International Monetary Fund’s Sean Hagan Speaks on IMF’s Evolving Role

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On Thursday, Feb. 11, students, faculty and staff will have the chance to join Sean Hagan, general counsel and director of the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) legal department, at UNC School of Law for a talk about the future of the IMF.

“The Evolving Role of the International Monetary Fund” is co-sponsored by the Human Rights Policy Lab and the Center for Banking and Finance at UNC School of Law. Hagan will speak at noon in classroom 5048, and the discussion will move to boardroom 5003 at 12:50 p.m.

Hagan has been general counsel and director of the legal department at the IMF since 2004, where he advises the fund’s management, board and membership on all legal aspects of the organization’s operations, including its regulatory, advisory and lending functions.

Hagan will address how international law functions in the realm of the IMF, the changing role of the IMF including a new set of responsibilities as a result of the explosion of international capital markets since the inception of the institution, and the challenges of governance issues in order to achieve political legitimacy and global financial stability.

“Sean Hagan provides critical insight into the mechanisms of international law, and the purposes and motivations of nations to surrender their sovereignty and closely cooperate to achieve global economic stability,” says Deborah M. Weissman, Reef C. Ivey II Distinguished Professor of Law, who teaches the Human Rights Policy Lab. “His expertise on these matters has great relevance to the enforcement of treaty obligations in the realm of human rights.”

Prior to beginning work at the IMF, Hagan was in private practice, first in New York and subsequently in Tokyo. Hagan received his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center and his Master of Science degree in international political economy from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Watch a recording of the lecture.

-January 21, 2016

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