Professor Juliet Moringiello
recently traveled to the University of London’s Heythrop College for the Fordham Comparative Urban Law Conference on June 30, where she presented her paper, "The Urban Law of Municipal Insolvency."
Professor Moringiello discussed the Bankruptcy Code standards for confirming a municipal debt adjustment plan, observing that they are “largely based on business bankruptcy concepts,” and “do not map well onto a municipal bankruptcy, in which the community itself is the debtor.”
The Urban Law Center at Fordham Law School in New York City sponsored the conference, which brought together experts in local government law, property and land use law, sociology, and urban affairs from the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Central and South America. The conference examined the concept of urban law from an interdisciplinary perspective by exploring a variety of themes ranging from local authority and autonomy, to environmental sustainability and public health.
“Learning about the challenges facing cities around the world and how different countries handle them will inform and enhance my scholarship on US municipal bankruptcy law,” said Professor Moringiello of her experience at the conference.