September 14, 2015
Michael P. Malloy, Distinguished Professor of Law at McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, has been appointed as one of the U.S. representatives to the Real Estate Market Advisory Group (REM) of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).
The REM is a team of specialists that assists the UNECE Committee on Housing and Land Management and the Working Party on Land Administration to develop stronger housing real estate markets. The Committee's work is based on
key UN policy documents on housing and urban development, including the Geneva UN Charter on Sustainable Housing and the Strategy for Sustainable Housing and Land Management 2014-2020. Dr. Malloy provides expert guidance to REM and the Committee particularly on the
impact of regulatory policy on housing and development.
Dr. Malloy has been involved with the UNECE and the Committee since 2009, when he was invited to participate as an expert on bank regulatory law in the plenary session of the Committee, which took place at the UN Offices in Geneva in September 2009.
"I think I have made the case that housing and development policy needs to take account of the impact of regulatory requirements on the institutions that finance housing and related projects," Dr. Malloy explained on hearing of his new appointment.
Since then he has regularly attended the annual plenary sessions and has contributed analysis and articles to Vital Spaces, the official newsletter of the UNECE Committee. His appointment to the REM will give him a more direct and continuing role to play in policy formation at the UNECE.
"This is a very exciting opportunity," Dr. Malloy observed. "It is a chance to give
scholarly work a real-world impact." His first meeting in his new advisory role is
scheduled for October 2015 in Geneva.