[Mon SEP 5] The 48th STIG Policy Platform Seminar : International Regulatory Cooperation, Impact Assessment, and Policy Learning

The 48th STIG Policy Platform :
International Regulatory Cooperation, Impact Assessment, and Policy Learning

Date:Monday, September 5th, 10:30-12:00
Venue:Room 203, School of Law Bldg., The University of Tokyo
Guest Speaker:Prof. Jonathan B. WIENER, Duke University, School of Law
Open to all, upon registration

Regulatory standards may vary across countries. In some cases, such regulatory variation may pose barriers to trade. This has stimulated interest in “international regulatory cooperation” (IRC), in order to reduce unnecessary regulatory differences and increase trade. International agreements to promote IRC, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), seek in part to harmonize some regulatory standards. Debate continues over whether such harmonization would streamline or undermine regulatory protections. But there is a deeper role for IRC: promoting “policy learning” toward improving regulation. This approach to IRC would encourage the use of “impact assessment” (IA) to design and review regulations in each country. It would see regulatory variation across countries not only as a problem, but also as a useful source of data and experience to evaluate regulatory impacts and choose the best regulatory approaches, building a “global policy laboratory.” It would employ regulatory impact assessment not only prospectively (ex ante), but also retrospectively (ex post) and iteratively (continually), toward “planned adaptive regulation” that builds learning and updating into regulatory systems.

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Science, Technology, and Innovation Governance(STIG)
Co-Hosted by: Policy Alternatives Research Institute