Public Guest Lecture: the role of Law in promoting Economic and Financial Stability

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In the spirit of fostering international collaboration and enriching the educational experience of our students, Strathmore Law School recently had the privilege of hosting a distinguished delegation from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Friday 2nd February. The delegation was led by Ms. Rhoda Weeks-Brown, General Counsel and Director of the Legal Department at the IMF and Ms. Carine Antoine Chartouni, Deputy Division Chief of the LEG Department, alongside other esteemed representatives. General Counsel Rhoda Weeks-Brown serves as the Director of the legal department at the IMF headquarters in New York, overseeing a team of over 150 staff members. Their visit started off with a one-on-one session with the faculty of SLS,  with an exchange of insights and ideas on potential collaborations between the Law School and the IMF Legal Department.

A student outreach followed, commencing with insightful discussions on the Role of Law in promoting Economic and Financial Stability. This discussion centered on various aspects of international finance, with a particular focus on career opportunities within the IMF. Students had the unique opportunity to engage with the delegates and gain valuable insights into the workings of one of the world’s leading financial institutions. The key areas that were highlighted were: gender, climate change, anti-corruption, combating the financing of terrorism, sovereign debt sustainability and restructuring, and corporate insolvency. Our students were able to learn the role and support of the IMF in the above areas and the influence of the IMF in addressing emerging issues through fiscal and non-fiscal policy measures and resource interventions. 

Ms. Carine Antoine Chartouni, Deputy Division Chief of the LEG Department followed with a presentation, providing an insightful overview of the structure and mission of the IMF legal department. She highlighted its role in promoting and preserving the rule of law and financial integrity. The students actively participated and gained insights into the career opportunities within  the Fund. These opportunities span from skilled roles in working groups and coordinating groups focused on sector-specific areas such as  fintech, climate, governance, anti-corruption, climate, and gender. Additionally, there are in in-house counsel roles positions involved in influencing and shaping the law and policy,  as well as internship opportunities and early career opportunities within  the Fund.

The overview of the recruitment process and target individuals was eye-opening to the students, shedding light on the intricacies of career paths within the IMF and providing valuable insights into potential opportunities for their future endeavours.

Looking ahead, Strathmore Law School aims to build upon this successful collaboration with the IMF, with plans for future engagements and knowledge-sharing initiatives. The exchange of ideas and expertise between our institution and the IMF will undoubtedly contribute to the professional growth and development of our students.

Article written by Fiona Mwaura and Lulu Sorobit, 3rd Year

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