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LEXSECURE Project Information

The LEXSECURE project studies the legal foundations of global supply chains and what could be done to ensure secure supply of critical goods, such as medical supplies, in times of global crises. Today’s system of transnational trade is based on the belief that state interference should be avoided to allow free and efficient trade. Nonetheless, several exceptions are built into the system to allow states and private actors to derogate from this starting point in case of internal crises. If global trade is instead struck by a system-wide crisis, such as global refugee streams, climate change, or a pandemic like COVID-19, then there is a danger that each state’s uncoordinated and indiscriminate use of available exceptions disrupts the system more than is reasonable and prevents critical supplies from reaching those most in need. LEXSECURE maps the system of exceptions in transnational trade and evaluates possibilities for developing secure supply chains to counter future crises. It seeks to develop a coherent approach to fostering security of supply through law – as opposed to the current regulatory approach that seems to drift to the use of exceptions every time the society is faced with a crisis.

Project period: 21.08.2020 → 30.11.2023

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Latest from LEXSECURE

Chaos, control or coordination: Shaping transnational supply in a world of crises

Presentation in the conference ‘7th Global Meeting on Law and Society: Rage, Reckoning and Remedy’ in Lisbon on July 13 – 16, 2022. LEXSECURE researchers Jaakko Salminen and Isabell Storsjö presented work on ‘Chaos, control or coordination: Shaping transnational supply in a world of crises’ in a session entitled ‘The spatial politics of private internationalContinue reading “Chaos, control or coordination: Shaping transnational supply in a world of crises”

Project presentation published by the Academy of Finland

The Academy of Finland has published a summary of the projects funded under the programme ‘Pandemics and Other Crises – Response and Preparedness (RESILIENCE) 2021–2023’, which includes the LEXSECURE project. The publication (only in Finnish) is available on the Academy of Finland programme webpage.

Corporate Responsibility and Liability in relation to Climate Change

Session in the international conference ‘Corporate Responsibility and Liability in relation to Climate Change’ on May 19 – 20, 2022. PI Jaakko Salminen presented work done together with Agnes Hellner and LEXSECURE researchers Mikko Rajavuori and Mika Viljanen, on the topic ‘Private Law and the Rana Plaza Moment of Climate Change’ in the session ‘Accountability, science, and sustainability’,Continue reading “Corporate Responsibility and Liability in relation to Climate Change”

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