UCL Centre for Law, Economics and Society
Theory and Practice of Regulatory Impact Assessments in Europe:
A Comparative and Interdisciplinary Perspective
Monday 10 June 2013
at the Ecole Nationale d'Administration (ENA)
About the conference:
The main goal of this conference is to portray and analyze the development of the use of Impact Assessments throughout the European Union and its member States as a standard of good governance and, in some cases, as a legal standard which imposes constraints on the administrative action, regulatory or legislative actions. Admittedly, this tool has long been used and known especially in the field of environmental law or public health and the idea is not foreign to the use of economic record in a number of areas of public economic law. Impact assessment forms inherent part of the rise of the “Better Regulation” movement in Europe and the adoption of a number of tools with the aim to measure (Standard Cost Model) and reduce administrative burdens or to evaluate the impact of public policies.
The conference aims to examine in a comparative and interdisciplinary perspective the implementation of impact assessment in the European Union (EU) and Member States of the EU.
The conference will also be an opportunity to present the first empirical results of the joint project of Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA) Gutenberg chair and the Centre for Law, Economics and Society (CLES) at University College London (UCL) on Regulatory Impact Assessments in Europe. For more information on this project, headed by Dr. Ioannis Lianos (Director, CLES/Gutenberg chair at the ENA) see http://www.ucl.ac.uk/cles/research_initiatives/impact_assessments_in_europe
The conference will provide a practical and theoretical perspective on this fascinating and emergent topic with the participation of leading experts from Europe and the United States.
Panel 1: One tool, many uses ? : Regulatory impact assessment, public policy and institutions
Chair: Fabrice Larat (Director CERA, ENA)
Panel 2: The contribution of the regulatory impact assessment tool in reframing "public policy" analysis
Chair: Ioannis Lianos (UCL)
Panel 3: Regulatory impact assessments and their actors
Chair: Bertrand Du Marais (Council of State, France)
Panel 4: Regulatory impact assessments as political arguments