“DebtCon” Sovereign Debt Conference to convene experts, policymakers

The Biennial “DebtCon” conference was launched at Georgetown Law in January 2016, and is returning here after a turn at the Graduate Institute in Geneva in October 2017. Georgetown’s Institute of International Economic Law will host DebtCon3 in Washington, D.C. … Continue Reading

WTO goes Marbury v. Madison

I wake up to the following news on twitter: BREAKING: WTO issues bombshell ruling, saying Russia was right to invoke Article 21 “national security” exemption to impose trade restrictions on Ukraine. Potential win for @realDonaldTrump who uses national security as … Continue Reading

Are Cryptocurrencies Best Understood as Currencies?

Bitcoin’s meteoric rise throughout 2017 was accompanied by a growing assumption by some in the marketplace that a cryptocurrency might appreciate in perpetuity given the success of a network, as might the value of shares in a company.  But, as Dan … Continue Reading

Basel Committee Issues New Crypto Asset Warning

The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) issued a statement on “crypto-assets,” highlighting that new financial products related to crypto have the potential to increase the risks to banks who engage in digital or crypto assets. This is, notably, at the least, … Continue Reading

Looking forward to assisting ESMA working group

I’m delighted to join the Consultative Working Group for ESMA’s Financial Innovation Standing Committee.  Later this week I’ll be giving a presentation on the policy tradeoffs arising between innovation, regulatory clarity and market integrity. 

Cecilia Malmström to deliver Memorial Lecture for Georgetown’s International Trade Update

I’m absolutely delighted and looking forward to introducing the European’s Commissioner for Trade, Cecilia Malmströmfor Georgetown’s 2019 John J. Greenwald memorial lecture.  Commissioner Malmström will discuss transatlantic trade relations and the EU’s upcoming trade agenda for the law school’s International … Continue Reading

Looking forward to Co-Hosting the Congressional Black Caucus for Black History Month

I’m delighted to partner up once again with FSP tomorrow night to cohost incoming members of the Congressional Black Caucus in celebration of Black History Month. My welcome remarks on behalf of Georgetown’s IIEL will focus on fintech–and financial inclusion.

Blockchain Invulnerability Under Scrutiny

Once hailed as unhackable, blockchains are now getting hacked.  More and more security holes are appearing in cryptocurrency and smart contract platforms, and some are fundamental to the way they were built.  The story from MIT’s Technology review is here. … Continue Reading

Georgetown’s Global Trade Academy Gears Up February 11

Trade law and policy is front and center in today’s business climate, on the news and in election debates around the globe.  Each year, Global Trade Academy (GTA) cohorts meet in a seminar-like atmosphere on the Georgetown Law campus to … Continue Reading

Now that the shutdown is over….

….I’m happy to be pitching in as the newest member of the CFTC’s Virtual Currency Subcommittee.  It’s interesting and important work, and I look forward to dialoguing with the so many of our nation’s experts on such forward-looking work.