Industry Groups in International Governance: A Framework for Reform

21 Pages Posted: 30 Oct 2020 Last revised: 3 Feb 2021

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Melissa (MJ) Durkee

University of Georgia School of Law; University of Georgia - Dean Rusk International Law Center

Date Written: October 29, 2020

Abstract

At a time when many international organizations are focusing on bringing companies on board as partners for important goals like climate mitigation and adaptation, but even shareholders of major multinational companies are seeking to discipline pernicious lobbying by trade associations, it is important to evaluate how to maximize the benefit and restrain the harms of business participation in international governance. This article offers a brief history of engagement between international organizations and industry and trade associations, reviews arguments for embracing or restraining the participation of those groups, and develops a five-part framework for regulations to govern their access.

Keywords: international law, business, trade associations, international governance, lobbying, lawmaking, policy-making, Economic and Social Council

JEL Classification: F13, K22, K33, M48

Suggested Citation

Durkee, Melissa (MJ), Industry Groups in International Governance: A Framework for Reform (October 29, 2020). University of Georgia School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2020-26, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3721501

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