Forum on International Regulatory Cooperation



Join the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS) in discussion with regulators from within and outside the U.S., academic scholars, and other stakeholders on the history of Executive Order 13,609, the remaining barriers that U.S. regulators face in cooperating with international counterparts, and the future of international regulatory cooperation and best practices.


9:30 am 

Opening Remarks

  • Andrew Fois, Administrative Conference of the United States
9:45 am  Panel 1: Evaluating Executive Order 13609 and Its Origins

In 2012, President Obama issued Executive Order 13609, directing executive branch agencies to consider the potential for international regulatory cooperation when engaged in policymaking. This panel will evaluate how the E.O. came to exist, what efforts towards international regulatory cooperation were like before it was promulgated, and inquire into how agencies received it after promulgation.

  • David Zaring, The Wharton School (Moderator)
  • Francesca Bignami, The George Washington University Law School
  • Alex Hunt, U.S. Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs
  • Jonathan Wiener, Duke Law
11:00 am Break
11:15 am Panel 2: Global Perspectives on Regulatory Cooperation

Executive Order 13609 was issued in the United States at a time when the international community was increasingly engaged in cross-border cooperative efforts, as evidenced by the growth in regulatory exchange among international organizations. This panel will focus on those organizations’ undertakings to complement and amplify national programs, and will evaluate how those undertakings have evolved in the last decade, as well as where work remains.

  • Kathleen Claussen, Georgetown Law (Moderator)
  • Sarah Cahill, Joint FAO/WHO Food Standards Programme
  • Marianna Karttunen, Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development
  • Dan Mullaney, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (Former)
  • James van Raalte, Regulatory Policy & Cooperation, Treasury Board Secretariat of Canada
12:30 pm Lunch (provided for in-person attendees) & Fireside Chat with Judge Timothy M. Reif, U.S. Court of International Trade
1:30 pm Panel 3: Best Practices and Future Outlook for International Regulatory Cooperation

What has Executive Order 13609 helped accomplish to date? How can agency practices be improved upon to better realize the E.O.'s objectives? This panel will take stock of how E.O. 13609 is currently being implemented in the United States and where there is space for more effective implementation. It will consider best practices for individual agencies and across the federal government.

  • Elena Chachko, Berkeley Law (Moderator)
  • Alex Zektser, U.S. Department of Transportation
  • Sean Heather, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Mary Brett Rogers-Springs, U.S. Department of State
2:45 pm Closing Remarks


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