Conference Announcement and Call for Papers
2020 Conference, Journal of Law, Finance, and Accounting

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October 16 & 17, 2020

Bocconi University, Milano

The Journal of Law, Finance, and Accounting (JLFA) is pleased to announce its 10th conference, to be held in Milano on Friday, October 16 and Saturday, October 17, 2020. The conference is organized by Bocconi University.


JLFA is an interdisciplinary journal sponsored by the NYU Stern School of Business and the NYU School of Law. It seeks to publish top-quality empirical, theoretical, and policy-oriented scholarship at the intersection of law, finance and accounting. Prior JLFA conferences were held at New York University (2014, 2019), The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (2015, 2017, 2019), Harvard University (2015), Northwestern Law School (2016), London Business School (2017), and University of Padova (2018).

JLFA is an open-access publication. Papers published on JLFA, through volume 4 (2019), can be downloaded free of charge from


You are invited to submit your original, unpublished papers for presentation at the conference. Accepted papers will be eligible for expedited review and consideration for publication in JLFA. In choosing papers for presentation at the conference, we will give priority to papers which the authors wish to submit to JLFA for consideration for publication. Publication is at the editors’ discretion.

The deadline for submission is Monday, June 1st, 2020. Please submit papers at


We are interested in research that will be of interest to scholars in more than one of our core disciplines.  Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  1. The impact of the structure of the legal system – including legal origins, procedural rules, and the legal environment in general, on the evolution of financial contracts, financial markets, business enterprises and business groups.
  2. The impact of particular legal and market institutions, including accounting, on financial markets and corporate actions, and innovation, economic growth and stability.
  3. The co-evolution of the legal rules and market institutions that govern financial sector activity, that activity itself, and the nature of the broader economy and financial markets.
  4. The regulation, organization, and performance of financial institutions.
  5. The relationships between the structure and performance of financial institutions, and the performance of these institutions and the overall performance of financial markets and economies.
  6. The interplay between legal rules, accounting regulations, corporate governance,
    firm performance, cost of equity and debt capital, financial market performance, and economic performance.
  7. The political economy of the regulation of corporate governance, financial institutions, and financial markets.
  8. Accounting, finance, and legal issues concerning ownership and property


Barry Adler, NYU School of Law
John Armour, Oxford, Law Faculty and Said School of Business
Bernard Black, Northwestern University, Pritzker School of Law & Kellogg School of Management
Mark DeFond, University of Southern California
Julian Franks, London Business School, Department of Finance
Joshua Ronen, NYU Stern School of Business, Department of Accounting
Stefano Rossi, Bocconi University
David Yermack, NYU Stern School of Business

For questions about the submission process, please contact Elena Suragni at For substantive questions, please contact Professor Stefano Rossi at or Professor Joshua Ronen at or Professor Bernard Black at (Chief Organizers).