International Regulatory Co-operation and International Organisations

The Cases of the OECD and the IMO

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The world is witnessing the progressive emergence of an open, dynamic, globalised economy, and the intensification of global challenges such as systemic risks, environmental protection, human health or safety. Against this background, governments are increasingly seeking to ensure greater co-ordination on regulatory objectives, processes and enforcement and to eliminate unnecessary regulatory divergences and redundancies. International regulatory co-operation (IRC) represents a critical opportunity to foster sustainable and inclusive growth through lower barriers to international flows and better rules of the game for all. It is real but remains largely untapped. This publication presents findings and two case studies from an April 2014 meeting on the role of international organisations in IRC, as well as a contribution from K. W. Abbott, on International organisations and international regulatory co-operation: Exploring the links.



This report is part of a mini collection of books on the topic of international regulatory co-operation (IRC). It builds on the 2013 publication on International Regulatory Co-operation: Addressing Global Challenges, which offers evidence of the intensifying regulatory co-operation across countries and the growing role that international organisations play as standard setting bodies. This volume launches work on the rule-making activities of international organisations by the OECD together with other IOs. It reflects initial discussions held among 16 international organisations, OECD countries and stakeholders in a meeting organised in Paris on 16 April 2014. It provides insights into the growing role of international organisations as standard-setters based on the contribution of a prominent academic and case studies of the OECD and of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).


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