Private actors network news: Conference Transnational Private Regulation: Beyond the Constitutional Challenge

On the 22nd and 23rd of June 2011 an annual conference in the framework of the international HiiL research project Transnational Private Regulatory Regimes. Constitutional Foundations and Governance Design and the Expert Meeting of the Hague Public-Private Governance Network. will take place in T.M.C. Asser Institute.

On 22 and 23 June 2011, the Second Annual Conference on Private Transnational Regulation: Constitutional Foundations and Governance Design was organised in The Hague. The Conference brought together preeminent scholars, private regulators and other stakeholders in the area of private regulation in order to discuss both scientific issues and challenges of the project as well as its practical implications. The Conference also constituted an Expert Meeting on transnational private regulation of the Hague Public Private Governance Network convened by HiiL.

  • The objective

The first objective of the conference was to confront the constitutional debate, as conducted within the framework of the project so far and reflected in the special issue of the Journal of Law & Society 2011; ‘The Challenge of Transnational Private Regulation: Conceptual and Constitutional Debate,’ with other constitutional approaches towards transnational regulation. The Conference was chaired by the leaders of HiiL reserch project: Fabrizio Cafaggi (European University Institute), Colin Scott (UCD) and Linda Senden (Tilburg University).

  • 22 June 2011

Day One of the conference commenced with an introduction to the project and the debate, presented by Fabrizio Cafaggi, which was followed by a number of insightful presentations by renowned experts such as:

Joost Pauwelyn, Graduate Institute of International Studies
Katharina Pistor, Columbia Law School
Patrick Glenn, McGill University
Alessandra Acruri, Erasmus University
Stepan Wood, Osgoode Hall Law School

The second part of the discussion, featuring presentations from:

Fabrizio Cafaggi and Andrea Renda, CEPS
Anne Meuwese, Tilburg University


The presentations focused on the key notion of effectiveness and its amplification within the specific context of transnational private regulation and the contribution that theoretical approaches such as indicators could make.

  • 23 June 2011

Day Two focused on the empirical dimension of the research project. The views from practice, presented by Kristin Komives (ISEAL), Gerard Hartsink (EPC) and Egbert Wesselink (IKV Pax Christi) served as a trigger point for discussions and comparisons of important cases, findings, problems and possible solutions and approaches. The Conference concluded by assessing progress reports from specific case studies carried out as a part of the research project in the area of consumer protection, financial markets and human rights.