The Centre for Banking & Finance Law (CBFL) at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore is holding a conference on the Future of Banking and Finance in the Digital Era on 9 - 10 March 2020. Speakers will present papers on a variety of topics addressing the conference theme. CBFL is making a limited number of places available via this call. 


Interested scholars should submit a title and abstract of not more than 3,500 characters, as well as a one-page biography (in jpeg format)  by 15 December 2019 using this online form.  Selection criteria will include the potential of the paper to contribute to the conference theme, and to the range and diversity of topics, as well as the potential for the paper to be published in a peer-reviewed journal. 

Successful applicants will be notified between 15 December 2019 and 15 January 2020. Working drafts must be submitted by 1 March 2020.

Paper Topics

The list below is indicative, but not prescriptive, of the topics/themes that the convenors would like to explore at the conference:

  • New business models in the financial services sector
  • Legal concepts that need adaptation in a digital environment
  • Finance and smart contracts
  • Money, crypto-assets, and digital currencies
  • Distributed ledger technology
  • FinTech, RegTech 
  • AML, financial crime and compliance
  • Capital markets, ICOs
  • Big data, open banking, data protection, and customer confidentiality 
  • Financial dispute resolution 
  • Ethics, trust and consumer protection 
  • AI & Central Banking

Interested scholars are welcome to submit proposals on related topics that would be relevant to the conference theme.


CBFL will sponsor the attendance of successful applicants through an economy flight approved by CBFL and hotel accommodation for three nights in a hotel selected by CBFL. Meals and refreshments during the conference will be provided. 


Conference papers will be published as working papers on the CBFL website. Funded speakers selected via this call for papers must, if requested, also make their papers available for publication in a journal selected by the convenors, such as but not limited to, the Singapore Journal of Legal Studies and the Asian Journal of Comparative Law. Authors will be expected to cooperate in the refinement of their papers with a view to such publication. Papers will be subject to a peer-review process. Any publication of the paper must include an acknowledgment of your participation in our conference.


Dora Neo is an Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore and Director of the Centre for Banking & Finance Law in the Faculty of Law.

Dr Sandra Booysen is an Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore and Deputy-Director of the Centre for Banking & Finance Law in the Faculty of Law.



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