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Professor Rosa Maria Lastra

Professor of International Financial and Monetary Law

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Rosa Maria Lastra

Dr Rosa María Lastra is Professor of International Financial and Monetary Law at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS), Queen Mary University of London. She is a member of Monetary Committee of the International Law Association (MOCOMILA), a founding member of the European Shadow Financial Regulatory Committee (ESFRC), an associate of the Financial Markets Group of the London School of Economics and Political Science, and an affiliated scholar of the Centre for the Study of Central Banks at New York University School of Law. From 2008 to 2010 she was Visiting Professor of the University of Stockholm. She has served as a consultant to the International Monetary Fund, the European Central Bank, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. From November 2008 to June 2009 she acted as Specialist Adviser to the European Union Committee [Sub-Committee A] of the House of Lords regarding its Inquiry into EU Financial Regulation and responses to the financial crisis.

Prior to coming to London, she was an Assistant Professor of International Banking at Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs in the City of New York (1993-1996). From January 1992 to September 1993 she was a consultant in the Legal Department of the International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C. She studied at Valladolid University, Madrid University, London School of Economics and Political Science and Harvard Law School (Fulbright Fellow). Her list of publications includes several books: International Financial and Monetary Law (2nd. ed., Oxford University Press, 2015), Sovereign Debt Management (Oxford University Press, 2014, co-edited), International Law in Financial Regulation and Monetary Affairs, (Oxford University Press, 2012, co-edited), Cross-Border Bank Insolvency (Oxford University Press, 2011, edited), Legal Foundation of International Monetary Stability (Oxford University Press, 2006, authored), Central Banking and Banking Regulation (FMG of the LSE, 1996, authored), The Reform of the International Financial Architecture (Kluwer, 2001, edited) and Bank Failures and Bank Insolvency Law in Economies in Transition (Kluwer, 1999, co-edited), and numerous articles in internationally refereed journals. She speaks regularly at international conferences. She lives in London with her husband and their four children.


LLB, MA (Valladolid), LLM (Harvard), PhD (Madrid)


Postgraduate teaching:

  • QLLM028 EU Financial Law
  • QLLM069 Law of Finance and Foreign Investment in Emerging Economies
  • QLLM082 Regulation of Financial Markets


Research interests:

Financial law and regulation, central banking, international banking, international monetary law, law reform in emerging economies, law and economics, EU financial law, bank resolution and insolvency and financial crisis management.



Authored Books 

  • International Financial and Monetary Law, second edition of Legal Foundations of International Monetary Stability, Oxford University Press, Oxford, January 2015, 688 pages, ISBN 978-0-19-967109-0.
  • Legal Foundations of International Monetary Stability, Oxford University Press, Oxford, June 2006, 547+lii pages, ISBN: 0199269343.
  • Central Banking and Banking Regulation, Financial Markets Group, London School of Economics, London, September 1996, 329 + viii pages, ISBN: 0753007258. 
    Central Banking and Banking Regulation
    has been translated into Portuguese by Dan M. Kraft and published in Brazil by Editora del Rey under the title of Banco Central e Regulamentação Bancária in March 2000 (ISBN 85-7308-320-4).

Edited Books

  • Sovereign Debt Management, (co-edited with Lee Buchheit), Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2014, 487 + lvi pages, ISBN: 978-0-19-967110-6
  • The Rule of Law in Monetary Affairs, World Trade Forum (co-edited with Thomas Cottier, Christian Tietje and Lucia Satragno), Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2014, 614 + xix pages, ISBN: 978-1-107-06363-1
  • International Law in Financial Regulation and Monetary Affairs, (co-edited with John Jackson and Thomas Cottier), Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2012, 472  + xiv pages, ISBN: 978-0-19-9668199
  • Cross-Border Bank Insolvency, Oxford University Press, Oxford, February 2011, 489 + xl pages, ISBN: 978-0-19-957707-1.
  • The Reform of the International Financial Architecture, Kluwer Law International, London, January 2001, 370 + xxvi pages, ISBN: 9041198024.
  • Bank Failures and Bank Insolvency Law in Economies in Transition (co-edited with Henry Schiffman), Kluwer Law International, London, April 1999, 333 + xvi pages, ISBN: 9041197141.

Refereed Articles

Book Chapters

  • Lastra and Rodrigo Olivares Caminal, 'From Consolidated Supervision to Consolidated Resolution', book chapter [Chapter 17] in Managing Risk in the Financial System, John Raymond LaBrosse, Rodrigo Olivares-Caminal and Dalvinder Singh (eds), 2011, pp. 308-332.
  • Lastra, 'The Role of the IMF as a Global Financial Authority', book chapter in European Yearbook of International Economic Law (EYIEL), edited by Christoph Herrman and Jörg Philipp Terhechte, Springer, Vol 2 (2011), pp. 121-136.
  • Lastra and Rodrigo Olivares-Caminal, 'Cross-Border Insolvency: The Case of Financial Conglomerates' chapter 17 in Financial Crisis Management and Bank Resolution edited by Raymond LaBrosse, Rodrigo Olivares-Caminal and Dalvinder Singh, Informa, London, 2009, pp.269-289.
  • Lastra, 'Northern Rock and Banking Law Reform in the UK', in The Failure of Northern Rock: a Multi-Dimensional Study, edited by Franco Bruni and David Llewellyn, SUERF Studies 2009/1, SUERF, Vienna, pp. 131-154.
  • Lastra, Rosa and Fabian Amtenbrink, 'Securing Democratic Accountability of Financial Regulatory Agencies - A theoretical framework', book chapter in Mitigating Risk in the Context of Safety and Security. How Relevant is a Rational Approach? Edited by RV de Mulder (rotterdam: Erasmus School of Law and Research School for Safety and Security (OMV) 2008, pp 115-132, ISBN 987-90-5677-0686-6
  • Lastra, 'Cross Border Resolution of Banking Crises', Douglas D Evanoff, John Raymond LaBrosse and George G Kaufman (eds.), Book chapter in International Financial Instability: Global Banking and National Regulation, Vol. 2, Singapore, World Scientific Publishing Company Pte Ltd, 2007, pp. 311-330
  • Regulating European Securities Markets: Beyond the Lamfalussy Report, in M. Andenas and Y. Avreginos (Editors), Financial Markets in Europe: Towards a Single Regulator?, London: Kluwer Law International, 2003, 211-222, ISBN: 9041121595
  • Comparative Aspects of Depositor Protection Schemes: Comparative (Co-author with D. Arner) in D. Arner and J. Lin (Editors), Financial Regulation: A Guide to Structural Reform, Hong Kong: Thomson Sweet & Maxwell Asia, 2003, 463-478, ISBN: 9626611979
  • Cross-Border Trade in Banking Services, in G. Alpa and F. Capriglione (Editors), Diritto Bancario Comunitario: Le Leggi Commentate, Turin: UTET, 2002, 433-455, ISBN: 8802059209
  • Cross-Border Trade in Financial Services, in I. Fletcher, M. Cremona and L. Mistelis (Editors), Foundations and Perspectives of International Trade Law, London: Sweet & Maxwell, 2001, 428-436, ISBN: 0421741007
  • Public Accountability in the Financial Sector (Co-author with H. Shams), in E. Ferran and C. Goodhart (Editors), Regulating Financial Services and Markets in the 21st Century, Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2001, 165-188, ISBN: 1841132799
  • Central Bank Independence in Ordinary and Extraordinary Times (Co-author with G. Miller), in Jan Kleineman (Editor), Central Bank Independence: The Economic Foundations, the Constitutional Implications and Democratic Accountability, Stockholm: Norstedts Juridik, 2001, 31-50, ISBN: 9139006867
  • The Bretton Woods Institutions in the XXIst Century, in R. Lastra (Editor), The Reform of the International Financial Architecture, London: Kluwer Law International, 2001, 67-90, ISBN: 9041198024

Other Selected Publications

PhD Supervision

Public engagement

  • 25 September 2014 - Invited to speak at the European Commission (title to be announced)
  • 2 July 2014 - Invited to lecture at a special seminar organised by Banco de Espana in Madrid on 'Banking Union: SSM, SRM and the missing pillar'
  • 16 May 2014 - Organised a conference in association with the Bank of England Legal Directorate on 'Financial and Monetary Law', held at the Bank of England Conference Centre, London. This conference convened an elite group of general counsel and other senior lawyers from central banks, regulators and international organisations, senior academics from the US, Europe and UK, and leading practitioners, together with economists and policy experts
  • 5 May 2014 - Speaker on 'Home and Host Country Responsibilities in the Single Supervisory Mechanism' at a meeting of the CEPS Task Force on ECB Banking Supervision and Beyond, CEPS, Brussels
  • 25 April 2014 - Speaker at a conference on 'Sovereign Debt Restructuring: the Road Ahead', organised by the Bank of England and the United Nations (Finance for Development Office, Department of Economic and Social Affairs), held at the Bank of England
  • 21 January 2014 - Contributed to a roundtable discussion organised on the Single Resolution Mechanism organised by NicolasVerón (Bruegel), Brussels
  • 14 January 2014 - Delivered inaugural lecture of the LLM in Paris programme on the topic of 'Banking Union: will it solve the next crisis'
  • 15 November 2013 - Organised jointly with the Legal Committee (LEGCO) of the European Central Bank and MOCOMILA a conference at the ECB on ‘The Future of Banking Regulation and Supervision in the EU’, and contributed a paper on “SSM and the Single Market”,  Frankfurt.
  • 7 November 2013 - Invited to teach a seminar on “The Evolving Role of Central Banks” in Oxford University, Law and Finance Seminar Series.
  • 4 October 2013 - Organised jointly with senior legal staff of the Bank of England and the Prudential Regulatory Authority a meeting with the General Counsel of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to discuss monetary and financial stability after the financial crisis, London.
  • 2-3 October 2013 - Keynote Speaker at the Bank for International Settlements, BIS Central Bank Legal Experts Meeting, “Sovereign Debt Crisis and Central Banks - Legal Aspects”, Basel, Switzerland.
  • 19 September 2013 - Organised jointly with Banco de España the academic sessions of the MOCOMILA meeting in Madrid and contributed as a speaker on “Banking Union and Single Market”.
  • 11 September 2013 - Speaker on “Supranational Supervision: Banking Union and Single Market” at the Central Banking Seminar, Cambridge University.
  • 27 June 2013 - Contributed - as chair of one of the sessions - to the CCLS Roundtable on ‘Systemic Risk and the Future of Insurance Regulation’, held at Lloyd’s.
  • 14 June 2013 - Invited to talk on “The Responses to the Eurozone Crisis” at a conference on ‘Evolution of Monetary Law & Policy’ at the University of Glasgow.
  • 26 April 2013 - Invited to present a paper on ‘Banking Union and Single Market: Conflict or Companionship’ at the conference organised by ERA in association with the Irish Presidency of the EU on ‘The European Banking Union: a Turning Point’, Dublin.
  • March 2013 - Visiting Professor, Global Law Programme, Universidad de Navarra (Spain), March 2013.
  • 18 January 2013 - Invited to talk on “Defining forward looking, judgment based supervision” at the Bank of England, Centre for Central Banking Studies Event, “The Future of Regulatory Data Analytics”.
  • 29 October - 2 November 2012 - Invited to talk on “Central Bank Independence and Accountability” at the Central Banking Seminar organised by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, New York.
  • 18 June 2012 - Financial Services Board - Key Attributes of Effective Resolution Regimes
  • 18 May 2012 - We need an international monetary system which facilitates international trade
  • 23 March 2011 - Inaugural lecture: The Quest for International Financial Regulation


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