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June 2

Capital Unbound: The Cato Summit on Financial Regulation

Featuring Mark Calabria, Director of Financial Regulation Studies, Cato Institute; Joshua Rosner, Graham Fisher & Co. and Co-Author, Reckless Endangerment; Commissioner J. Christopher Giancarlo, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission; Kevin Dowd, Professor of Finance & Economics, Durham University and Adjunct Scholar, Cato Institute; Thaya Knight, Associate Director, Financial Regulation Studies, Cato Institute; Commissioner Michael Piwowar, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission; George Selgin, Director, Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives, Cato Institute.

10:00am Waldorf-Astoria New York, 301 Park Avenue, New York, NY

June 4

Magna Carta and the Rule of Law around the World

Featuring Richard Helmholz, Distinguished Service Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School; Roger Pilon, Vice President for Legal Affairs, Cato Institute; Tom Palmer, Executive Vice President for International Programs, Atlas Network; Richard Pipes, Professor of History Emeritus, Harvard University; Swaminathan Aiyar, Research Fellow, Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, Cato Institute; Juan Carlos Botero, Executive Director, World Justice Project; moderated by Ilya Shapiro, Senior Fellow in Constitutional Studies, Cato Institute; and Ian Vasquez, Director, Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, Cato Institute.

9:00am Hayek Auditorium