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Professor Kern Alexander Fellow

Professor Kern Alexander, Fellow

Professor Kern Alexander was appointed to the Chair for Law and Finance at the University of Zurich in 2010. He is also a Senior Research Fellow in Banking and Financial Regulation at the University of Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies and is Academic Programme Director for the Cambridge Judge Business School's Executive Education Programme 'Understanding the Regulatory Environment'.


Kern is a lawyer and economist with a research focus on the regulation of systemic risk in financial markets. He is the author of academic articles and books, including the co-author of one of the first books critically analysing Basel II and the structured finance markets before the global credit crisis began in 2007. Kern has authored several commissioned reports for the European Parliament, was a Member of the Expert Panel on Financial Services for the European Parliament (2009–14) and was Specialist Advisor to the British Parliament's Joint Select Committee on the Financial Services Act 2012 and has served in other senior advisory roles in the UK Parliament. He holds a PhD and MPhil from the University of Cambridge, an MSc from the University of Oxford and a BA from Cornell University.  

Kern is leading a Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership research project sponsored by the Banking Environment Initiative analysing the interaction between the Basel Capital Accord (also known as ‘Basel III’) and environmental sustainability. The project produced a Report in 2014 entitled 'Stability and Sustainability in Banking Reform: Are Environmental Risks Missing in Basel III?'.

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