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Standards often remain unseen, yet they play a fundamental part in the organisation of contemporary capitalism and society at large. What form of power do they epitomise? Why have they become so prominent? Are they set to be as important for the globalisation of services as for manufactured goods?
This event comes back on some findings of a book recently published on the role of standards in the global expansion of services, their institutional environment and cases including the insurance industry and business process outsourcing in India. The power of standards resembles a form of transnational hybrid authority, in which ambiguity should be seen as a generic attribute, defining not only the status of public and private actors involved in standardisation and regulation, but also the scope of issues concerned and the space in which such authority is recognised when complying to standards.
Jean-Christophe Graz, Professor of international relations at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques (IEP) of the University of Lausanne
Andrea Barrios Villarreal, PhD, International Law, magna cum laude, 2016, The Graduate Institute, Geneva
This colloquium will be held in-person. To help protect our community from the spread of COVID-19, please note that face masks must be worn to all in-person events at the Graduate Institute. In addition, we will be registering attendees at the start of the event.
This event is part of the Global Governance Colloquium series.