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April 2013

VUW hosts Regulatory Reform Conference - 23-24 April 2013

The Victoria University Faculty of Law will host the Conference ‘Recalibrating Behaviour: Smarter Regulation in a Global World’ on 23-24 April 2013. Keynote speakers include Professor Fiona Haines from the School of Social and Political Sciences at University of Melbourne and Professor Jonathon B Wiener from the Nicholas School of the Environment and the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University.

The conference aims to advance the dialogue on regulatory reform in New Zealand using research from the New Zealand Law Foundation’s Regulatory Reform Project. The project started in 2010, led by Professor Susy Frankel, and comprises a multidisciplinary team of researchers from Victoria University’s Faculty of Law, New Zealand Institute of Economic Research and Chapman Tripp. It is the second largest research project the Law Foundation has funded to date.

The catalyst for the project was the theme that ‘smarter regulatory processes and ultimately better regulation should result in both economic and social benefits for New Zealanders’.

The following themes from this interdisciplinary research will be discussed at the conference:

  • Features of the Uniqueness of New Zealand and their Role in Regulation
  • Voyage of Discovery: How do we bring Analytical Techniques to State Driven Behaviour Change?
  • Learning the Way Forward? The Role of Monitoring, Evaluation and Review
  • Experimentation and Regulation
  • Certainty and Discretion

Attendees will also have the opportunity to provide feedback on a Toolkit developed from the research.

The second publication from the Regulatory Reform Project, ‘Recalibrating Behaviour: Smarter Regulation in a Global World’, will be launched at the conference. The first publication Learning from the Past; Adapting for the Future: Regulatory Reform in New Zealand was released in 2011.

Find out more about the conference:

Information about the conference
Full conference programme
Registration form

The Law Foundation is providing funding of up to $1,844,115 for this project.