International Conference on Global Regulatory Governance: Unpacking the Complexity of Regulatory Governance in a Globalising World

4–6 July 2019  |  Henry Cheng International Conference Centre, Cheng Yu Tung Building, The Chinese University of Hong Kong



With strong support from the ECPR Standing Group on Regulatory Governance, The CUHK is introducing this conference series on regulatory regimes in Asia as an initial step to globalising research on regulatory governance. The objective is to gather together researchers from both East and West to explore complex issues on regulatory governance. Underpinning this event is the vision of building a global network to meet the demands and challenges of globalising research on regulatory governance.


The conference consisted of a plenary session, 60 parallel thematic discussion sessions and an editors’ forum. The plenary session was open to the public and attracted nearly 220 people. Dr Chi-kwong Law, Secretary for Labour and Welfare of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, officiated at the conference. Prof. Rocky Tuan, Vice-Chancellor of CUHK, delivered speeches of welcome. The keynote speech was delivered by Prof. Colin Scott (Convener, ECPR Standing Group on Regulatory Governance). Prof. Scott spoke on mega-regulation, meta-regulation and the autonomy of the globalised higher education sector.



The 60 thematic discussion sessions were aimed at facilitating academic exchanges. These sessions engaged more than 200 non-local panellists from 31 countries. The panellists participated in frank and critical discussions on various topics and made key suggestions in the following aspects: regulatory governance in emerging sectors, global and regional regulatory governance, innovations and value creation in regulatory governance, trends and emerging issues in regulation and compliance, and regulatory challenges for the global south. Comments were also made about the establishment of global regulatory regimes and how regulatory norms in different parts of the world needed to be revised.



The editors’ forum wrapped up the conference. Four scholars who are former / current editors of well-known journals in regulatory governance were invited. Prof. David Levi-Faur (Editor, Regulation & Governance), Prof. Salvado Parrado (Associate Editor, Public Administration), Prof. Nancy Reichman (Former Editor-in-Chief, Law & Policy), Prof. Claire A. Dunlop (Editor, Public Policy and Administration) introduced their journals and shared viewpoints on improving the quality of the journal articles. The session ended with short closing remarks by Prof. Carlos W. H. Lo and Prof. Fanny M. Cheung.



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