The Program on International Financial Systems is dedicated to building the global financial system of the 21st century.

The Program on International Financial Systems (PIFS) is a 501(c)(3) organization that hosts international symposia, regulatory training programs and special events that foster dialogue and promote education on issues impacting the global financial system. PIFS also conducts research on these issues.

PIFS was founded in 1986, by Hal S. Scott, now Professor Emeritus of Harvard Law School. Over thirty years later, Hal Scott continues to lead PIFS.

Today, PIFS hosts three annual international symposia, US-Japan (22 years), US-Europe (18 years), and US-China (16 years). Harvard Law School is a non-financial sponsor of PIFS symposia and PIFS partners with Harvard Law School Executive Education for programs delivered on campus.

For a brief description of our activities, please see this link.

Recent events and research

A Retrospective on Financial Regulation, a Virtual Roundtable

September 29, 2020
A Retrospective on Financial Regulation

IOSCO-HLS-PIFS The COVID-19 Crisis: Impact on the Financial Sector and Government Response

September 29, 2020

2020 China - US Symposium: Symposium on Building the Financial System of the 21st Century

August 20, 2020
2020 China - US Symposium

2020 Europe - US Symposia: The Role of the Government and Financial Sector in Supporting the Real Economy During the COVID-19 Crisis

July 21, 2020
2020 Europe - US Symposia