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Mission and Purpose. 

The International Academy for Social and Economic Development is a non profit, independent and apolitical association, based in Rome and Brussels. 

The mission of the International Academy is to facilitate the building of a global ethic that should constitute the common matrix for a new economic order and a paradigm of long-term development based on the intercultural and interdisciplinary dialogue, and on the interaction among state, market and society

The purpose of the International Academy is to reaffirm an integral and multidisciplinary approach to humanities, social sciences, economics and legal studies. 

It is necessary to create reasoning links to learn from each other and to search a common methodological consensus that goes beyond disciplinary borders in order to re-establish ethical basis and new economic thinking for integral human development and effective legal order in a multicultural society. 

To foster its activities the Academy organises conferences, symposium, seminars, courses, research, report, and publications and offers study grants. 

Within its mission and purposes the International Academy has promoted and developed the project “Global Regulation, Ethics and Economics Network” (G.R.E.E.N.). 

The G.R.E.E.N. Project - “Global Rules, Ethics and Economics Network” is a global research partnership among five academic center of excellence: the Observatoire Français des Conjonctures économiques (OFCE) at Institut d'études politiques de Paris; the Law and Financial Market Project (LFMP) at London School of Economics; the Centro di Ricerca per il diritto d’impresa (CERADI) at LUISS University, Rome; The School of Economics, University of Tor Vergata, Rome. 

This platform of dialogue has the primary goal a re-elaboration of ethical values and principles, global regulation and international standards, economic models and its practical application for global governance, international trade and finance, long-term policies and investments, stability and monetary policy, growth and sustainability, corporate governance and banking system. 

The head of each member institution is formally represented on the G.R.E.E.N. Steering Committee. The G.R.E.E.N. is presently focused on deepening the collaboration between its five member institutions. 



Sciences Po’s Economic Research Centre – The French Economic Observatory, or OFCE – is chaired by Jean-Paul Fitoussi, university professor at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Paris. The Observatory’s first chairman was Jean-Marcel Jeanneney, former minister and professor emeritus of the University of Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne. The OFCE is both a university research centre and an institution for forecasting and evaluating public policies. It brings together over 40 French and international researchers, including several internationally renowned research fellows and three Nobel Prize laureates. The OFCE is organized into four departments – Analysis & Forecasting, Research, Innovation & Competition, and Globalisation – which cover the main fields of theoretical and empirical research (macroeconomic theory, growth, social welfare systems, taxation, job policies, European construction, competition, regulations, industrial policy, globalisation, etc.). The OFCE’s mission is “to place the fruits of its scientific rigour and academic independence at the service of public economic debate”. The OFCE fulfils this mission by conducting theoretical and empirical research, participating in international scientific networks, maintaining a regular presence in the media, and cooperating closely with French and European public authorities. The OFCE publishes both a quarterly review and a monthly newsletter with in-depth analyses of pertinent subjects and issues of debate, as well as working papers. The Observatory also publishes annually several documents that bring together contributions from its specialists: L’Économie française, L’état de l’Union européenne, and the Report on the State of the European Union. 

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London School of Economics - Law and Financial Markets Project - LFMP is an academic and practitioner based initiative established by The London School of Economics and Political Science. Based in the LSE's Law Department, the Project, amongst other things, aims to bridge the gap between lawyers in the commercial world and those in academic institutions. It provides opportunities for UK and overseas lawyers to participate in the study and analysis of how law (including regulation) serves and interacts with financial market activity. The role of law in a highly competitive, international market place is high on the Project's agenda, as is its role in facilitating investment in developing countries. Areas where the law requires reform or a greater degree of harmonisation or certainty, whether in England, the EU or elsewhere, are also a key feature. The Project provides a framework for (a) collaborative work such as workshops, seminars and collective writing projects and (b) a research group involving not only LSE staff but also lawyers and others from outside academia seeking to explore issues in a mixed academic/practitioner environment. The Project involves the LSE Law Department's established experts in related fields such as EU, regulatory, criminal and insolvency law working together with finance lawyers to study the application in practice of legal developments in those fields in the specific context of the financial markets. The Director of the Project is Roger McCormick, a Visiting Professor at LSE with many years' experience as a partner in a leading City law firm. 

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The School of Economics at University of Tor Vergata has always considered cross-cultural activities and international exchanges as an important and fundamental aspect of educational programmes and research activities. The Tor Vergata campus was founded in 1982 in the southern part of Rome. The School of Economics has approximately 4,000 students enrolled. It hosts a library with more than thirty-thousand catalogued monographs and over twothousand magazines and scientific journals (many of which available on line), a data processing centre, a language lab, an Erasmus office and a graduates’ employment opportunities office which promotes links between graduates and enterprises. In 2006, for the fourth consecutive year, the School of Economics was ranked first in the Italian universities. An important institution for international relations is the Centre for Economic and International Studies (CEIS). Created in 1987, CEIS is part of the School of Economics of the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”. Its aim is to promote advanced training and research activities in the field of economics. CEIS organises seminars and conferences, establishes joint programmes with other universities, national institutions and international organisations, and also organises research in all fields of economics. Research is carried out not only by members of CEIS, but also by appointed scholars from other institutions. The Dean of the school of Economics is Michele Bagella. 

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LUISS University - Centro di Ricerca per il Diritto di Impresa - CERADI was established on March 12, 1986 with the LUISS Guido Carli University, in order to study and research the law of enterprises. According to its by-laws, the Center: promotes and supports the research activity of the University; carries out researches of general interest upon request of other entities and research centers; organizes lectures, seminars, conferences and other related activities, which promote research; grants certificates; publishes the results of the studies of the researches through reports; enters into agreements with other universities or research centers, either in Italy or abroad, in order to perform the tasks indicated above; provides assistance to researchers, on an annual basis and for no more than five candidates per year, with contributions and upon indication of entities, associations and other bodies, either Italian or foreign. Archivio Ceradi is the on-line Review of CERADI. Its aim is to provide the documentation of the research activities of the Center, presenting the works which have been completed and, if appropriate, the research materials of the ongoing activities. Accordingly, the documents may include preliminary observations on recent legislative acts, comments of judicial opinions, reports on seminars and conferences organized by the Center or attended by researchers of the Center. The review is constantly updated on the basis of the advancement of the research activities. For those contributions which are deemed worthy of publication through the press, the latter mostly occurs in addition to the publication on-line. The Director of CERADI is Gustavo Visentini, full professor of Commercial Law. 

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G.R.E.E.N. has a global structure for two reasons: membership is trans-national as well as the institutions involved. G.R.E.E.N. is intended to be innovative in education and research, and bringing together world class academics, policy makers and leading practitioners to analyse both public and private solutions to global problems and issues. 

The project is focused on widespread ethical, legal, social and economic global issues in order to set a strong connection between thinking and practical application towards a sustainable development for a really human-based ecology. 

G.R.E.E.N. promotes workshop, public lectures, seminars, research group, collective papers, and publications. 

Areas of Interest. 

The objective of the Global Rules, Ethics and Economics Network (G.R.E.E.N.) is to outline the most urgent challenges of the 21st century in the specific context of : 

1) Central Bank and Monetary Policy

2) Welfare Economy and Public Policy

3) Regulation for Global Financial Markets

4) Corporate Governance and Legal Risk Management in Financial Institutions

5) International Law, Trade and Arbitrage 

6) Comparative Corporate Law and Take Over 

7) Ethics and Finance

8) Business and Responsible Investment


G.R.E.E.N. aims to do this through: 

1) innovative and interdisciplinary theoretical and empirical research, sector studies, and annual report. 

2) sound collaboration between various academic disciplines – and other social sciences- in order to formulate integral answers to pressing global issues. 3) high quality publications that are accessible to researchers and practitioners alike. 4) conferences, public lectures and events that bring teachers, researchers and policy-makers together. 



The GREEN’s initiatives will be directly financed by the International Academy, within its activities of fund raising, and by the existing members. Private and public organizations could be involved as financial partners to implement the G.R.E.E.N. Project’s research activities. 



On Febraury 5th 2010, the International Academy’s Board appointed the Executive Director and the Steering Committee, that will manage the G.R.E.E.N. Project and will meet at least once a year and more often, if necessary. 

They will, at its first meeting, formally adopt a statement of the G.R.E.E.N. PROJECT’s purposes, objectives and procedures. 

The Executive Director and the Steering Committee will be responsible for determining the G.R.E.E.N. Project’s programmes and priorities. They shall also be responsible for ensuring the efficient use of the resources and for the approval of the budget and the workplan for the coming year. 

Within 2010, the Executive Director and the Steering Committee will meet to set an agenda of activities and events to date and the managerial capacity of its existing members before considering whether to invite additional institutions to join. 


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