LSA Panel 2014


Tools, Techniques and Legitimacy in Transnational Private Regulation

LSA Panel 2014 | Law and Society Association Annual Conference, Minneapolis | May 31, 2014

The LSA Panel 2014, chaired by Gregory Shaffer, took place at the 38th annual meeting of The Law and Society Association (LSA), an interdisciplinary scholarly organization committed to social scientific, interpretive, and historical analyses of law across multiple social contexts.

Private regulation has been increasingly recognised a core aspect of contemporary governance. This panel featured papers offering new research on the emergence of new and newly recognised techniques of private regulation, both free-standing and interacting with public regulation, taking in both the ways in which regulatory tools are developed and applied, sometimes uniquely to private regulation, and the ways in which regulatory technique may support or undermine the legitimacy of particular governance arrangements.

Colin Scott, University College Dublin

Gregory Shaffer, University of Minnesota

Phillip Paiement, Tilburg Law School


  • Colin Scott, University College Dublin, “The Tools of Private Regulation in the Financial Sector”
  • Jodi Short, UC Hastings School of Law (presenter), Andrea Hugill, Harvard Business School, and Michael Toffel, Harvard Business School, “Monitoring the Monitors: How Social Factors Influence Supply Chain Auditors”
  • Stepan Wood, Osgoode Hall Law School, “Regulatory Techniques and Legitimation Politics among International Social and Environmental Standards Setters: A Case Study of Transnational Business Governance Interactions”
  • Donal Casey, Kent Law School, “Managing Legitimacy in Transnational Private Regulation: The Case of GLOBALG.A.P”
  • Paul Verbruggen (presenter) and Tetty Havinga, Radboud University Nijmegen, “The Meta-Regulatory Turn in Transnational Private Regulation,” revised version issued in TBGI SSRN series; available at