Florence Workshop 2011


Transnational Governance Interactions: Theoretical Approaches, Empirical Contexts and Practitioner’s Perspectives

Florence Workshop 2011 | European University Institute (EUI) | May 23-24, 2011

This workshop brought together 31 scholars and 4 practitioners from 11 countries to explore the dynamics of transnational business governance interactions (TBGI). The goal of the workshop was to advance and integrate theoretical and empirical inquiry relating to the four central research questions that were generated at the earlier Toronto workshop. The workshop featured 19 paper presentations and a practitioner’s roundtable with representatives from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), ISEAL Alliance, International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ, the German development aid agency).

The workshop papers presented a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives on the nature of TBGI and their implications for transnational governance. Some engaged with theories explicitly focused on interactions, including theories of regulatory competition, coopetition and cooperation; legal pluralism and interlegality; regime complexity; and democratic experimentalism. Others explored theories focused on processes and influences that shape interactions, including theories of inter-subjective knowledge and understanding, such as legitimation, norm diffusion, and epistemic communities. The workshop aimed to integrate empirical exploration with theoretical analysis of the dynamics of TBGI.

The workshop was a joint initiative of the Transnational Business Governance Interactions (TBGI) Project, the Transnational Private Regulation project funded by HiiL (the Hague Institute for the Internationalization of Law) and the Global Governance Program at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute. It was held in the historic Badia Fiesolana on the Fiesole hillside overlooking Florence.

See the workshop program here.

The workshop ultimately resulted in two edited collections in leading peer reviewed journals: a special issue of Regulation & Governance in 2014 and a symposium in Transnational Legal Theory in 2015. See the Publications & Resources page for details.


  • Stepan Wood, York University, Osgoode Hall Law School
  • Kenneth Abbott, Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law & School of Politics and Global Studies
  • Julia Black, London School of Economics, Department of Law
  • Fabrizio Cafaggi, European University Institute, Department of Law
  • Burkard Eberlein, York University, Schulich School of Business
  • Errol Meidinger, State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law


  • Tim Bartley, Indiana University
  • Stefano Bartolini, Director of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, EUI
  • Gregory Bounds, OECD
  • László Bruszt, EUI
  • Benjamin Cashore, Yale University
  • Klaus Dingwerth, University of Bremen
  • David Doorey, York University
  • Luc Fransen, University of Amsterdam
  • Jessica Green, Case Western Reserve University
  • Lars Gulbrandsen, Fridtjof Nansen Institute
  • Virginia Haufler, University of Maryland
  • Martin Herberg, University of Bremen
  • Kristin Komives, ISEAL Alliance
  • Eberhard Krain, GIZ
  • Kevin McKinley, ISO
  • Hans-W. Micklitz, EUI
  • Christine Overdevest, University of Florida
  • Dennis Patterson, EUI
  • Oren Perez, Bar Ilan University
  • Tony Porter, McMaster University
  • Sigrid Quack, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies
  • Rebecca Schmidt, EUI
  • Colin Scott, University College Dublin
  • Margaret Shannon, University of Freiburg
  • Timothy M Smith, University of Minnesota
  • David Szablowski, York University
  • Kernaghan Webb, Ryerson University
  • Cynthia Williams, University of Illinois
  • Jonathan Zeitlin, University of Amsterdam

The workshop was funded by Arizona State University, the HiiL Transnational Private Regulation Project, and the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the EUI.