During the summer, Peter Robson, Class of 2013, traveled to Rome to participate in the 8th Viterbo Global Administrative Law Seminar. The seminar was hosted by the Institute for Research on Public Administration (Istituto di ricerche sulla pubblica amministrazione). The theme of this year’s seminar was “Indicators in Global Governance: Legal Dimensions.” Professors, practitioners and students from across the world gathered to discuss the increasing prominence of indicators (e.g. the World Bank’s Doing Business Indicators, or the U.S. State Department’s annual report on Trafficking in Persons), their legal applications and their effects on global governance.
Robson presented a case study of The Global Aquaculture Performance Index (GAPI). Aquaculture, the farming of fish or other aquatic organisms, is the world’s fastest-growing food production sector and accounts for half of the world’s fish products. The GAPI attempts to rank marine finfish production of certain countries and species according to how environmentally sustainable it is. Robson’s paper provided an evaluation of GAPI’s methodology and assessed possible influences GAPI could have on global governance, such as altering buyer behavior.