LSA Panel 2015


Dilemmas of Private Governance for Public Purposes

LSA Panel 2015 | Law and Society Association Annual Conference, Seattle | May 29, 2015

The LSA Panel 2015, chaired by Errol Meidinger, took place at the 39th 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.

This panel brought together papers that explore (1) the promise and pitfalls of reliance on non-state organizations in different arenas of business governance and (2) the interactions of state and non-state governance in those arenas. The papers address food safety protection, pledge systems to avoid undesirable patent uses, building safety regulation, and human rights protection in transnational business. The panel was contributed to a larger discussion of rapidly developing and changing private governance institutions.

Bryce Hoflund, University of Nebraska at Omaha

Errol Meidinger, State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law

Susan Silbey, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


  • Errol Meidinger, Governing Human Rights through Corporate Due Diligence
  • Timothy Lytton, Albany Law School, Comparing Public and Private Oversight of Private Governance: Government Accreditation Standards and Tort Litigation in the Regulation of Food Safety Auditing
  • Rachel Maines, Cornell University, Asbestos in 20th Century Building Codes: Can Compliance be Negligence?
  • Stepan Wood, The Interactive Dynamics of Transnational Law: Transnational Business Governance Interactions and Transnational Legal Theory, revised version issued in TBGI SSRN series; available at
  • Stephen Maurer, University of California, Berkeley, The New Self-Governance: A Theoretical Framework