New Conversations Project 2nd Annual Conference 2018 - CANCELLED

The Changing Legal Landscape of Private Regulation, New Research on Brand Practices, and the Future of Cambodia as a Sourcing Destination


It is with great regret to announce the conference is postponed due to too many conflicting conferences at this time. Please check back with us on our website for updates.





Welcome and Opening Remarks: Anna Burger, Executive Director, New Conversations Project (NCP)


Panel & Public Discussion: The Rapidly Changing Legal Landscape of Supply Chain Regulation

Home State Regulation such as “duty of vigilance” legislation passed by the French National Assembly; New approaches to dispute resolution and enforcement (e.g., Bangladesh accord and Freedom of Association Protocol in Indonesia); Soft Law Initiatives such as the ACT initiative, and Labor and Competition Law Issues

Chair/Moderator:  Judge Dennis Davis, High Court, Capetown, South Africa


  • Professor Dan Danielsen, Northeastern University:  Overview of Legal Developments w/ focus on statutory developments and private ordering initiatives
  • Noelle Lenoir, Kramer Levin-Paris, Former Judge, French Supreme Court: French Supply Chain law and overview of EU developments
  • Professor Jennifer Bair, University of Virginia: Overview of Multi-Stakeholder Agreements and Initiatives
  • Mary Joyce Carlsson, Attorney, Washington D.C.: Overview of Labor and Competition Law issues





Roundtable Discussion: Legal Developments and Multi-Stakeholder
Collaboration:  Challenges, Opportunities, Ways Forward with Moderator Judge Dennis Davis

Discussants:   Dan Fibiger, Gap Inc.
                       Shauna Blader-Blau, Solidarity Center
                       Representative from Sourcing (TBD)




New Research on Private Governance: Research using new data from several brands on the progress and nature of their private regulation efforts

Presentation: Professors Greg Distelhorst (MIT and University of Toronto) and Sarosh Kuruvilla, Cornell University, Academic Director, NCP

Panel & Public Discussion: Implications of this Research for Practice

Discussants:   Anna Pot, Manager, Responsible Investments, Asset Management NV
                      Irit Tamir, Director, Private Sector Department, Oxfam, USA
                      Wenjuan Yao, Director, Verite, China

3:30-4pm Break

Cambodia: Current Developments and Future Options: A Strategy Discussion

Overview of Developments and Activity: Anna Burger, NCP
Report from the Field; Sharon Waxman and Shelly Han, Fair Labor Association

Public Discussion

5:30-6:30pm Reception


Claire Concepcion

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