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The conceptualisation of “actors” engaging in rule-making is central to theorising power, autonomy, influence and legitimacy, in particular in the case of rule-making beyond the Nation State. This workshop aims to assess the descriptive and normative dimensions of 'actors in rule-making' in European and international law.

Event details of The Actors of Postnational Rulemaking and their Legitimacy
Date 6 June 2014
Time 08:30 -17:00
Architecture of Postnational Rulemaking

This event is organized within the project ' The Architecture of Postnational Rulemaking'.

Background and aim

The conceptualisation of “actors” engaging in rule-making, i.e. those who adopt acts, practices and/or standards in the exercise of legal authority, is central to theorising power, autonomy, influence and legitimacy in rule-making. This is particularly the case in rule-making beyond the Nation State, where the actors may either be fledging or manifold and where the rule-making practices may vary substantially from conventional practices. 

This workshop aims to explore what we may term the gap between doctrine, theory, lexicon and practice so as to assess the descriptive and normative dimensions of “actors engaging in rule-making” in European and International law and we reflect upon the relevance and place of legitimacy in this exercise. We propose to consider what role, inter alia, empirics, thresholds, typologies and functionality plays in our understanding of actors in the postnational setting. Additionally, we explore the relationship between understanding actorship and inter alia, the social, political and institutional legitimacy of those the subject of analysis. We consider whether this enables us to address further questions such as the acceptance of the practices of post-national rule-making, especially the social legitimacy thereof.

Confirmed speakers

  • Prof. Benedict Kingsbury, New York University (keynote speaker) 
  • Prof. Andrea Bianchi, Graduate Institute Geneva
  • Prof. Frank Biermann, VU Amsterdam
  • Dr Richard Collins, University of Sheffield
  • Dr Davor Jancic, London School of Economics
  • Dr Emilia Korkea-aho, University of Helsinki
  • Prof. Matthias Ruffert, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
  • Prof. Ruth Sefton-Green, University Paris-1
  • Dr. René Urueña, University of Los Andes, Bogota
  • Prof. Henri De Waele, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen & University of Antwerp
  • Prof. Jan Wouters, KU Leuven 
  • Dr Jens-Uwe Wunderlich, Aston University


Attendance is limited to invited participants. If you are interested in attending the workshop, please send an email to Elaine Fahey,