Finance and Human Rights: Connecting the Dots

Melbourne Law School Room 224, Level 9 185 Pelham Street Carlton VIC 3053

GELN Seminar presented by Professor Daniel D Bradlow

Historically, the financial sector provides support to the real economy, thereby contributing to the wealth, resilience, stability and the degree of inequality in a society. However, in recent years it has been performing sub-optimally. One reason is that those who are responsible for designing and implementing the financial sector’s regulatory frameworks are paying insufficient attention to understanding all the impacts of financial regulations and financial activity thereby increasing the risk that financial institutions and their regulators are incorrectly calculating the costs and benefits of their actions.

This presentation seeks to answer the following question; would a human rights analysis add value to the quality of the functioning of the financial sector. Its hypothesis is that the quality of the regulation and operation of the financial sector would be improved if decision-makers incorporated a human rights analysis into their decision-making processes.


About the speaker

Daniel D Bradlow is SARCHI Professor of International Development Law and African Economic Relations at the University of Pretoria and Professor Emeritus, American University Washington College of Law. He was previously the first Head of the International Economic Relations and Policy Department at the South African Reserve Bank, and Director of the International Legal Studies Program at American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C.  He is a member of the Advisory Group for OECD project on Responsible Business Conduct in the Financial Sector. He has also served as the Chair of the Roster of Experts for the Independent Review Mechanism at the African Development Bank; as a member of the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights Working Group on Extractive Industries, the Environment and Human Rights; the International Law Association’s Committee on Accountability of International Organizations,  as an Advisor to the Global Initiative on Fiscal Transparency, as a Senior Special Fellow in the Legal Aspects of Debt and Financial Management Programme of the United National Institute on Training and Research (UNITAR); and has worked as a consultant to numerous international organizations including the World Bank, World Commission on Dams, the Commonwealth Secretariat and  the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. He has also published a number of books and articles on a broad range of topics including public international law, the international law applicable to international financial institutions, foreign direct investment, reform of international financial institutions, global economic governance and the legal issues arising from large projects.

Other publications by Professor Danny Bradlow are available here