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Democracy and Dissent

The Challenge of International Rule Making

Wednesday, July 20 at 12 in Auditorium J1-050

Frank Vibert examines the fundamental issues involved in attempts to rethink international institutions and their rule making procedures. He analyses the basic problems with the existing system and the main approaches to its reform. The book repudiates the idea that there are any simple institutional 'fixes' for current problems, such as relying on the G20 to coordinate global rule making, and also rejects more ambitious attempts to prescribe new general organising principles for world governance. It calls instead for specific remedies for specific problems. The author recommends new procedures for all international rule making, so that both expert groups and governments are subject to much stronger external checks on what they do. Democracy and Dissent will be essential reading for both academics and postgraduate students of risk management and regulation in economics, international relations, international business, political science and international law for the discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of expert rulemaking groups and their procedures. Practitioners in international organisations, NGOs and domestic regulatory bodies will also find this timely resource invaluable. The book opens up new areas for empirical investigation and in the discussion of theory. This event is sponsored by the InfoShop and The Legal Vice Presidency.

Please enter through the InfoShop, on the southeast corner of 18th Street and Pennsylvania Ave, NW or through the lobby, 701 18th Street NW.

CHAIR
Anne-Marie Leroy
Senior Vice President and Group General Counsel, Legal Vice Presidency, World Bank

AUTHOR
Frank Vibert
Senior Visiting Fellow, Centre for Global Governance, London School of Economics and Political Science

DISCUSSANT
Vikram Raghavan
Senior Counsel, Legal Vice Presidency, World Bank

For panelist biographies, please see below.

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CHAIR
Anne-Marie Leroy
Senior Vice President and Group General Counsel, Legal Vice Presidency, World Bank
Ms. Leroy was appointed Senior Vice President and General Counsel for the World Bank in 2009. Prior to joining the World Bank, she was a partner of the Paris Office of Denton Wilde Sapte LLP where she was in charge of the Department of Public Law. In 1991, she was appointed to the Ministry of National Education of France, as a Director of Legal and International Affairs, managing the ministry's representation in courts and providing legal advice to the Minister and ministry units, and bilateral relations with partner countries in the field of education. In 1998 Ms. Leroy took the position of Department Head in charge of Governance and Civil Society issues. She was appointed as Senior Advisor to the Prime Minister of France, Lionel Jospin, in charge of government reform. In 2003, she was appointed by the Board of Executive Directors of the Inter-American Development Bank as a judge with its Administrative Tribunal.

AUTHOR
Frank Vibert
Senior Visiting Fellow, Centre for Global Governance, London School of Economics and Political Science
Mr. Vibert is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Global Governance at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) since November 2010. Prior to this, he was a Senior Visiting Fellow at the ESRC Centre for the Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR) also at the LSE. He is also founding director of the European Policy Forum, a London based Think Tank that specialises in regulatory and institutional questions, that he co-founded in 1992. Prior to that he was a Senior Fellow at the UNU/WIDER and a Senior Advisor at the World Bank. He writes and advises extensively on regulatory, institutional and constitutional issues. Previous books include The Rise of the Unelected (Cambridge University Press, 2007). His most recent paper is Regulation in an Age of Austerity: Reframing International Regulatory Policies (LSE Global Governance, Working Paper).

DISCUSSANT
Vikram Raghavan
Senior Counsel, Legal Vice Presidency, World Bank
Mr. Raghavan is Senior Counsel in the World Bank’s Legal Vice Presidency. As a member of the East Asia and South Asia practice group, he is “country lawyer” for the World Bank’s operations in India, Myanmar, and Korea. In that capacity, he provides legal and transactional advice on a variety of constitutional, operational, and local law issues that arise in World Bank-financed projects in those areas. In the Operations Policy practice group, his responsibilities include handling various legal and policy issues affecting post-conflict situations and fragile states. Before joining the World Bank in 2001, Mr. Raghavan was an associate in the New York office of O'Melveny & Myers. There, he worked on several transactional, litigation, and international-arbitration matters.




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