LSA Panel 2018


Transnational Business Governance Interactions: Improving the Quality of Transnational Regulation and Empowering Marginalized Actors

LSA Panel 2018 | Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, Toronto | June 7, 2018

This panel asked whether and how competition, coordination, conflict and other interactive dynamics in
transnational regulatory governance can be harnessed to enhance the quality of regulation and empower
structurally weaker actors. Using examples from labour, social responsibility, forestry, indigenous peoples and sustainable supply chain management, the panel investigated mechanisms, pathways and strategies by which actors can leverage transnational business governance interactions (TBGIs) to enhance regulatory capacities, ratchet up standards and advance the interests of equity-seeking groups. It also explores the structural conditions that influence such strategic action. The papers form part of a forthcoming book that presents new empirical, theoretical and strategic insight into these phenomena, Transnational Business Governance Interactions: Empowering Marginalized Actors and Enhancing Regulatory Quality (edited by Stepan Wood and others, published by Edward Elgar). The papers are available in the TBGI Working Paper series.

The panel was sponsored by the Regulation and Governance Collaborative Research Network of the Law and Society Association.

Stepan Wood, Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia

Chair and Discussant:
Christine Parker, Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne


  • Burkard Eberlein, Schulich School of Business, York University, “Harnessing Transnational Governance Interactions to Enhance Regulatory Quality and Empower Weaker Actors: Implications for Theory and Practice”
  • Errol Meidinger, University at Buffalo Law School, “Governance Interactions in Sustainable Supply Chain Management”
  • Natalie Oman, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, “Private Ordering and Transnational Social Justice: The Forest Stewardship Council’s Advocacy of Free, Prior and Informed Consent”
  • Stepan Wood, Allard School of Law, UBC, “Interactive Strategies for Empowering Weaker Actors in Transnational Governance Contests: Organized Labour and the making of ISO 26000”


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