Europeanisation of the Payment System

Siena, Italy

23-25 October 2014

Within the framework of the Jean Monnet Teaching Module on the "Europeanisation of the payment system", the Department of Business and Law of the University of Siena has the pleasure of inviting international academics and professionals working in the field of payment systems to submit proposals for papers. The participation of Ph.D. and tenure track scholars is particularly welcome.

We welcome proposals from scholars working in the fields of law, political economics, economics, sociology, management, cultural studies, anthropology or any other discipline seeking to engage seriously with the questions posed:

  • Building up the EU-based payment system is a long-standing process. What can the historical development of the European integration process and, above all, banking history teach us?

  • The process of integrating European payment services has made many steps forward. There are Community rules for service providers, framework contracts, contract remedies and a duty of information, in addition to regulatory and technical standards for direct debit, card payments and credit transfers. How are Community-based rules changing domestic jurisdictions?

  • In an EU-based payment system, financial and banking intermediaries perform a critical role. What about the new service providers (for example m-payment services)?

  • Money is also a means of membership and the EU law on money may contribute to create  a sense of Community identity. What kind of "money" could improve the relationship between the European Community and the individual citizen?

  • The European Union claims to be a pluralistic community. How should "cultural pluralism" be accommodated in the EU-based payment system?

  • In the process of building up a Community-based payment system, there is a trade-off between competition and stability. What kind of balance can be reached?

  • The EU-based payment system framework covers all Member States. How does the dualism between Euro and non-Euro Countries challenge the Europeanisation of the payment system?

  • What should we expect from monetary policy and European Central Bank with regard to money as a reserve of value?

  • How does the EU-payment system match up with the political vision of Europe?   

The event is a three-day workshop to be held at the University of Siena from 23rd to 25th October, 2014. The workshop will be held in English and no translation services will be provided.   

Submission procedure: please, send your abstract of max. 300 words by 30 June together with a short C.V. to the following address: The selected authors will be informed by 15th July. The full paper is required by the end of September.

Those giving papers will be provided with accommodation (up to three nights) for the duration of the workshop.

The selected papers may be published, subject to a blind peer-review process, in a special issue of "Ianus", the review of the Business and Law Department.



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