On Friday, June 10, Rutgers Law hosted to the Industry Associations and Transnational Governance conference. The conference brought together practitioners and scholars to discuss the role of industry (or trade) associations in transnational governance. Via panel discussions, attendees deepened their understanding of how industry associations develop and administer standards and rules for governing their members and their industries (e.g. pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, financial products), both within and across borders. The discussion shed light on the dynamics between industry associations and the formal law-making bodies of governments and international organizations. It further highlighted the opportunities and challenges that associations encounter in carrying out their governance functions.
This event was organized by the International Organizations Interest Group (IOIG) of the American Society for International Law, the Rutgers Law School Center for Corporate Law and Governance, and the Rutgers Institute for Professional Education. View the full agenda here.
A full list of speaker bios can be found here.
Video from the panel discussions can be viewed here.
A report of the conference proceedings can be found here.
Papers that were presented include:
Industry-Specific Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives That Govern Corporate Human Rights Standards: Legitimacy assessments of the Fair Labor Association and the Global Network Initiative by Dorothee Baumann-Pauly, Justine Nolan, Auret van Heerden, & Michael Samway