Italian Academy, 1161 Amsterdam Ave.
15 September 2016
1.00 pm to 6.15 pm

Doors open at 12.30 pm

Columbia Law School, in association with the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America, presents a major conference examining the implications of the Brexit referendum for the competing forces of integration and fragmentation both within the European Union and around the world. Although solutions to many current challenges seem dependent on joint action, the ensuing process of disintegration has called into question the viability of other multilateral projects.

An international roster of highly distinguished speakers from academia, business and government, convened in three panels, will share views on:

  • European Integration after the Brexit Vote
  • The Political Challenges of Economic Integration
  • The Prospect of Disintegration and the Future of Global Business
Free and open to the public.

1.00pm – 1.15pm Welcome Remarks

David Freedberg, Director, Italian Academy
Gillian Lester, Dean, Columbia Law School

1.15pm – 2:45pm European Integration after the Brexit Vote

John Authers, Senior Investment Commentator, Financial Times
Armando Varricchio, Ambassador, Italian Embassy to the United States
Sir John Vickers, Professor, Oxford University
Joseph Weiler, Professor, NYU Law School

Moderator: Anu Bradford, Professor, Columbia Law School

3.00pm – 4.30pm The Political Challenges of Economic Integration

Paul Craig, Professor, Oxford University
Mark Leonard, Director, European Council on Foreign Relations
Andrew Moravcsik, Professor, Princeton University
Constanze Stelzenmüller, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

Moderator: Katharina Pistor, Professor, Columbia Law School

4.45pm – 6:15pm The Prospect of Disintegration and the Future of Global Business

Christopher Bates, Partner, Clifford Chance (London)
Leonard Ng, Partner, Sidley (London)
Kristen Silverberg, Ambassador, Institute of International Finance

Moderator: Edward Greene, Lecturer in Law, Columbia Law School; Partner, Cleary Gottlieb

The conference is free and open to the public, but registration is recommended by submitting an RSVP here.


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