Conference on Comparative Law and Regulation

January 31 and February 1, 2014 
The George Washington University Law School 
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052 

The George Washington University Law School and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania present a conference on comparative law and regulation highlighting national, international, and transnational perspectives.

For more information contact Sara Westfall at


Friday, January 31
Jacob Burns Moot Court Room

9-9:15 am: Welcoming remarks from Francesca Bignami and David Zaring

9:15-10:30 am: The Foundations of the Regulatory State

Chair: David Zaring, University of Pennsylvania

  • "The Historical Origins of American Regulatory Exceptionalism"
    Reuel Schiller, University of California, Hastings
  • "The Regulatory State in East Asia"
    John Ohnesorge, University of Wisconsin

Discussant: Richard Pierce, The George Washington University Law School

10:30-11 am: Coffee Break

11 am-12:15 pm: Participation and Rulemaking

Chair: Susan Rose-Ackerman, Yale University

  • "Participation in the US Administrative Process"
    Wendy Wagner, University of Texas at Austin
  • "Participation and Accountability in Chinese Administrative Procedure"
    Neysun Mahboubi, University of Pennsylvania
  • "Regulatory Procedure and Participation in the European Union"
    Stijn Smismans, University of Cardiff

Discussant: Paul R. Verkuil, Chairman, Administrative Conference of the U.S.

12:15-1:30 pm: Lunch

1:30-3 pm: Oversight

Chair: Peter Strauss, Columbia University

  • "The Political Economy of the Law of Lawmaking: The United States in Comparative Perspective"
    Susan Rose-Ackerman, Yale University
  • "Regulatory Impact Analysis"
    Jonathan Wiener, Duke University
  • "Access to Information in the UK and India"
    Ben Worthy, Birkbeck College, University of London

Discussant: Steven J. Balla, George Washington University

3-3:30 pm: Coffee Break

3:30-5:30 pm: Courts and the Regulatory Process

Chair: Wendy Wagner, University of Texas at Austin

  • "The Administrative State, the Rule of Law, and Democracy: Comparative Models of Judicial Review"
    Francesca Bignami, George Washington University
  • "Judicial Control of Administrative Action in East Asia"
    David Law, Washington University, St. Louis
    Cheng-Yi Huang, Institutum Iurisprudentiae, Academia Sinica
  • "The Politics of Law in China: Enforcement Campaigns in the Post-Mao PRC"
    Benjamin Van Rooij, University of California, Irvine
  • "Can Private Class Actions Enforce Marketplace Regulations? Do They? Should They?"
    Deborah Hensler, Stanford University

Discussant: Judge Stephen F. Williams, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit

Saturday, February 1
Stuart 101

8:30-10 am: New Governance

Chair: Francesca Bignami, George Washington University

  • "The Troubling Conjunction of Public and Private Law"
    Peter Strauss, Columbia University
  • "Going Private: Transplanting Law in a Globalized World"
    Jodi Short, University of California, Hastings
  • "Performance-Based Regulation"
    Cary Coglianese, University of Pennsylvania

Discussant: William Kovacic, George Washington University

10-10:30 am: Coffee Break

10:30-12:30 pm: Transnational Governance

Chair: Cary Coglianese, University of Pennsylvania

  • "The Integrated Administrative Law and Governance of the European Union"
    Herwig Hofmann, University of Luxembourg
  • "EU Regulation"
    R. Daniel Kelemen, Rutgers University
  • "The Emerging Post-Crisis Paradigm for International Financial Regulation"
    David Zaring, University of Pennsylvania
  • "How the WTO Shapes Regulatory Governance"
    Gregory Shaffer, University of Minnesota
  • "Global Governance and Nuclear/Natural Disasters"
    Eric Feldman, University of Pennsylvania

Discussant: Abraham L. Newman, Georgetown University

12:30-1:30 pm: Lunch

1:30-2:30 pm: General discussion and next steps

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