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Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Professor Donald Elliott Co-authors Chapter in Book on TTP
E. Donald Elliott, Professor (Adjunct) of Law, co-authored a chapter in Rule-Makers or Rule-Takers?: Exploring the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, edited by Daniel S. Hamilton and Jacques Pelkmans. The chapter is on “Greater TTIP Ambition in Chemicals: Why and How.” Conferences will be held on September 9 in Brussels and in Washington, DC on September 29 to celebrate the launch of the book..
In Rule-Makers or Rule-Takers?, European and American experts explain the economic context of TTIP and its geopolitical implications, and then explore the challenges and consequences of US-EU negotiations across numerous sensitive areas, ranging from food safety and public procurement to economic and regulatory assessments of technical barriers to trade, automotive, chemicals, energy, services, investor-state dispute settlement mechanisms, and regulatory cooperation.
The Elliott-Pelkmans chapter on chemicals argues that levels of regulation of many chemicals in the EU and U.S. are actually quite similar, despite differences in legal philosophy and procedure. They contend that trade and eventual harmonization would be facilitated by creating a multi-national expert body to assess where regulation is more stringent or equivalent on an on-going basis and allowing companies to opt into the more stringent system to eliminate needless duplication.
E. Donald Elliott is Professor (Adjunct) of Law at Yale Law School and a leading academic scholar, as well as practitioner, in the fields of administrative and environmental law. He is "one of the most well-known, well-regarded environmental law professors in the nation," according to John Cruden, former President of the Environmental Law Institute, and now Assistant Attorney General, Environment and Natural Resources Division, U.S. Department of Justice. Elliott has been on the Yale Law faculty since 1981 and currently teaches courses in environmental law, energy law, administrative law, and civil procedure. This semester he is teaching a seminar comparing systems for regulating chemicals worldwide. He is also senior of counsel in the Washington D.C. office of Covington & Burling LLP, and co-chair of the firm's Environmental Practice Group. From 2003 until he joined Covington in 2013, he was a partner in Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, chairing the firm’s worldwide Environment, Health and Safety Department. Elliott is an author of eight books and over 80 articles.