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
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