Regulatory Governance
Standing Group

Award for Regulatory Studies Development

2016: Julia Black

Professor Julia Black is the winner of the 2016 Standing Group Award for Regulatory Studies Development.

It is our great honour and pleasure to let you know that the Steering Committee of the ECPR Standing Group on Regulatory Governance has elected Professor Julia Black as winner of the Standing Group Award for Regulatory Studies Development. The award is intended to recognize a senior scholar for his or her achievements in, and contributions to, regulation & governance scholarship and teaching. The Award, which was established in 2014, is awarded every two years. The Steering Committee was unanimous in its decision to give the award to Prof. dr. Julia Black.

Julia Black

Julia Black is Pro Director for Research and Professor of Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Moreover, she is currently Interim Director of the LSE. She is also an independent member of the Board of the Solicitors Regulation Authority and was elected as a Fellow of the British Academy in 2015. Julia completed her first degree in Jurisprudence and her DPhil at Oxford University, and joined the Law Department of the LSE in 1994. She has received grants from the British Academy & Leverhulme Trust, the ESRC and the Canadian SSRC. She has been a visiting fellow at the University of Sydney, All Souls College, Oxford and in 2014 was the Sir Frank Holmes Visiting Professor in Public Policy at the Victoria University, Wellington, NZ. She is a research associate of the LSE & ESRC Systemic Risk Centre and LSE's Centre for the Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR), and co-chairs CARR's Regulators' Forum. She is also General Editor of the Modern Law Review and on the editorial boards of Regulation and Governance and Law and Policy.

Julia has served as an external member on the Education and Training Committee for the Solicitors Regulation Authority in 2013 and joined the SRA Board as an independent member in January 2014. She has been a member of the SRA's Regulatory Risk Committee and currently chairs the SRA's Standards Committee. She has advised policy makers, consumer bodies, law reform bodies and regulators on issues of institutional design and regulatory policy in the UK and overseas over many years.

Professor Julia Black is one of the world's preeminent authorities on regulation and she has contributed very significantly to the development of socio-legal studies in the field of regulation. Her book "Rules and Regulators" (Clarendon Press Oxford 1997) draws attention to the importance of context and community in which rules operate in order to answer the question of `how to make rules work'. Setting the theory against an empirical study of the formation and use of rules in the financial sector, she demonstrates complex ways in which a rule and community interact. Julia's study emphasizes that ultimate abstract conclusions about rules are not possible, rules must always `fit' into the community in which they are to function. This study was very innovative study and was really formative for the type of research Julia Black has been pursuing since then, including her very influential work on principles based regulation.

However, her unusually wide-ranging scholarship extends well beyond understanding of the setting and implementation of rules in financial markets. She has significantly enhanced understanding of the role of institutions in regulatory policy, both theoretically and empirically, and also the centrality of procedures and relationships for giving meaning and effect to regulatory governance. Through this strand of work she has built on and developed some of the most influential theoretical strands of the field, including very influential work on the concept of `decentred regulation (which set down a path developed by herself and many others on the role of non-state actors and heterarchical instruments in contemporary regulation), her work with Robert Baldwin both on Really Responsive Regulation and Really Responsive Risk Regulation, and significant theoretical contributions to the challenge of managing legitimacy in regulatory regimes. Substantively, from her starting point in financial regulation, she has addressed significant questions also in the areas of biotechnology, the environment and the regulation of consumer markets and many other policy fields. Overall, Professor Black has addressed and advanced many and perhaps most of the key areas of contemporary concern in regulatory governance scholarship and has shared her learning extensively both with scholarly and practice communities.

2014: David Levi-Faur

Since the Giandomenico Majone Prize is aimed at early-career scholars, the Steering Committee of the ECPR Standing Group on Regulatory Governance has decided to establish a new award in order to be able to recognize the contributions to the field of regulatory governance by senior scholars: the Standing Group Award for Regulatory Studies Development. The newly established award bestows recognition on a senior scholar who promoted a new teaching initiative, opened a new research sub field, delivered crucial publications or made a significant public contribution to the field (i.e., a large dataset, a new technique).

After a nomination round and deliberation among the Steering Committee, which acts as a jury for this award, we are very pleased to announce that David Levi-Faur has been awarded the first Standing Group Award for Regulatory Studies Development.

David Levi-Faur

David Levi-Faur is the first recipient of this award because of his successful efforts to create an academic regulatory governance community, as exemplified by his initiative to co-found the ECPR Standing Group on Regulation and Governance in 2005 and because of his high impact research. David Levi-Faur is a professor at the Federmann School of Public Policy and the Department of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Together with John Braithwaite and Cary Coglianese he was the founding editor of the successful Wiley-Blackwell journal Regulation & Governance. He has held research and teaching positions at the University of Haifa, the University of Oxford, the Australian National University, the University of Manchester and the Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin as well as visiting positions at the London School of Economics, the University of Amsterdam, the University of Utrecht and the University of California (Berkeley).

His numerous and much-cited publications include special issues of the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences (The Global Diffusion of Regulatory Capitalism, co-edited with Jacint Jordana) and Governance (Varieties of Regulatory Capitalism) and editorships of the Oxford Handbook of Governance (OUP, 2012) and The Handbook of the Politics of Regulation (Edward Elgar, 2011). Together with Avishai Benish he is editing the working paper series Jerusalem Papers in Regulation & Governance.

The award was granted during the Biennial Conference of the Standing Group, hold in Barcelona 25-27 June 2014, where the laureate addressed the conference audience with a speech.

Congratulations to David Levi-Faur for this well-deserved honour!

More information on the nomination and selection procedure can be found at the regulations of the Standing Group Award for Regulatory Studies Development.

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