International conference on Law, Finance and Sustainability

The Sheffield Institute of Corporate and Commercial Law (SICCL), in collaboration with the project Sustainable Market Actors for Responsible Trade (SMART), hosts the international conference on ‘Law, Finance and Sustainability’.

This is the third in our series of highly-successful "Law and Money" conferences which have featured leading finance and banking scholars from around the world. Photo: Miran Rajavec CC by 2.0

Conference background

Sustainability – in its environmental, economic and social forms – is the most pressing challenge facing humanity, and is at the core of much contemporary thought and discourse. This is increasingly true in financial markets, where investors and institutions are in many cases required to consider sustainability and sustainable development when making their investment decisions.  More than ever, high-level consideration is being given to factors such as environmental risks, climate change, and corporate social responsibility at both public and private levels. Financial institutions, investors and governments play crucial roles in determining project funding, and law and regulation play a vital in delimiting and enhancing sustainable approaches to financial Investment.

Regulators and legislators in many jurisdictions have incorporated references to sustainability into regulatory guidance and relevant legal instruments. Unfortunately, many of these requirements are weak and have little power to bind those in control of financial capital. Recent political developments – especially the rise of populist factions in the U.S. and Europe – threaten to derail the sustainable finance movement, and claims are again being made by some that economic growth and sustainability are incompatible. In light of promises of a return to 20th century industrial strategies and the relentless pursuit of “job creation” and growth at the expense of environmental considerations, the importance of re-emphasising sustainable business practices has never been greater.

This conference is intended to allow for the critical discussion of law and finance in this context. It will be of interest to academics, policymakers, regulators and practitioners in any area of law, regulation, finance, economics, politics, political economy, sociology, management and/or business.


Confirmed speakers and programme

Professor Christopher Bruner (University of Georgia)

Professor Virginia Harper Ho (University of Kansas)

Dr. Paul Fisher (University of Cambridge)

Professor David Campbell (University of Lancaster)

Professor Andrew Johnston (University of Sheffield)


The programme is available for this event.


There is no registration fee for the conference. Lunch, and light refreshments will be provided for all participants during the conference. Speakers will also be invited to our speakers’ dinner, free of charge. Please be advised that at present we are not able to cover funds for travel and accommodation.

Register here.


Dr. Jay Cullen, School of Law, the University of Sheffield: 






Published June 20, 2017 11:33 AM - Last modified Oct. 16, 2018 10:47 AM