By Stepan–This year I have the distinct pleasure of working with TBGI Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Rebecca Schmidt, an exciting new scholar in the field of transnational law and governance. Rebecca joined York University in January as the TBGI Project’s postdoctoral fellow, after spending Fall, 2015 as a Baldy Postdoctoral Fellow at our partner institution, the Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy at SUNY Buffalo Law School. In Buffalo, she worked with TB
GI Project co-leader Professor Errol Meidinger.
Rebecca is based at Osgoode Hall Law School but also spends time at the Schulich School of Business, where she attended a graduate seminar on Business, Society, and Global Governance with TBGI Project co-leader Professor Burkard Eberlein.
Rebecca studied law at the University of Heidelberg and obtained an LLM in International and Legal Studies from New York University. She completed her PhD at the European University Institute in Florence, where she wrote a dissertation on ‘Public-Private Cooperation in Transnational Regulation.’
Rebecca’s research examines a key feature of globalization: the rise of regulation beyond the state. She focuses on the emergence of transnational regulatory cooperation between public and private actors, and in particular the interplay between expertise-driven private regulation and more traditional political authority in multi-level transnational regulatory networks. In these networks, existing public policy requirements and parameters defining legitimate forms of regulation are renegotiated.
Her current focus is the regulation of mega-events, especially sporting events like the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup. She is particularly interested in the interplay between the local and transnational levels. Using work by sociologists on global cities, she examines how regulation is assembled through the interaction of local actors who build on their specific expertise, status and traditions, and global actors who have unique transnational implementation and dissemination capacities.
“Osgoode and the TBGI project provide the perfect environment for conducting this type of research”, Rebecca told me. “The law school has a strong interdisciplinary approach and a longstanding reputation for research in transnational law. The TBGI Project brings together leading scholars in this emerging area of research, enabling me to benefit from a vast network of resources and expertise.”
One of the perks of working with the TBGI Project team is that Rebecca has had the opportunity to spend time at each of the co-leaders’ institutions. In addition to Osgoode, Schulich and Buffalo, Rebecca visited the Law Department at the London School of Economics and Political Science in September, 2015, where she attended a TBGI Project workshop and was hosted by TBGI Project co-leader Professor Julia Black. While in London, she conducted research into sustainability standards at the ISEAL Alliance and the British Standards Institution.
In February, 2016, Rebecca spent a week at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University as a guest of TBGI Project co-leader Professor Ken Abbott. At ASU, she presented a paper on regulatory resource exchange and engaged with members of ASU’s Sports Law and Business Program and well as the wider faculty.
As part of her postdoctoral fellowship Rebecca is co-organizing our upcoming workshop on Theorizing Transnational Business Governance Interactions: Design, Structures, Mechanisms and Impacts, to be held at York University in May. She will also co-edit a published collection of workshop papers.
We are honoured to have Rebecca with us as part of the TBGI Project team!