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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

LEXSECURE research insight: What role for the markets in the EU’s broadened security of supply policy?

The first research output of WP3 (Work Package 3), which focuses on the role of EU market regulation on security of supply, has just been made available as an open access article in the Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law. The authors analyzed the measures that the EU has taken to secure the availabilityContinue reading LEXSECURE research insight: What role for the markets in the EU’s broadened security of supply policy?

The European Union’s government of Covid-19 as an emergency

Presentation in the Critical Legal Conference 2022: Liminalities in Tromso on August 31 – September 2, 2022. LEXSECURE researchers Mirva Salminen and Tomi Tuominen gave the presentation ‘The European Union’s government of Covid-19 as an emergency’ in a session entitled ‘The Return of the Exception: Emergency-Law-War and the Post-Liberal Legality’. The conference was organized atContinue reading “The European Union’s government of Covid-19 as an emergency”

LEXSECURE presented at conferences across Europe

The Principal Investigator of the LEXECURE project, Jaakko Salminen, presented work at several conferences across Europe in summer 2022. The Law and Infrastructure of Global Commerce conference, University of Amsterdam, 6–8 July 2022. Salminen presented on the topic ‘Humans as infrastructure: Personal relations and the global governance of production in times of crisis’ in theContinue reading “LEXSECURE presented at conferences across Europe”

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