Workshop on Transnational Private Regulation and Multi-level Governance in Southeast Asia: Investigating the Possibilities and Limitations for “Progressive” Governance held on 8-9 December 2014, funded by a seed grant from the Monash-Warwick Strategic Alliance.

This research workshop, funded by a 2013 seed grant from the Monash-Warwick Strategic Alliance, brings together eight scholars from Warwick and Monash universities studying various private systems of rule in Southeast Asia. Led by Prof Shaun Breslin (Warwick) and Assoc Prof Helen Nesadurai (SASS, Monash Malaysia), the multi-disciplinary team includes scholars from Warwick’s Law School and Department of Politics and International Relations as well as scholars from Monash Malaysia’s School of Arts and Social Sciences and the School of Business, and from Monash’s Clayton Campus (School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts). This research collaboration examines how rules and standards developed by non-state actors such as private firms, NGOs and scholars, often collaboratively, may be helping to advance a range of rights (such as human, labour, and land rights) and a set of good governance practices (such as accountability, transparency, sustainability) in a range of economic sectors across the region. While paying close attention to transnational private regulation’s “progressive” governance potential, the project is also alert to its limitations and the challenges faced, including official resistance to private regimes and their possible capture by self-interested parties (states, firms).