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.

We have reached capacity of our conference venues and the RSVP is now closed. If you are interested in the project, please feel free to get in touch at

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
Nahuel Maisley, Paul Mertenskötter, & Thomas Streinz, “Thinking with InfraReg”
Chair: Amy Zhang
Commentator: Gregoire Mallard

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