- The Race to Safety: How Private Lawmaking and Voluntary-Standard Adoption Can Inspire a Global Regime that Strengthens and Harmonizes Product Safety Standards
- Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies
- Indiana University Press
- Volume 23, Issue 1, 2016
- pp. 323-347
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Today’s economy is dominated by global actors. Over the past few decades, transnational corporations have increased in number and importance while domestic corporations have turned to outsourcing to cut costs and increase efficiency. The globalized economy has caused a breakdown in both physical and legal boundaries, as products in international commerce move from one jurisdiction to another, often adhering to safety standards of an entirely different jurisdiction than the one in which they are sold. This breakdown raises concerns about product safety and illustrates the importance of creating a consistent products liability regime for the international market. At the same time, consumer expectations and the high visibility of these large, transnational actors have created an incentive for manufacturers to put safe products in the market. With numerous market forces in play, this Note suggests a regime that promotes private lawmaking and the adoption of voluntary standards. Such a regime has the potential to create consistent product safety standards across jurisdictions while instituting a “race to the top” among these transnational actors.