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Rebecca Schmidt

2016 York Workshop │2016 ISEAL Brainstorm │ 2015 LSE Workshop │ 2011 Florence Workshop



Rebecca Schmidt was the 2015-16 TBGI Project Postdoctoral Fellow, based at Osgoode Hall Law School and the Schulich School of Business. She 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.

One of the perks of working with the TBGI Project team was that Rebecca had the opportunity to spend time at each of the co-leaders’ institutions. In Fall 2015, Rebecca was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy at SUNY Buffalo School of Law. Rebecca also 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. As part of her postdoctoral fellowship Rebecca co-organized the Theorizing Transnational Business Governance Interactions: Design, Structures, Mechanisms and Impacts workshop held at York University.

After completing the TBGI Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Rebecca was a Post-Doctoral Fellow in EU Regulation and Governance at the University College Dublin‘s UCD Sutherland School of Law. She also worked with the TBGI Project leaders to co-edit a book of collected papers from the 2016 York workshop.