To Professionalise or Psychoanalyse? Regulating Banking and Financial Services Culture Roundtable: 15 December 2015

Regulators around the world are considering different regulatory models in an attempt to regulate culture. The Netherlands central bank implemented a psychoanalytical model of supervision of behaviour and culture in 2010. Australia, according to the Government’s response to the Financial System Inquiry, appears to be moving in the direction of professionalisation. This Roundtable brings together Australian and European regulators and international academics to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of models of regulation of culture in the banking and financial services industry.

After a thorough examination of the proposals, the Roundtable will consider what is feasible in Australia. What other possibilities are there? What is to be done – should we professionalise or psychoanalyse?

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Roundtable Speakers

Alina Humphreys – Senior Manager, Strategic Policy Australian Securities Investment Commission

Fahmi Hosain – Head of Governance, Culture & Remuneration Supervisory Support Division Australian Prudential Regulation Authority

Professor Nina Dietz Legind – Vice-Dean Research, University of Southern Denmark, Member of the board of directors of the Danish Resolution Authority, Member European Banking Authority, Stakeholder Group

Professor Cynthia Williams – Osler Chair in Business Law Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Canada

Associate Professor Gill North – Commercial Law & Regulatory Studies Centre Faculty of Law, Monash University

Roundtable Convenors and Discussants

Dr Ann Wardrop

Dr Ann Wardrop is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the School of Law, La Trobe University.  She has published in Australian and international law journals and has held visiting scholar positions in the United Kingdom, Canada and Europe. She is on the editorial board of Law in Context. Ann is Director of Programs and a member of the Law School’s Executive, and Research Committee.  Her research interests are primarily in the area of banking and finance law and regulation. Her current work is focused on the regulation of the Australian payments system and investor/consumer protection in financial services regulation. Ann lectures in banking and financial services law and equity and trusts. She obtained her undergraduate law degree and PhD from the University of Melbourne. Ann is admitted to the legal profession in Victoria and practised in banking and finance law in major Australian law firms prior to taking up an academic position.

Dr David Wishart

David Wishart is a Senior Lecturer at La Trobe Law School. After a brief stint in practice, David completed a Masters by thesis from Melbourne University. During his candidature, he was a tutor in the Legal Studies Department of that institution.  He then became a law lecturer in the Department of Accounting at Monash University. In 1986 he joined the Faculty of Law at Universiti Malaya, from whence he moved to the Faculty of Law at the University of Canterbury.  During this time he wrote a number of articles on consitutional law and company law in both jurisdictions, including his book, Company Law in Context (OUP, 1994) in relation to New Zealand company law.  He became interested in matters to do with indigenous peoples.  In 1993 he joined the then School of Law and Legal Studies (now Law School) at La Trobe University.  He has published extensively in corporations law, and to a lesser extent in consitutional law, and law and indigenous peoples.  Recently he has entered on a project considering the issues surrounding digital evidence and has been deeply involved in considering competition policy and law from various theoretical perspectives.  His most recent book, Corporations Law Guidebook (OUP, 2008) is a study in theory as well as an innovative perspective on learning corporations law

Associate Professor Marilyn McMahon

Marilyn McMahon joined the Deakin School of Law in February 2012, having previously worked at La Trobe University. Her research interests are in the areas of criminal law, criminal procedure, criminal responsibility and evidence. She is currently involved in three major research projects. The first is an investigation of the rule against double jeopardy and it contemporary reform in Australia. The second project explores self-defence, comparing developments in the United States with those in Australia. The final project is an historical exploration of how women who are victims of domstic violence are constructed in legal proceedings, especially where they have killed their abusive partner.

Marilyn has published articles on criminal defences (self-defence and mental state defences) and criminal procedure. She currently is supervising graduate students who are exploring the criminalisation of the infliction of mental harm and the reform of bail in Victoria. She is happy to supervise research students in any aspect of criminal law, criminal procedure and criminal justice.


Date: Tuesday 15 December 2015

Time: 9.30am to 4.30pm (Registration at 9.00am)

Venue: La Trobe University City Campus, Level 20, 360 Collins Street, Melbourne

Expression of Interest: to register an expression of interest to attend the roundtable, please contact Dr Ann Wardrop via

Further Information: Contact Sharon Groves via

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