New Issues of Finance and Currency

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About this event

New issues of finance and currency are arising, ranging from new international development banks to new technology and digital currency. They appear to be profoundly affected international economic order in crucial aspects (e.g., new institutions, and regulatory challenges).

This panel discussed the following crucial issues, which help us to explore the new landscape of the world economy.

  • Will new international development banks re‐configure international economic development discourses?
  • What are the legal responses of central bank digital currency, particularly based on the proposals of China, Eurozone, and the United States?
  • How to regulate blockchain?


Professor Heng Wang

Professor Heng Wang is co-director of Herbert Smith Freehills China International Business and Economic Law (CIBEL) Centre, UNSW Law & Justice. Heng was named Australia's research field leader in international law by The Australian newspaper’s Research 2020 magazine. He has been a recipient of major awards and grants. His work explores the future of international economic development, often from Chinese and regional perspectives. His present focus is on law and technology particularly central bank digital currency. He has advised or spoken at events organized by international organizations and institutions (e.g., APEC, BIS, ICC, UNCITRAL, WTO), and the private sector. He is regularly interviewed by the media.


Dr Josef Ostransky

Dr Josef Ostřanský is Max Weber Fellow at the EUI who specializes in international economic law, international dispute settlement, theory and history of international law, law and political economy, and socio-legal approaches to international law.

Prior to joining the EUI, Josef held Visiting Fellow positions at the PUC-Direito, Rio de Janeiro, FGV-Rio Law School, and the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet), at the Australian National University. Before that, he was a lecturer at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, where he taught international commercial and investment arbitration at the Geneva LL.M. He is currently launching two new research projects: one that focuses on China’s making of transnational investment law along the Belt & Road, with specific focus on East Africa; and the other that is investigating the law and politics of the emerging Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) landscape.

Mr Da Ke

Mr Da Ke, a third-year PhD student from Peking University Law School, an LLM student from Dedman Law School of Southern Methodist University. Mr Da Ke’s research area is financial law, especially focusing on the regulation on digital currencies and CBDC.

Ms Katarzyna Ziolkowska

Ms Katarzyna Ziolkowska is a PhD candidate at the University of Warsaw (PL) and a Research Intern at the University of Malta (MT). She is currently working on her dissertation on the legal framework of the use of distributed ledger technologies in the public administration and advising the Warsaw Stock Exchange on legal aspects related to the designing and developing of a DLT-based token trading platform.


Dr Jason Allen

Dr Jason Allen is a Senior Research Fellow at the Humboldt University Berlin and a Research Affiliate at the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance. Jason studied law at the University of Tasmania, followed by a LLM in international economic law at the University of Augsburg and a PhD at the University of Cambridge. His research is focussed on law and emerging technologies, and on the law of money in particular. His first book (on the judicial review of non-statutory executive powers) is forthcoming with the CUP, and a volume on “smart legal contracts” (with P.G. Hunn) is forthcoming with the OUP early 2022. Jason teaches on the Cambridge Judge Business School “Fintech and Regulatory Innovation” executive education programme, is a member of a UNIDROIT working group on digital assets, and is chair of the Tasmanian Chapter of the Australian Society for Computers and Law.