finance, Law, and Economics are inherently interrelated disciplines. We bring economists, lawyers and practioners together to better understand issues of financial stability, financial market reform and the future of the banking and payments systems.

Jan Ritter (University of Fribourg, Switzerland)
Vincent Jerald Ramos (Hertie School / Humboldt University, Germany)
Maria Virginia Solis Wahnish (Economy of Francesco, Argentina)


Mandate (2024)

Research themes

  • Regulation in Financial Systems: Sustainable Finance; Fintech Regulation; Central Banking; Financial Regulation and Supervision; International Financial Integration; Systemic Risk; Climate Risk; Big Data Regulation; Data Protection Policy, etc.
  • Transformation in Financial Systems: Financial Innovation; Internet and Mobile Money; Non-Bank Payment Services Providers (PSPs) and other Innovative Financial Services; Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies; Technological Risk, etc.
  • Law and Political Economy: legal dimensions of governance; competition law; labor markets; intellectual property; power and democracy; property rights; corruption; contracts; informal markets and agreements; Law and Society, etc.
  • Monetary and Fiscal Policy: taxation; inflation; spending; austerity; interest rate determination; budget deficits; foreign debt; insolvency and sovereign debt regulation; money and markets, etc.
  • Global Economic Governance: Trade and Development; Trade Wars and Economic sanctions; International Investment Law; Geopolitics; the role of cities and communities in the global economic governance, etc.
  • Economy and Socio-Environmental: Social Economy, sustainable finance, social business, integral development, integral ecology, equal agency of social civil actors, fraternal economy, food systems, etc.

Research questions

  • How should policymakers respond to increasing inflation rates? What can we learn from the legal and economic responses of governments in previous episodes of stagflation?
  • How can central banks adequately regulate a fast-changing financial system? What kinds of international agreements are necessary in this regard?
  • How will Central Bank digital currencies (CBDCs) affect monetary economics, the future of money, or the nature of money?
  • What are the social and economic effects of the ongoing reorientation of antitrust law to address power imbalances in labor markets? What legal reforms are necessary to guarantee workers’ freedom of occupation around the world?
  • What are the economic justifications and legal bases for progressive policy proposals (e.g. wealth taxes, minimum corporate global taxes, federal ban of non-compete clauses, suspension of intellectual property rights)?
  • How can an economy with a new perspective be built? What does it take to create an economy that serves to create a positive social and environmental impact?
  • How are economic opportunities for value creation and beyond value extraction be taken into consideration within the research themes of this working group?
  • How to respond to his Holiness Pope Francis’ call for new economic thinking: administration of common goods, the relationship between economics and politics, place of the “uselessness” in the current economic system?
  • How or why has the spread of new diseases and other epidemiological crises exacerbated international inequality?
  • How do we enhance collaboration between lawyers and economists when addressing multidisciplinary challenges?

Projects Planned 

  • Collaboration with the European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy (EAEPE) and the Association for the Promotion of Political Economy and the Law (APPEAL)
  • WINIR YS Doctoral Workshop and Pre-conference Event
  • YSI-IUC Seminar Series
  • Cooperation project with Oxford University Laudato Si Research Institute on integral ecology and economics
  • The Economy of Francesco Summer School with the participation of YSI.
  • Scholars Catedras Congress and the role of economics on the new education model.
  • UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP) Webinar Series and project to be co-created with key partners and actors.
  • Exercise of Labor Market Power Webinar.
  • Work-in-Progress seminar series for law and economics young scholars WIPSS

Partnerships and Collaborations 

  • African Network of Constitutional Lawyers (ANCL)
  • Amsterdam Center for Law and Economics (ACLE)
  • Association for the Promotion of Political Economy and the Law (APPEAL)
  • Law and Political Economy (LPE) Network
  • Cognitio – studentisches Forum für Recht und Gesellschaft, Lucerne (Switzerland)
  • European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy (EAEPE)
  • Economy of Francesco
  • Financial Risk and Stability Network
  • Finance Watch
  • International University College of Turin
  • Oxford University – Laudato Si Research Institute
  • University of Manchester


You’re welcome to join any webinar or reading group at any time. You’re also invited to apply to present or participate in an any in-person workshop in your area. 



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