- Administrative Law
- Regulatory Policy and Process
- International Governance
- Energy Law
- Climate Policy
- Trade and Environment
- International Trade and Regulation
Richard Parker teaches and writes in the fields of administrative law and domestic and international environmental law. His scholarship focuses on strengthening domestic and trans-national governance in a variety of policy contexts, with a focus on collaborative approaches to policy development and governance.
Professor Parker is one the nation’s leading practitioners of negotiated rulemaking, a multi-stakeholder collaborative process for developing major proposed rules on complex and difficult issues of public policy. In 2011, he led a Department of Energy negotiated rulemaking to propose consensus energy efficiency standards for distribution transformers. In 2016 and 2017, he led two successful negotiated rulemakings sponsored by the Department of Transportation. These undertakings brought together large groups of stakeholder representatives from industry, civil society and government to develop a consensus solution to a problem that the agency had been unable to resolve unilaterally in the past. He also advised the European Commission on ways to enhance trans-national regulatory collaboration as part of the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) talks.
From 2006 to 2009 he founded and led the American Foreign Policy Project, which brought together twenty-one top diplomats, including three ambassadors, and experts to develop and promote a plan for achieving a secure and peaceful resolution of the Iran nuclear challenge. The proposal developed by this group foreshadowed the U.S.-Iran agreement that emerged in later years.
Professor Parker has published major articles or book chapters on international regulatory harmonization and cooperation; the design of fisheries management regimes; the use of trade leverage in oceans management; and the use of cost-benefit analysis in health, safety and environmental regulation. He also has published major articles critically examining (and debunking) widely circulated claims that federal regulations are pervasively irrational and excessively costly in relation to their benefits.
Prior to joining the faculty in 1995, 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 serves as co-chair of the American Bar Association Administrative Law Section’s Committee on Environment and Natural Resources and vice chair of the Section’s Committee on Collaborative Governance.
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).