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The alchemist’s autonomy: a private law principle in the world of finance

Posted on by Matthias Haentjens in

Five years ago, Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy. Since then, law makers have proposed a tremendous amount of rules so as to contain the current crisis, as well as to prevent the next one. These rules aim to serve general welfare, but they also restrict the autonomy of bankers and their counterparties. This means an infringement of a basic private law principle. In his lecture, Haentjens shows how lawmakers should weigh general welfare against this autonomy principle.

By expressing his inaugural lecture on 27 September 2013 Professor Matthias Haentjens is accepting his appointment as professor of Financial Law at the Leiden Law School of Leiden University.

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