Category Archives: Stewardship of Finance

« Stewardship of Finance » Chair, VUB, lectures resume on Monday September 29 at 4 p.m.

Paul Jorion, Ph.D., holder of the “Stewardship of Finance” Chair at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, will resume his lecturing on Monday September 29 at 4 p.m.

The course is taking place every Monday afternoon at that time in lecture hall D0.03 of building D (central building) of the university, Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussels. The course is held in English and it is open to the public.


“Stewardship of Finance”, lectures resume on September 30 at 4 p.m.

My “Stewardship of Finance” lectures at the VUB resume on September 30.

Lectures will be delivered in English, they are held on Mondays from 4 to 6 p.m. in lecture hall QB (2 Pleinlaan, 1050 Brussels); auditors are free to attend.

Lectures are videotaped and can be viewed on YouTube as well as here on the blog.

1. Why stewardship of finance?, September 30

2. Is rational behaviour necessarily ethical?, October 7

3. Regulation and self-regulation. Adam Smith’s “invisible hand”, October 14

4. Law, Ethics and the business world, October 28

5. The business world and its regulators, November 4

6. National order and international disorder. Tax havens/shadow banking/mafias, November 18

7. Lord Adair Turner: socially useful and socially useless financial activities, November 25

8. Profit and Ethics. Aristotle’s chrematistics, December 2

“Stewardship of Finance” lectures will be held in French at the ULB (Université Libre de Bruxelles) during the second semester, their programme will be communicated in due time.


VUB, “Stewardship of Finance” Chair, fifteenth lecture, 17th April 2013

“What Can We Tell about the Future?” was my final lecture at the Stewardship of Finance chair in the academic year 2012-2013. The lecture was held in English as had been the case with prior ones. Most questions which then came from the room were in French, I answered them in the same tongue.

As a supplement, with yours truly in a somewhat unusual capacity, for the final session taking place on the following day on April 18, students made presentations of their work to Prince Philip and to Princess Mathilda of Belgium.

Here the podcast only of my own lecture:

(Many thanks to Manu Berquin!)



On the 18th of April will come to an end the first year of my teaching about the “Stewardship of Finance” at the VUB (Vrije Universiteit Brussel). The videos of my lectures can all be viewed here on this blog and the full set can be accessed here.

I’m currently writing up my lectures under book form in the language they were held in i.e. English. My (excellent) French publishers do not publish in that tongue. Interested English-speaking publishers may get in touch with me here.


VUB, “Stewardship of Finance” Chair, twelfth lecture, 14th March 2013

Twelfth lecture of the « Stewardship of Finance » chair. It is the notion of risk and the different forms of risk sharing which allow the building of a reasoned catalogue of all types of financial instruments and analysing them in an ethical perspective.

Is it admissible that taxpayers were required not only to pay for all the losses due to defaulting borrowers but also for all the bets between financiers which turned sour (a larger amount by a factor of ten)?


Calendar of the remaining events associated to the “Stewardship of Finance” Chair at the VUB

For registration, precise location and times, please look here.

On March 7th, my lecture will be devoted to the Enron corporation and its downfall as a counter-example of stewardship of finance.

On March 13, Jacques Attali will be our guest. He is head of Pla-Net Finance and of the study group on a positive economy (of which I have the privilege of being a member). He will answer the question “Peut-on théoriser l’avenir ?”

On the following day, on March 14th, I will be discussing “Financial instruments in an ethical perspective”, with an extensive review of those which are at the centre of the current crisis: Credit-Default Swaps, Asset-Backed Securities, Collateralised Debt Obligations and synthetic CDOs.

On the 20th and the 21st of March will be held a three-part, two-day, event dedicated to answer “Is there an ethical manner to ensure the redistribution of newly created wealth?”

It will be initiated by European Commissioner for Trade Karel de Gucht on March 20th. On the following day I will deliver my lecture on the same subject, which will be followed by a Panel discussion with distinguished guests: Bruno Colmant (Roland Berger), Hilde Vernaillen (P&V Group), Benoît Verwilghen (CFO and vice-CEO of Ethias) and Benoît Lallemand (Finance Watch), moderated by Steven Rombaut (VRT journalist).

My lecture on March 28th will be devoted to “Speculation. Its causes, consequences, and history”.

On April 17th, I will be talking about “Our species and the planet which hosts it”. Finally on April 18th there will be a private event for our students writing a Master dissertation within the Chair’s framework (on the occasion of which I will deliver the introductory speech).


VUB, “Stewardship of Finance” Chair, ninth lecture, 21st February 2013

My ninth lecture: labour and capital, talking about the distribution of newly created wealth, the way to conceptualise this, the political stances deriving from this and the light these shed on ethical perspectives about economic and financial issues.