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LSE students join world leaders to propose global economic and financial reforms

A group of staff and students from LSE are participating in an international conference together with world leaders and Nobel Prize winners to propose global economic, financial and political reforms.

LSE students are attending a conference in Paris with world leadersThe New World, New Capitalism symposium in Paris, which begins today (Thursday), will also examine the progress made so far in tackling the global economic disaster.

The event, which is in its second year, has been organised by French minister Eric Besson and is taking place at the Ecole Militaire.

French President Nicholas Sarkozy opened this year's conference, accompanied by Portugese Prime Minister Jose Socrates.

The three themes being discussed at the three-day conference are: How Well Did We Manage the Crisis; New World, New Governance; and After the Crisis: Should We Change Our Vision of the World?

It will consider questions such as whether the right measures have been taken to avoid financial crisis in the future, and what type of political-economic system we should move towards.

As an academic partner in the conference, LSE has sent thirty graduate students from a variety of subject areas, along with Maurice Fraser, senior fellow in European politics, and Razeen Sally, senior lecturer in international political economy. LSE Director Howard Davies is a panellist for the New World, New Governance session. Students from Sciences Po, Columbia University and Peking University - all of which are institutional partners of LSE - are also participating in the event.

New to the conference this year is a series of student roundtable discussions. PhD students Natali Bulamacioglu, Steve Coulter, Derek Valles, John Kuong and Mohammad Vesal have been selected to represent LSE in these discussions, which opened yesterday and were followed by a cocktail dinner hosted by Minister Besson.


7 January 2010