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In this ACLE Seminar, professors René Smits and Jaap Winter, will present recent book - Sustainable Finance and Climate Change: Law and Regulation.
Event details of ACLE Seminar with René Smits and Jaap Winter (University of Amsterdam)
18 June 2024
13:00 -14:15
A3.15 and online (see below)


An overview of the book’s 11 chapters edited by René Smits. The link to the book can be found here. Jaap Winter will introduce his perspective on corporate law developments, proposing that the era of unlimited externalisation of a company’s societal costs has come to an end (referencing the CSRD, CSDDD, Dutch Governance Code). René Smits will present how EU law mandates that the European Central Bank’s take climate change and biodiversity loss into account when pursuing price stability (monetary policy) and financial stability (micro-prudential supervision). This all, will be followed up by a discussion of the topics.


This event will be a hybrid event. The seminar will take place in Roeterseiland campus (REC) building A, room number A3.15, and will also be streamed online via Zoom.  

About the speakers 

René Smits is professor emeritus of the Law of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU), University of Amsterdam; consultant on EMU law, EU banking regulation and sustainable finance; member of the European Central Bank’s Administrative Board of Review. He has been general counsel of De Nederlandsche Bank (the Dutch central bank), assessor at the Belgian Competition Authority, and has been working in various legal capacities at the NMa, the Dutch Competition Authority and its successor ACM (Authority for Consumers & Markets). He is a member of the Committee on International Monetary Law of the International Law Association (MOCOMILA) and an Expert on the Panel of Recognized International Market Experts in Finance (P.R.I.M.E. Finance). He has published extensively on EMU and banking regulation-related topics. René is married with Anneke de Blieck; they have two children and five grandchildren.

On the lecture series on societal connection that professor emeritus Smits organised in the Spring of 2022 after winning the UvA teacher of the year award 2021, see these reflections.

Prof. Jaap Winter is partner of Phyleon leadership & governance that provides advisory services to boards of companies and other organisations on board leadership, dynamics and performance. His practice areas include corporate governance, M&A and corporate litigation. He is one of Europe’s leading corporate governance experts. He was member of the Tabaksblat Committee that drafted the first Dutch Corporate Governance Code in 2003. He chaired the High Level Group of Company Law Experts that advised the EU Commission on Corporate Law and Corporate Governance in the EU in 2001-2002. He is also professor of International Company Law at the University of Amsterdam and professor of Corporate Law, Governance and Behaviour at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. In addition, Jaap is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Royal Schiphol Group, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Erasmus Universiteit and Board member of ASR Nederland Continuity Foundation.

About ACLE

The Amsterdam Center for Law and Economics (ACLE) is a joint initiative of the Faculty of Economics and Business and the Faculty of Law at the University of Amsterdam. The objective of the ACLE is to promote high-quality interdisciplinary research at the intersection between law and economics.