Regulatory Governance in a Changing World

June 17-18, 2024

University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School

3501 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

The Penn Program on Regulation is pleased to host the inaugural conference of a new International Association on Regulation & Governance. This two-day conference, which will be held on the University of Pennsylvania campus on June 17-18, 2024, will focus on the theme of “Regulatory Governance in a Changing World.”


We aim for this new association to bring together regulatory scholars and practitioners from diverse fields and perspectives and from all regions of the world. We seek to strengthen global connections in the pursuit of cross-disciplinary collaboration and research, the promotion of professional networking and mentorship, and ultimately the advancement of the study of regulation and regulatory governance as academic fields.


The registration link above is for anyone who wishes to attend the conference.


A special note for paper presenters and panel members: The registration process via the link above is separate from the earlier conference call for proposals. Anyone whose paper has been accepted as part of the conference program will still be expected to register for the conference. To be included on the program, please register via the link above by April 30. And unless your proposal was specifically accepted as a remote presentation, the expectation is that you will be attending the conference in person.


Questions about the conference should be directed to

Please note that more information will be added to this webpage as the conference date approaches, so be sure to check back for updates.

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The full conference agenda is still coming together. But already we have so many interesting sessions planned! Listed below are titles of some of the panels we expect to have—among many others.  In addition to dozens of organized concurrent panel sessions, as shown below, we expect to have several prominent plenary sessions, including:

Plenary Lunch Roundtable Discussion: “Global Perspectives on Regulation and Technology”


A roundtable discussion with leading scholars from North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa, including:


  • Kwaku Antwi, Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration
  • Yong Lim, Seoul National University
  • Susan Silbey, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Evening Reception and Plenary Fireside Chat: “Improving Regulatory Governance: A Cross-National Dialogue”




  • Stephen Gibson, Chair, U.K. Regulatory Policy Committee
  • Richard Revesz, Administrator, U.S. Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs
  • Valerie Braithwaite, Professor of Regulatory Studies, RegNet, School of Regulation and Global Governance, Australian National University



In addition to the above plenary sessions, some of the other planned panels will include. . . . 

  • Regulation in a Turbulent Era
  • Shaming in the Regulatory and Enforcement Process
  • Computational Analysis of Regulation and Governance
  • Governmental Use of Private Standards in Regulations
  • Regulating for Trust and Trust in Regulation
  • Governance via Intermediaries: Puzzles, Challenges and Implications
  • Anticipatory Policy Making and Impact Assessment in the EU and US
  • Regulating Insolvency in Emerging Industries? Unveiling New Frontiers with Cannabis, DAOs, and Crypto
  • Participatory Approaches to Policy and Regulatory Design
  • Naming and Shaming: Dynamics, Strategies and Effects of Reputational Pressure by State and Civil Society Watchdogs
  • Structural Choices in Institutional Governance Design
  • Regulatory Policies in Brazil: Where Have They Come From and Where Are They Going?
  • Reconnecting Federal Regulation and the Common Law
  • Full Electrification Requirements: Investment & Regulation
  • Digital Governance in China
  • Grid Reliability and Resilience: Roles and Responsibilities of Federal Regulators
  • Can the Public Be Trusted: The Promise and Perils of Voluntary Compliance
  • Regulatory Governance in Search of Discretion and Legitimacy: Conditions and Effects of a Shift Towards Goal-, Principle- or Performance-Based Regulations
  • Better Regulation/Good Regulatory Practices: Governance and Innovation Challenges in the Developing/Developed World

Attendees will receive access to all programs on the University of Pennsylvania’s lovely law school campus. Breakfast, lunches, and afternoon snacks will be provided, and a plenary reception with food and drink is planned for Monday evening. In addition to the usual conference materials provided, all attendees will receive access to recordings of the sessions for a 30-day period following the conclusion of the conference.


Although most of the conference sessions will be held in person, we will have panels that will be live-streamed and some that will be conducted exclusively via Zoom. Revisit this website for further details.



Standard Registration: $150.00 (includes breakfasts, lunches, afternoon refreshments, reception)

Remote-only Registration: $75.00

Student Registration (in person or remote): $50.00  


Conference registration will remain open through the end of the conference. However, those who have submitted paper proposals or are part of proposed panels need to register by no later than April 30 to be included on the program.  Refund policy is stated on the registration page that is linked above.

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There are several hotels located within walking distance of the conference site at Penn Carey Law:


Plane: Philadelphia International Airport is approximately 20 minutes away from the University of Pennsylvania campus by Uber/Lyft/taxi (depending on traffic).

Train: Amtrak’s William H. Gray III 30th Street Station is conveniently located at 30th and Market Streets, a brief car ride or walk away from Penn’s campus.


Parking: Hourly visitor parking is available at the lot at 34th and Chestnut Streets, as well as the lot at 38th and Walnut Streets. Both of these lots are open from 6:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. and accept credit card payment only.

Philadelphia is home to many historical and cultural landmarks, as well as a thriving restaurant scene. Some sites of possible interest include:


Philadelphia is home to a vibrant, world-class restaurant scene. Below are just a few of the many noteworthy eateries you might consider exploring.


  • Fork, in Philly’s historic Old City district, as well as sister restaurant High Streetoffer standout new American fare
  • Parc: French bistro situated along beautiful Rittenhouse Square
  • Suraya: Award-winning Lebanese restaurant and market in the Fishtown neighborhood 
  • Zahav: Featuring Israeli cuisine and located in Society Hill, Zahav in 2019 received the James Beard Award for best restaurant in the United States.
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Regulatory practitioners or others seeking to enhance their professional training may find these other upcoming programs, offered through Penn Carey Law in June, to be of interest:

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