- Administrative Law & Policy
- Domestic & International Environmental Law & Governance
- International Trade Law & Policy
- Trade & Environmental Law
- Trans-national Regulatory Cooperation
Richard Parker teaches and writes in the fields of administrative law and domestic and international environmental law. An expert in regulatory policy and analysis, he has published major articles examining the use of cost-benefit analysis in health, safety and environmental regulation. His research uses the tools of economic analysis to refute highly influential -- but false --claims that federal regulations harm the economy. It also identifies ways to strengthen agency analysis and improve communication of unquantified benefits and distributive impacts.
Professor Parker has taught international environmental law, with a focus on climate law, for over two decades. His scholarship in this field includes articles or book chapters on international regulatory harmonization and cooperation; the design of cap and trade schemes to address climate change; and the use of trade leverage to advance environmental goals.
Professor Parker is a leading scholar and practitioner of negotiated rulemaking, a process for developing major proposed rules on complex and difficult issues through with broad-based and balanced public participation that empowers otherwise marginalized interests. During the Obama Administration, Professor Parker convened and facilitated three negotiated rulemaking exercises. One of these, sponsored by the Department of Energy, helped develop enhanced energy efficiency standards for distribution transformers. Two others, sponsored by the Department of Transportation, developed a consensus training standard for commercial truck drivers and a new proposal to enhance the access of disabled passengers to commercial aircraft.
From 2013 to 2016, he advised the European Commission on ways to enhance trans-national regulatory collaboration with the United States as part of the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) talks. Prior to joining the faculty at the UConn School of Law, Professor Parker served as Assistant General Counsel in the Office of the United States Trade Representative, and then as Special Counsel to the Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He is a section delegate and council member for the American Bar Association’s Section on Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice and chairs its Committee on Environment and Natural Resources.
He holds a B.A. in public and international affairs from Princeton University, a J.D. from Yale Law School, and a D.Phil. in politics from Oxford University, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar.
Richard W. Parker, The Faux Scholarship Foundations of the Regulatory Rollback Movement, 45 Ecol. L. Quarterly 101 (2019).
Richard W. Parker, Prepared Statement, Hearing on Federally Incurred Cost of Regulatory Changes and How Such Changes are Made: Hearing Before United States Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management, 116th Cong. (2019).
Richard W. Parker, Hyping the Cost of Regulation, The Regulatory Review (June 25, 2018).
Richard W. Parker, A Comparative Overview of EU and US Legislative and Regulatory Systems: Implications for Domestic Governance and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, 22 Colum. J. Eur. L. 61 (2015).
Richard W. Parker, Four Challenges for TTIP Regulatory Cooperation, 22 Colum. J. Eur. L. 1 (2015).
Richard W. Parker, The Empirical Roots of the Regulatory Reform Movement: A Critical Appraisal, 58 Admin. L. Rev. 359 (2006).
Richard W. Parker, Grading the Government, 70 U. Chi. L. Rev. 1345 (2003).
Richard W. Parker, The Use and Abuse of Trade Leverage to Protect the Global Commons: What We Can Learn from the Tuna-Dolphin Conflict, 12 Geo. Int'l Envtl. L. Rev. 1 (1999).