New Developments in the World of Standards

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We inhabit a ‘world of standards.’ This is a world where almost every product that we buy, service that we perform or receive, and transactions we make rely upon some mode of standard or are themselves part of broader standardisation cycles. As a result, a large part of our daily lives is actually ‘governed through standards’.


This world of standards has lately been showing some prominent signs of change. For a long time, the focus of technical standardisation was on reconciling the values of free trade and social protection. Today, technical standards are informed by a much wider set of policy goals, such as promoting sustainability, innovation, or safeguarding human rights in the transition towards a digital and circular economy


In addition, on 5 March 2024 the European Court of Justice issued a landmark judgment in C-588/21 P, Public.Resource.Org and Right to Know v Commission and Others on access rights to harmonized standards. The judgement calls the current European standardisation system into question, in particular payment for access to standards. The specific implications of the judgement are still unclear; however, the ruling has potentially far-reaching consequences for the standardisation system in the EU.


 The conference organised by the Centre of Private Governance at Copenhagen Law School (CEPRI) aims to understand and appraise these new developments in the world of standards, taking digitization and sustainability as two prime examples. The conference explores a range of different research questions: What are the new trends and challenges in the making of standards? When do standards constitute law? Can standards work against the law? Who are liable for standards? Are standards in fact able to promote a new range of policy goals? How are standards communicated and perceived in society? With a number of selected speakers from varied scholarly and practical backgrounds, the conference seeks to explore these questions concerning the exciting new developments in the world of standards.


Participation by invitation only. Please contact prof. Vibe Ulfbeck (


"Standards for Cyber Resilience" - Jones Mourao

"Developing standards for the circular economy" - Charlotte Vincent Fischer

"Developing AI standards" - Kim Hilding, presented by Charlotte Fischer

"Copyright issues?" - Jens Schovsbo  

"Conformity in contracts: The role of technical standards" - Nine Riis

"Standards as contract law" - Teresa Rodríguez de las Heras Ballell

"Sustaniability reporting standards in supply chains and liability" - Anna Beckers

"Bio Trade standards and liability" - Carola Glinski

"Standardizing truth" - Peter Rott