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LSE students and staff join world leaders to predict and shape our global future

Illustration of Dollar signs surrounding the EarthStudents and staff from LSE joined world leaders and Nobel Prize-winning thinkers today for an international conference aimed at re-shaping the global economic and political order.

The New World, New Capitalism symposium in Paris was opened by French President Nicolas Sarkozy, former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Over the next two days it will consider how society, capitalism and justice will evolve in the face of world financial crisis and to examine what progressive action the world needs to take. The three themes discussed at the conference are: Values of New Capitalism, Globalisation and Social Justice and How Can We Regulate Capitalism?

LSE Director Howard Davies and LSE Professors David Held and Danny Quah respectively prepared discussion papers on the three conference themes. Howard Davies will also participate as a guest panelist in the session on regulation responding to an opening speech from the President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

As one of two academic partners in the conference, LSE has sent 70 graduate students to participate in the event. Among them is Gong Cheng, a student on the double Masters degree in international relations with Sciences Po. Cheng will be an official discussant in the conference's session on Globalisation and Social Justice, following a keynote speech by Pascal Lamy, Director-General of the World Trade Organisation, and responses by panellists including Professor Joseph Stiglitz, a winner of the Nobel Prize for Economics.

LSE students attending the event are pursuing Masters or PhD degrees in a range of subject areas. They opened their visit to Paris with a dinner hosted by fellow students from Sciences Po, one of LSE's institutional partners and the other academic partner in the conference.

LSE pro-director (Research and External Relations) Sarah Worthington said:

'LSE is very pleased to be involved in this important conference in a way that enables our students to gain experience with so many leading thinkers and political leaders.'

The papers submitted to the conference by Howard Davies, David Held and Danny Quah.


8 January 2009