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

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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

Image By David Sim via Wikimedia Commons