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Private Import Safety Regulation and Transnational New Governance

Errol Meidinger

University at Buffalo Law School

June 9, 2009

Buffalo Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2009-13

This paper examines the role of ‘private’ (non-governmental) regulatory programs in assuring the safety of imported products. Focusing particularly on food safety it argues that private regulatory institutions have great capacity to control safety hazards and to implement dynamic systems for detecting and correcting nascent risks. However, to establish the accountability and legitimacy relationships necessary for long-term effectiveness, private safety regulatory programs must devise new ways of incorporating and responding to the interests of developing country producers, laborers, consumers, and governments. Developed country regulators can aid this process by ‘orchestrating’ transnational governance processes to ensure that private regulatory programs collect and share information, maximize transparency and participation in their standard setting procedures, and experience incentives to deploy maximal care in implementation, monitoring, and enforcement.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 25

Keywords: corporate social responsibility, consumer protection, food safety, globalization, import regulation, import safety, international trade, market chain governance, new governance, private regulation, private standard setting, product safety, regulatory governance, safety regulation, supply chain

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Date posted: June 9, 2009 ; Last revised: June 24, 2009

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Meidinger, Errol, Private Import Safety Regulation and Transnational New Governance (June 9, 2009). Buffalo Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2009-13. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1416758

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