Innovation in Governance of Development Finance:
Causes, Consequences and the Role of Law


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Maninder Malli, Rivana Mezaya and May Miller-Dawkins
LL.M. candidates, New York University School of Law

Monday April 8, 2013

Session 1 : 9:00 - 10:40 am
Introductory themes

9:00 am                  Welcome

9:05 am
Annalisa Prizzon, Overseas Development Institute
Old puzzles, new pieces: Implications of the new development finance landscape for post-2015 scenarios and for partner countries

9:25 am
Philipp Dann, University of Giessen, Kevin Davis, New York University School of Law and Benedict Kingsbury, New York University School of Law
Introductory themes

9:45 am                    Discussion

10:05 am
Martin Eifert, Humboldt University
The concept of innovation and its (difficult) application to development finance law
Conference handout: PDF

10:25 am                  Discussion

10:40 am                 Coffee Break
Session 2 : 11:00 - 11:55 am
World Bank innovation in financing instruments 

11:00 am
Devesh Kapur, University of Pennsylvania
Rethinking the financial design of the World Bank

11:15 am
Philipp Dann, University of Giessen
World Bank Program-for-Results financing
Conference handout: The World Bank's Program-for-Results Financing: Central but timid instrument for the "Age of Choice"?

11:30 am
Laurence Boisson de Chazournes, University of Geneva / Senior Emile Noël Fellow, New York University School of Law, discussant


11:55 am                    Break
Session 3 : 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm        
World Bank innovation in non-financing instruments and borrower approaches  

12:00 pm
Michael Riegner, University of Giessen
Innovation at the "Knowledge Bank": the role of law

12:15 pm
Marie von Engelhardt, University of Giessen
The World Bank's engagement with fragile states: law in the service of development

12:30 pm                   
Vikram Raghavan, World Bank, discussant


1:00 pm                    Lunch Break
Session 4 : 2:00 - 3:00 pm      
Corruption / Rule of law

2:00 pm
Kevin Davis, New York University School of Law

Anti-corruption in development banking

2:15 pm
Michael Woolcock, World Bank/Harvard Kennedy School
The missing middle: reconfiguring rule of law reform as if politics and process mattered

2:30 pm
Jean Touchette, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
, discussant                     


Session 5 : 3:00 - 4:10 pm                
Sovereign borrowing

3:00 pm
Anna Gelpern, American University Washington College of Law
Between contract and statute in sovereign debt
Background reading: Hard, soft and embedded: Implementing principles on promoting responsible sovereign lending and borrowing

3:15 pm
Matthias Goldmann, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law
Sovereign debt and fiscal policy innovation

3:30 pm
Katharina Pistor, Columbia Law School
The innovation that wasn’t: sovereign debt contracts and the structure of global finance

3:45 pm                      Discussion

4:10 pm                      Break
Session 6 : 4:30 - 5:30 pm
Private philanthropic financing and governance

4:30 pm
Tim Büthe, Duke University
Private aid flows

4:45 pm
David Gartner, Arizona State University
Innovative financing and global health

5:00 pm                      Discussion

Tuesday April 9, 2013

Session 7 : 9:00 - 10:15 am
New financiers: China and India

9:00 am
Roselyn Hsueh, Temple University
Who wins? China wires Africa: the cases of Angola and Nigeria

9:15 am
James T. Gathii, Loyola University Chicago
Making technology transfers a key component of resource extraction and construction contracts in Africa

9:30 am
Rani Mullen, College of William and Mary/Centre for Policy Research
India’s development assistance: Will it change the global development finance paradigm?

9:45 am
David Malone, Rector of the United Nations University, discussant

10:15 am                       Break
Session 8 : 10:45 am - 12:30 pm
Innovative state activities and public-private partnerships

10:45 am
Michael Trebilcock, University of Toronto Faculty of Law
Infrastructure public-private partnerships in the developing world: lessons from recent experience

11:00 am
David Trubek, University of Wisconsin Law School
and Mario Schapiro, FGV Law School
Innovation and finance in the political economy of Brazil: the role of BNDES

11:15 am
Gaston Pierri, University of Alcalá
Development policy, innovation and law in Latin America: Argentine, Brazilian and Chilean conditional cash transfer programs in comparative perspective

11:30 am
Dudi Rulliadi, Melbourne Law School
Guarantee fund in Indonesian public-private partnership (PPP): international design as domestic innovation

11:45 am
Mariana Mota Prado, University of Toronto, discussant


Session 9 : 12:30 - 1:00 pm


Related events

The conference was followed by an informal event on Technologies and Effects of Inter-Institutional Interaction in FH910, 2:00 - 5:40 pmMore details here.

Related:  Report of April 2012 IILJ Workshop on Analyzing and Shaping Inter-Institutional Relations in Global Governance; GAL Network

On Wednesday morning, there was an informal workshop on the Law and Governance of Development Co-operation, showcasing the work of four doctoral students from Professor Philipp Dann's Schumpeter Research Group.  The workshop took place in Furman Hall 310, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.  Further details are available here.  The program is available here.