Global Administrative Law: Improving Inter-institutional Connections in Global and National Regulatory Governance

Research on how the interactions between and among institutions can affect developing countries' ability to implement regulatory goals and reforms will shed light on the neglected field of law and development. It will also develop a deeper understanding of the factors underlying regulatory behaviour.

Although the law and development field has devoted a lot of attention to developing-country institutions, it has tended to study them in isolation. This research aims to foster recognition that interactions between and among institutions are often the crucial factor for understanding how they function and how they drive regulatory reform and behaviour. Such interactions also help explain how the interests of disadvantaged groups - or even certain countries - can be disregarded or ill-considered, even to the point of impeding equitable development.

The research combines four components to be examined in various parts of the world:

- Relations between national courts and regulatory institutions (Brazil, India, and Colombia).

- Relations between national institutions and the new global institutions focused on climate change (India, South Africa).

- The use of indicators as a governance tool to evaluate institutions (Colombia, Kenya, and Brazil).

- Relations between local and foreign institutions in the enforcement of anti-corruption law (Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, and Paraguay).

A focus on "obligation overload" will allow researchers to analyze how fragile or least-developed countries are coping with overwhelming demands to meet competing international obligations.

The research is designed to study the interactions between and among institutions at three levels: the relations of developing-country institutions with other institutions in the same country, with foreign country institutions, and with international institutions.

The findings will increase understanding and knowledge of the dynamics being examined in the four components. The research should also yield findings and recommendations relevant to policy formulation.

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Start Date

Sunday, April 1, 2012

End Date

Thursday, January 1, 2015


24 months

IDRC Officer

Di Giovanni, Adrian

Total funding

CA$ 833,600


North of Sahara, South of Sahara, North and Central America, South America, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, India, Kenya, Peru


Employment and Growth

Project Leader

Rene Urueña


Universidad de los Andes

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