21 July 2020
Kinanya Pijl is a Dutch legal scholar working on the role of law in sustainable finance. For her doctoral research project, Kinanya has conducted extensive empirical research in the banking sectors in the Netherlands, Germany and the United Kingdom to develop a deeper understanding of how commercial banks integrate concern for society and planet in their corporate lending business. Her dissertation concludes with a normative analysis of the way in which we regulate banks, which reflects normative deficiencies in how we’ve come to think of bank responsibilities in relation to society and shows how the current mindset blocks change. Kinanya is expected to soon hold a Ph.D. degree from the European University Institute in Florence. She holds an LLM in Comparative, European and International Laws from the European University Institute, an LLM in Legal Research (cum laude) from Utrecht University and an LLB in Law from Utrecht University. At the UvA, Kinanya will continue her work on sustainable finance, including on: (1) the relationship between banks and society; (2) legal tools that serve a more sustainable economy; and (3) de facto regulation and regulators in our global economy. In addition, Kinanya will be involved in the ERC-funded project of Prof. Marija Bartl on ‘Law as a Vehicle for Social Change: Mainstreaming Non-Extractive Economic Practices’. She will also teach several law courses, including contract law, company law and financial law. In addition to her work for the UvA, Kinanya is involved with a collective of scholars who together make up a consultancy firm that help large companies improve their ethical culture. This consultancy firm, Principia Advisory, aims to drive deep and sustainable culture transformation in large companies by focusing on the root causes of ethical conduct and decision-making.