16/01/2014, Frankfurt am Main, The Challenges of International Banking Regulation and Supervision after 1945

The Challenges of International Banking Regulation and Supervision after 1945

16.01.2014-17.01.2014, Frankfurt am Main, Frankfurt School of Management & Finance, Sonnemannstrasse 9-11

Organised by the EABH (The European Association for Banking and Financial History), the ESRC-funded project ‘The Development of International Financial Regulation and Supervision (1961-1982)’, University of Glasgow and the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management


Financial regulation and supervision has gained prominence in the public debate over the past few years. The aim of this conference is to contextualise discussions about financial regulation and supervision since 1945, in particular by providing a historical perspective to current debates. We want to bring together different approaches – legal, economic, political science/political economy, historical – in order to enrich and widen the debate about international regulation and supervision.

The questions that will be addressed include:

•    What were/are the obstacles to an effective international banking regulation and/or supervision?
•    Have lessons been learnt from previous banking crises?
•    Can we draw parallels between our current predicament and the international banking crises of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s?
•    Why and how has the governance of banking regulation and supervision evolved since 1945 — i.e. between the national, international and supranational levels?
•    What have been the driving forces and conflicting interests behind this evolution?
•    Has it really created a global ‘level playing field’, or has the international governance of banking regulation and supervision become too complex for its own good?


Conference Programme


Thursday, 16 January 2014


13:30-15:00 Welcome – Udo Steffens (Frankfurt School of Finance & Management) and Horst Löchel (Frankfurt School of Finance & Management)

Introduction & Keynote Speech – Catherine Schenk (University of Glasgow)

15:00-15:30 Coffee Break


SESSION 1: Case Studies A


15:30-16:00 The Banking Sector in Uruguay between 1938 and 1965: The Role of Bank Regulation in State-led Industrialisation and Monetary Policy – Gastón Díaz and Cecilia Moreira (Universidad de la República)

16:00-16:30 Two Banking Crises and Two Regulatory Responses Compared: Spain, 1976-1984 and 2007-2013 – Concha Betrán (University of Valencia), María A. Pons (University of Valencia) and Pablo Martín-Aceña (University of Alcala-Madrid)

16:30-17:00 The Building of a Banking Supervision in the French-African Monetary Unions at the Turn of the African Independence (from 1950s to 1960s) – Vincent Duchaussoy (Banque de France)

17:00-17:30 Coffee Break


SESSION II: Case Studies B


17:30-18:00 Opens internal link in current windowFinancial Market Regulation in Germany under the Special Focus of Capital Requirements of Financial Institutions – Daniel Detzer (Berlin School of Economics and Law)

18.00-18:30 Opens internal link in current windowCommercial Banking Regulation, Supervision and Performance in Denmark after the 1980s-1990s Banking Crisis – Ali Abou-Zeinab (University of Lund)

19:30 Dinner


Friday, 17 January 2014


SESSION III: International and Global Dimension


09:00-09:30 Opens internal link in current windowThe Basel Committee on Banking Supervision: A Global Network? – Alexis Drach (European University Institute)

09:30-10:00 The Failed European Banking Union: The Development of Banking Regulation and Supervision in Western Europe, 1960s-1970s – Emmanuel Mourlon-Druol (University of Glasgow)

10:00-10:30 Opens internal link in current windowGentlemen and Players: Self-regulation in International Banking in the 1970s – Catherine Schenk (University of Glasgow)

10:30-11:30 Coffee Break


11:30-12:30 EABH Lunch Hour

followed by a lunch buffet


Banking Union for Europe: Burden or Benefit?

The recent banking crisis highlighted the need for swift and decisive action by EU-level funding arrangements. As the European Central Bank (ECB) takes over its role as Single Supervisory Authority in the Euro-zone, there is an opportunity to take stock of current developments in international financial regulation and supervision, and provide insights into possible future directions. This round table will discuss these developments in their wider context, their impact on the real economy, and the pros and cons for the different stakeholders.

It will offer an interdisciplinary perspective, across law, history and economics, and involve both, academics and policy-makers. What is the role of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision in current debates? What are the main challenges that the ECB will face as Single Supervisory Authority? What are the prospects and limits of creating a European banking union? Which lessons can be drawn from previous efforts to harmonise European banking?

For more details see the conference’s website: http://supervision.eabh.info/ or www.bank-reg.co.uk/.

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