Abbott speaks on international regulatory cooperation in Paris

Wednesday, May 7, 2014


 Ken Abbott

Ken Abbott, Faculty Co-director of the Center for Law and Global Affairs and Jack E. Brown Professor of Law, participated in a closed-door workshop at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris in April. The meeting, "International Regulatory Cooperation: The Role of International Organizations", brought together the chair of the Regulatory Policy Committee along with representatives of 17 international organizations, OECD staff, and delegates to the OECD from national governments. 

Abbott gave the opening presentation to the first substantive session of the day, an overview of trends in regulatory cooperation and the role of international organizations. The workshop was convened to explore the idea that states collaborate in many ways to reduce the regulatory burden on firms and individuals and to increase effectiveness. Although some of this regulatory cooperation takes place bilaterally and in other forums, much of it is done through international organizations. 

A top international law scholar with over 30 years of experience, Abbott focuses on the interdisciplinary study of international law and international relations. His areas of interest include public and private institutions, environmental issues, and development policy. He also teaches in the School of Politics and Global Studies.

Abbott, along with Dan Bodansky and David Gartner, directs the College of Law's Center for Law and Global Affairs. The College of Law's international law program now ranks among the 20 best in the country.   

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