Richard W. Parker

Professor of Law, Director of the Semester in DC Program and Policy Director, Center for Energy and Environmental Law
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202-258-2617 (DC)
Campus Address: Chase 315
Semester in DC Program
3409 Patterson St., NW
Washington, DC 20015
  • 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 at UConn School of Law. His scholarship focuses on strengthening domestic and trans-national governance in a variety of policy contexts ranging from energy, climate and ocean management to domestic health, safety and environmental regulation.

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 contributed to expert panels developing recommendations to strengthen public participation and agency analysis in rulemaking. In 2011, Professor Parker served as a convenor and facilitator for a Department of Energy negotiated rulemaking on energy efficiency standards for distribution transformers. He is currently serving 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. 

Prior to joining the faculty in 1995, Professor Parker served as assistant general counsel in the Office of the United States Trade Representative where he advised on the negotiation of the U.S.-Canada Free Trade Agreement (the predecessor to NAFTA), and represented the United States in trade disputes involving Canada, Israel, Europe, and Japan. He also has served as special counsel to the deputy administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where his responsibilities included assisting the deputy administrator in overseeing the agency’s international programs and coordinating the agency’s regulatory policy and trade and environment policy.

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, Choosing Norms To Promote Compliance and Effectiveness: The Case For International Environmental Benchmark Standards, in International Compliance With Non-Binding  Accords (ASIL, 1998)
Richard W. Parker, Grading the Government, 70 U. Chi. L. Rev. 1345 (2003)
Richard W. Parker, The Empirical Roots of the 'Regulatory Reform' Movement: A Critical Appraisal, 58 Admin. L. Rev. 359 (2006)
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)

Richard W. Parker, The Problem with Scorecards: How (And How Not) To Measure the Cost-Effectiveness of Economic Sanctions, 21 Mich. J. Int'l L. 235 (2000)