Thursday 26 November 2020

Joint webinar by UIC and FSR (Florence School of Regulation) Transport on the Handbook on Railway Regulation to be held on 10 December 2020

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Inspired by the recently published Handbook on Railway Regulation. Concepts and Practice by Edward Elgar, this webinar, jointly organised by UIC and FSR (Florence School of Regulation) Transport, will provide a comprehensive overview of the current status of railway regulation in Europe, the US and Japan. Speakers will examine the most pressing issues in their respective railway markets and outline future trends in the development of rail globally.

The event will be held on 10 December from 4.00 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. CET.

Despite numerous attempts to liberalise the railway sector in recent years, it is still excessively complex, with regulations varying throughout the world. The Handbook on Railway Regulation gathers these various approaches and practices together for the first time, taking a historical and systematic approach to identify the main lessons for all countries. Specific topics covered include the digitalisation dilemma in the industry, rail sector reforms and regulation, and competition in the market for rail freight and passenger services.

This handbook provides an invaluable contribution to the discussion of railway regulation worldwide and will be a crucial compendium for students and scholars of transport, regulation and competition looking to explore different approaches to the topic. It will also be an invaluable read for railway policymakers and regulators looking to deepen their understanding of contemporary regulations around the world.

Speakers will focus on the regulatory aspects pertaining to railway market opening, draw on lessons learned from the Covid-19 pandemic in rail operations and will shed light on the challenges that they face in meeting the sector’s current and future needs.


16.00–16:20 | Introduction of the Handbook on Railway Regulation

  • Matthias Finger, Director of FSR Transport, EUI and Co-Editor of the Handbook on Railway Regulation

16.20–17.20 | Presentations

  • Christian Chavanel, UIC Director of Rail System and Contributing Author of Towards a new architecture for technical regulation of Europe’s railways
  • Fumio Kurosaki, Contributing Author, Railways in Japan
  • Russell Pittman, Contributing Author, Railways and railway regulation in the United States: surely you don’t want Jones back?
  • Juan Montero, Professor at EUI/ UNED and Co-Editor of the Handbook on Railway Regulation

17.20–17.30 | Q&A Session moderated by Simon Fletcher, Director Europe, UIC

17.30 | Webinar ends

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