ILS Lecture - BRICS as a Global Legal Actor: From Regulatory Innovation to BRICS Law?

Tuesday February 24, 2015
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM


Mihaela Papa, PhD

Fletcher LLM Program

BRICS as a Global Legal Actor: From Regulatory Innovation to BRICS Law?


Cabot 205
The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
160 Packard Ave
Medford MA, 02155

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BRICS as a Global Legal Actor: From Regulatory Innovation to BRICS Law? Cabot 205 5:30 PM, Tuesday, 24th February 2015. Projections about the future of global regulation have traditionally relied on two assumptions: that emerging powers are gradually socializing into the system in place (“rising from within”), and that the existing institutions are largely robust. The BRICS group challenges both of these assumptions. BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) have demonstrated that they can capitalize on their joint influence, exert pressure for institutional change and create new BRICS institutions. This talk examines the emergence of the BRICS as a global legal actor and its mobilization to influence the field of law at the global level. It asks whether the group has a distinctive view of global regulation, analyzes its regulatory innovations and discusses the prospects for developing BRICS law. Speaker: Prof. Mihaela Papa Mihaela Papa is a Lecturer in Sustainable Development at the Fletcher School and an Overseas Member of the Center for BRICS Studies at Fudan University in Shanghai. Dr. Papa's research focuses on two contemporary challenges of global governance: sustainable development and the rise of new powers. Her dissertation examined the use of forum shopping as a negotiation strategy in ineffective international environmental institutions and its role in institutional change. During her postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Law School, she investigated the rise of new powers in global governance from a legal perspective. She is currently engaged in several projects on rising powers' legal cooperation and practices with the Center for BRICS Studies in Shanghai, where she spent six months in 2013, and with Prof. Andrew Hurrell and the PRIMO project at Oxford University. Dr. Papa has taught global governance, the BRICS and sustainable development courses at Brandeis University's graduate policy school, Boston University's undergraduate IR program, Fudan University in China and University of Geneva in Switzerland. She has been recently awarded a grant from the Harvard Kennedy School Negotiation Project to develop a complex multiparty negotiation game for executive education. Dr. Papa has also worked for the European Commission (expert evaluator), International Institute for Sustainable Development (consultant) and the Croatian Foreign Ministry (multilateral affairs officer). This event is sponsored by the Fletcher International Law Society (ILS). Refreshments will be served after the event.

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