Organised by the International Law at Westminster research group, the conference ‘Adrift in the European Crisis: interrogating the impact of global and regional legal reforms on economic rights’ emphasised the role of law in planning for a return to growth.

Sponsored by the Manchester Journal of International Economic Law (MJIEL), the conference gave leading academics the opportunity to discuss the impact of the economic crisis on law and the role of law reform in paving a path to prosperity.

Key speakers included Dr Theodore Konstadinides (University of Surrey), Professor Luca Boggio (Catholic University of Milan) and Dr Roderic O’Gorman (Dublin City University). Conference delegates discussed topics such as austerity and conditionality, the sovereign debt crisis, and the evolving powers of the European Central Bank and US Federal Reserve. A key message conveyed was that law, while not preconditioned to economic development, is still a key component of any planning for a return to growth.

Papers presented in the conference will be submitted for publication in a special issue of the MJIEL, with the aim of informing policy makers on the contribution law reform can make in dealing with the evolving economic crisis.

Dr Ioannis Glinavos, Senior Lecturer in Law at Westminster Law School, has also commented on Greece and the euro crisis in an article on why leaving the euro is back on the agenda in the Greek election for The Conversation. Dr Glinavos is currently researching foreign investor rights in the context of the economic crisis, focussing on investment arbitrations in the European Periphery.

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