Infrastructures as Regulation

Sep 28 29, 2018

The IILJ’s InfraReg project will convene a conference on “Infrastructures-as-Regulation” (InfraReg) on 28-29 September 2018 at NYU School of Law.

This conference is open to the NYU community, and also to other interested scholars, but space is limited. Please email us at infraregiilj@gmail.com if you would like to attend. Check this page before the conference for program updates and materials.

InfraReg Conference Draft Agenda

[PDF here]

Friday, 28 September 2018

(Colloquium Room, NYU Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life, 238 Thompson Street, 5th Floor)

8:30-9:00am: Breakfast

9:00-10:30am: Session 1 – Introduction and Framing
Benedict Kingsbury & Sally Merry, Infrastructures-as-Regulation
Panelists: Gregoire Mallard
Chair: Amy Zhang

10:30-10:45am: Coffee Break

10:45am-12:30pm: Session 2 – Human Interaction with Infrastructures-as-Regulation
Sarandha Jain, Fluvial Government and Liquid Infrastructure: Tracking Petroleum in India
Tiana Hayden, Criminal Infrastructures: the Appropriation and Transformation of Mexico’s Food System in the Context of Insecurity
Caroline Melly, Bottleneck: An Urban Physics
Chair: Aishani Gupta
Commentator: Richard Wilson

12:30-1:30pm: Lunch Break

1:30-2:30pm: Session 3 – Temporal and Informational Technologies as Regulatory Infrastructures
Geoff Gordon, Global Temporal Infrastructure
Galit Sarfaty, Outsourcing Human Rights Compliance: Global Supply Chains as Relational Infrastructures
Chair: Nahuel Maisley
Commentator: Peer Zumbansen

2:30-3:30pm: Session 4 – Digital Technologies as Regulatory Infrastructures
Andrea Leiter & Jake Goldenfein, Legal Engineering on the Blockchain: ‘Smart Contracts’ as Legal Conduct
Tilen Cuk, Supplanting Human Leviathan by Blockchain: Regulatory Mechanisms behind Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs)
Chair: Thomas Streinz
Commentator: Kevin Davis

(Break and walk from Kimmel Center to Law School Faculty Library)

4:00-5:30pm: Session 5 – Reflections on Infrastructures-as-Regulation
Panelists: Miriam Ticktin, Jérôme Sgard, Harlan Cohen
Chair: Paul Mertenskötter

Saturday, 29 September 2018

(Pollack Colloquium Room, 9th floor (take elevator all the way to the top), Furman Hall, 245 Sullivan Street)

8:30-9:00am: Breakfast

9:00-10:30am: Session 1 – Governance in Infrastructure
Alon Jasper, The Democratic Deficit of Infrastructure
Matthew Canfield, Constituting the Collaborative Ethic: The Regulatory Infrastructures of Ecotopia
Stephanie Kane, Infrastructural Edge as Internal Legal Frontier: Flood Control in Manitoba
Chair: Nicolas Lamp
Commentator: Alejandro Rodiles

10:30-10:45am: Coffee Break

10:45am-12:30pm: Session 2 – The Database as Global Regulation: People, Money, Tax
Gavin Sullivan, Global Security Infrastructures and the Politics of Formatting
Gregoire Mallard & Anna Hanson, The Regulatory Infrastructures of Money: Digital Transparency and Illicit Money Flows in Global Banks
Jin Sun, Tax Database as Global Law: FACTA, CRS and global tax database infrastructure
Chair: Tleuzhan Zhunaussova
Commentator Gerry Simpson

12:30-1:30pm: Lunch Break

1:30-3:00pm: Session 3 – Physical Infrastructures for Digital Society
Alex Reiss-Sorokin, Satellites, Drones & Balloons: The Right to Connect and Above the Ground Internet Infrastructure
Fernanda Ribeiro Rosa, Internet Infrastructure as a Point of Control: Surveillance and Censorship through Internet Exchange Points
Brett Frischmann, Re-Engineering Humanity and the Perils of Smart Environments
Chair: Katharin Tai
Commentator: Eyal Benvenisti

3:00-4:00pm: Session 4 – Thinking with Infrastructures-as-Regulation
Pulling together themes & reactions from Edefe Ojomo & Richard Rottenburg
Chairs: Benedict Kingsbury & Sally Merry