The Institute for European Studies of the ULB has the pleasure of inviting you, in collaboration with its partner faculties, to the opening of the academic year 2020-2021 on November 12, 2020.

Europe will be forged in crises… but prevention would be better!

This is the provocative title of the conference by Peter Praet, Executive Board member of the ECB and its Chief economist from 2011 to 2019. The conference will be followed by a dialogue with Antoine Vauchez, CNRS Research Professor (Directeur de recherche) in political sociology and law at the Centre européen de sociologie et de science politique (Université Paris 1-Sorbonne) and visiting professor at the IEE-ULB.

About Peter Praet

Peter Praet was Executive Board member of the ECB and its Chief economist from 2011 to 2019. In this capacity he was responsible for preparing the monetary policy meetings and making the proposals for the policy decisions.

From 2011 to 2014 he was also in charge of budget, organisation and human resources of the ECB, a period which includes the establishment of the Single Supervisory Mechanism.

Peter Praet gained a PhD in economics from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). He was an economist at the International Monetary Fund (1978-1980), Professor of Economics at ULB (1980-1987) and Chief economist of Générale de Banque, subsequently Fortis Bank (1987-1999).

From 1999 to 2000 he was Chief of Staff of the Minister of Finance of Belgium, particularly involved a redesign of banking and insurance supervision.

In 2000 Peter Praet was appointed Executive Board member of the Central bank of Belgium (BNB/NBB), responsible for International Cooperation, Oversight of Financial and Payments Infrastructures and Financial Stability, a new activity for the central bank which he initiated.

Peter Praet has served on a number of high level international and european committees. In the BIS: the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS), the Committee on Payments and Settlement Systems (C PSS), the Committee on the Global Financial System (CGFS). In the European Union: the European Banking Authority (previously the Committee of European Banking Supervisors) and, as chair, the ECB Banking Supervision Committee (BSC). At the OECD he chaired Working Party 3 (2018-2019).

Peter Praet is Fellow ECARES Solvay School of Economics and Management, Université Libre de Bruxelles. Distinguished Fellow CEPR.

Antoine Vauchez

Antoine Vauchez is a CNRS Research Professor (Directeur de recherche) in political sociology and law at the Centre européen de sociologie et de science politique (Université Paris 1-Sorbonne). After graduating in political science at Sciences Po Paris (1993) and in public law at the Sorbonne (1995), he has received a Ph.D at the European University Institute (Florence, 2000). After being an lecturer at the Sorbonne department of political science (2000-2001), he has been a full-time researcher at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique ever since 2001 and a CNRS Research Professor since 2010. Over the years, he has been invited in a variety of universities : he has been a post-doctoral fellow at the American Bar Foundation (Northwestern University, 2000), a Marie Curie Fellow at the Robert Schuman Center (EUI, 2007-2009), a Senior Emile Noël fellow at New York University (2014), and a Visiting professor in a variety of universities (Copenhagen University, Columbia University, the Luiss in Rome and the International institute for the sociology of law in Spain).

His research engages in historical sociology, political sociology and critical sociology of law, researching extensively the interactions between forms of expertise, transnational knowledge communities and transnational politics with a particular emphasis on law and on the European Union. His publications cover a variety of disciplinary fields including law (European Law Journal, Law and Social Inquiry), sociology (American Journal of Sociology, International Political Sociology, Berliner Journal für Soziologie) and political science (European Political Science Research, Revue française de science politique, etc…).

Recently, he has published The Neoliberal Republic (Cornell University Press). He has authored a monograph providing a renewed narrative of Europe’s legal integration (L’Union par le droit, Paris, Presses de Sciences Po, 2013; an English-speaking version is forthcoming at the Cambridge University Press in January 2015) and an edited volume on the transnational field of European law with Bruno de Witte (Lawyering Europe. European Law as a Transnational Legal Field, Oxford, Hart, 2013) and an essay Démocratiser l’Europe (Seuil, 2014).

Practical information

Date: November 12th, 2020

Time:  6:00 p.m.

Place: Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management. Auditorium 4.502 

Registration is free, but mandatory