The GW RSC hosts a number of events every year on relevant regulatory issues such as regulatory review, risk assessment, and the role of science in rulemaking. View our past and upcoming GW Regulatory Studies events below.
GW RSC Director Susan Dudley presents on regulatory policy and process at an educational seminar for congressional staff, co-hosted with the ABA Ad Law Section
Featuring presentations by Susan Dudley, Brian Mannix, Sofie Miller and Daniel Pérez
March 15 - 17, 2017, The George Washington University, Washington, DC
Susan Dudley, Brian Mannix and Sofie Miller presented at the Southern Economics Association annual meeting
November 19 - 21, Washington, DC
Susan Dudley spoke at the Law Symposium, Reining in the Administrative State
Hosted by the Heritage Foundation and the University of Virginia School of Law's Journal of Law and Politics
October 21, 2016
Susan Dudley spoke at the Harvard Kennedy School on The Regulatory Landscape Facing the Next President
October 13, 2016
Conference co-hosted by the GW Regulatory Studies Center, the American Bar Association Section on Administrative Law and the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis
October 11, 2016, The George Washington University, Washington, DC
Federalist Society Teleforum: Regulations at the End of the Obama Administration with Sofie Miller
September 22, 2016
This conference featured senior officials from the European Commission, current and former U.S. government officials, stakeholders, and the authors of recent studies on US-EU regulatory cooperation.
September 15, 2016, European Delegation, Washington, DC
Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs 2016 Annual Conference: Susan Dudley spoke during the "U.S. Manufacturing and Regulatory Reform Panel"
September 14, 2016, The National Press Club, Washington, DC
Causal Analytics Toolkit (CAT) Demonstrations with PhD statistician Louis Anthony (Tony) Cox
Two sessions on May 5, 2016, The George Washington University, Washington, DC
Evidence based uncertainty analysis: What should we now do in Europe? with Dr. Ragnar E. Löfstedt
April 22, 2016, The George Washington University, Washington, DC
The GW Regulatory Studies Center and the ABA Section of Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice hosted a lunch seminar for congressional staff that featured an expert regulatory panel including Susan Dudley, Director of the GW Regulatory Studies Center, Michael Fitzpatrick, Senior Counsel and Head of Regulatory Advocacy for GE and Paul Noe, Vice-President of Public Policy for the American Forest & Paper Association and Co-Chair of the Committee on Legislation in the ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice.
Paper Discussion: Can Increases in Local Air Quality Lead to Higher Labor Productivity?,
by Ann E. Ferris, U.S. EPA - National Center for Environmental Economics; Sue Helper, Case Western Reserve University; Alexandre Mas, Princeton University; NBER and IZA; Ron Shadbegian, National University of Singapore
Read the working paper here.
Society for Risk Analysis Annual Conference 2015: Susan Dudley Chaired Roundtable: Decision Analysis for Uncertain Futures hosted by Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis
December 9, 2015
Conference participants included GW RSC Scholars Susan Dudley, Brian Mannix, Chris Carrigan, & Peter Linquiti.
85th Annual Southern Economic Association Conference: New Orleans, Lousiana
GW RSC scholars Susan Dudley, Brian Mannix and Sofie Miller organized, chaired and presented in various sessions throughout the annual conference. Full program listing can be found here.
Resources for the Future: The Real Outcomes of Federal Environmental Regulations: Lessons from the Performance Data
Susan Dudley spoke on an expert panel entitled "Lessons Learned" at Resources for the Future. Dudley provided her commentary on the ideas presented at RFF's event: "The Real Outcomes of Federal Environmental Regulations: Lessons from the Performance Data." Watch the video coverage here.
The GW Regulatory Studies Center and the ABA Section of Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice hosted a two-part series for congressional staff that featured an engaging and informative discussion on regulation led by regulatory experts Susan Dudley, Director of the GW Regulatory Studies Center, Paul Noe, Vice-President of Public Policy for the American Forest & Paper Association and Chair of the ABA Ad Law Rulemaking Committee, Amb. C. Boyden Gray, founding partner of Boyden Gray & Associates, and Shawne McGibbon, General Counsel for the Administrative Conference of the United States.
Part I (Sep. 28): This session covered the basics of regulatory procedure and policy, reviewed the history of regulation and regulatory reform in the United States including key regulatory milestones and insights from past efforts at regulatory reform.
Part II (Oct. 5): This session focused on regulatory practice and administrative law including key case law, as well as guiding statutes and their implementation (PRA, SBREFA, IQA etc).
Australian Productivity Commissioner Warren Mundy shared his experiences on regulatory reform in Australia - "Regulatory Reform Lessons from the Land Down Under." He discussed what worked, what didn't, and what challenges remain. After the interactive forum, what lessons the U.S. can draw from Australia's experience were explored.
The GW Regulatory Studies Center, U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of Risk Assessment and Cost-Benefit Analysis, and the National Capital Area Chapter of the Society for Risk Analysis hosted a conversation with Dominic Way as he discussed the results of his forthcoming paper, "From Accessibility to Comprehensibility: Comparing the Views of Patients and Doctors on EMA's Transparency Policies." Read his full abstract here.
March 19-20, 2015
The Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis (SBCA) is an international group of practitioners, academics & others who are working to improve the theory & application of the tools of benefit-cost analysis.
March 18, 2015
The Society for Benefit Cost Analysis offered a preconference workshop and brought together five leading experts with diverse perspectives who discussed the institutional context for retrospective benefit-cost analyses, including the Trachtenberg school's own Dr. Kathy Newcomer.
View more SBCA workshops here.
November 19-20, 2014
The GW Regulatory Studies Center hosted a two-day conference that brought together EU and US policy officials, regulatory experts, and stakeholders to explore challenges to, and opportunities for, greater transatlantic regulatory cooperation. The event lineup featured many prominent voices from the OECD, EU, and U.S. on regulatory process and the transatlantic partnership, including Ambassador David O'Sullivan, chief TTIP negotiator Daniel Mullaney, Head of the Trade and Agriculture Section of the EU Delegation Damien Levie, and a keynote speech by Senator Rob Portman.
August 5, 2014: The Federalist Society
Interview with Brian Mannix
May 23, 2014
With Dr. Ragnar Lofstedt held at the GW Marvin Center, Room 309 from 10 AM - 12 PM
April 3, 2014
With authors Cary Coglianese, Adam Finkel, and Christopher Carrigan
March 12, 2014
A half-day course on the essentials of regulatory impact analysis
March 13-14, 2014
The State of U.S. Regulations, a NAM and NFIB newsmaker breakfast event hosted with the Hill newspaper
February 26, 2014
The event featured keynote remarks by Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA-23) Majority Whip. NAM President Jay Timmons and NFIB President Dan Danner will deliver remarks, and former U.S. Senators Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) and George Allen (R-VA) will participate in a panel discussion with Philip Howard, author ofThe Death of Common Sense, Robert Weissman, President of Public Citizen, and Dudley.
Click here to view video of event.
Presentation and discussion: Regulatory Transparency in Europe: Next Steps with Frederic Bouder & Dominic Way
December 12, 2013
November 8, 2013
With authors Stuart Shapiro & Debra Borie Holtz.
September 27, 2013
Too often, ex ante predictions of regulatory outcomes (reductions in health risks, benefits and costs) are not verified with empirical data ex post. This one-day conference will explore the possible reasons for this lack of ex post evaluation, and examine approaches to improve both the analytical tools for measuring actual effects of risk-reducing regulation, and the incentives to do so.
September 30 - October 1: Natural Resource Management Group/ GW RSC Event
The Group's 2013 Symposium program covered a broad set of issues related to the interface between natural resources and industrial operations, including identification of strategies and solutions to address four game changers influencing natural resource liability and optimization matters.
September 17, 2013
Co-sponsored by the Administrative Conference of the United States and the GW Regulatory Studies Center, the Social Media Workshop brought together experts in rulemaking and experts in social media and facilitated a conversation about how social media could be used to improve the rulemaking process, including by addressing current deficiencies or challenges agencies face in rulemaking. A writeup of the event is available here. Click here to view a video of the event.
July 24, 2013
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation hostes its latest Business Horizon Series on "Today's Manufacturing." The Chamber's goal with this program, along with its program partner, MAPI, is to raise the level of dialogue on manufacturing so that others can better appreciate the industry’s unlimited potential. That is, if we take action on removing market barriers and creating more opportunities for its participants at all levels. The program will also examine the high-tech innovations that will impact manufacturing in the years to come.
June 25, 2013
Regulatory Studies Center Director Susan E. Dudley, testified before the Joint Economic Committee on ways to reduce unessary and costy red tape through smarter regulations.
June 24, 2013
In collaboration with the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology and the Society for Risk Analysis- National Area Chapter, the Regulatory Studies Center hosted a panel presentation for the rollout of the CAST publication, Impact of Precautionary Principle on Feeding Current and Future Generations. Read a summary of the event here.
Left to Right: Susan E. Dudley, Linda Chimenti, Gary Marchant, Sally Kane, and Ricardo Salvador
European Union Risk Summit
June 11-12, 2013
The European Risk Summit which was hosted by the Irish Medicines Board, King’s Centre for Risk Management and the Nickel Institute at Trinity College Dublin brought renewed focus to the issue of evidence and risk-based rulemaking, and highlighted the critical role that science plays in policy formation at EU level.
October 23, 2012
The George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center and Center for Risk Science and Public Health, the Society for Risk Analysis, and the American Chemistry Council, in collaboration with Administrative Conference of the United States, hosted an afternoon workshop to discuss constructive solutions to enhance the quality and credibility of chemical risk assessments. Discussion built upon recent reports from the National Academy of Sciences and the Keystone Group.
View presentations from October's event below:
George Gray: Setting the Stage
Rick Becker: Data Evaluation and Integration
Chris Bevan: Standardized Data Evaluation Can Enhance Quality and Throughput
Anna Lowit: Integration of Epidemiology along with Other Scientific Evidence into Human Health Risk Assessment
Rick Reiss: Peer Review: Improving the Process
October 3 - 4, 2012
The Executive Course offered a comprehensive examination of regulatory theory, policy, and practice, focusing on analytical requirements for estimating the impacts of proposed regulatory alternatives and evaluating the effects of existing regulations. The course provided a legal foundation for understanding regulations’ role in public policy and examined the relationship between Congress, regulatory agencies, executive branch oversight offices, the public, and the courts.
Participants learned how to:
- Conduct regulatory impact analysis, including how to assess environmental, health, safety, privacy, security, and financial risks, and evaluate a regulation’s effectiveness, benefits, costs, incentives, and unintended consequences.
- Apply government guidelines for risk analysis, data quality, privacy, peer review, information collection, and regulatory review.
The Course Instructors are experts in the field of regulation, and included former executive branch officials and professors from The George Washington University schools of public policy, public health, and economics.
May 17, 2012
The Regulatory Studies Center co-hosted a seminar on Professor Ragnar Löfstedt’s recent 2011 report to the U.K. Parliament on “Reclaiming Health and Safety for All: An Independent Review of Health and Safety Legislation” in which Löfstedt examined whether the burden of health and safety regulation on business can be reduced while maintaining the progress that has been made in health and safety outcomes. Löfstedt presented several risk-based recommendations to improve the regulatory process.
Regulatory Science: Politicization of Science or Scientization of Policy?
April 24, 2012
The Regulatory Studies Center organized and led a panel discussion at a George Mason University Law & Economics Center Judicial Symposium on Scientific Evidence in the Courts.
April 18, 2012
The Regulatory Studies Center co-hosted a panel discussion examining the EPA's draft Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) assessment of formaldehyde. During the discussion, panelists discussed ways to make IRIS more timely and effective, including changing its focus to provide an array of information to facilitate risk analysis by different users, supporting emerging approaches to data gathering and processing (e.g., crowd sourcing), and matching the level of effort in the assessment to the needs of users.
January 13, 2012
Science-based regulations suffer both from "politicized science" and "scientized policy." Institutional change to clarify the basis for policy decisions would improve scientific analysis, regulatory analysis, and the policies themselves. That was a broad theme of a workshop on Improving Science-Based Regulation hosted by the George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center and Center for Risk Science and Public Health on January 13, 2012. The workshop brought together participants with a wide range of experience and expertise in risk assessment, regulatory economics, law, public policy, engineering, and scientific philosophy to examine the relationship between science and policy as they are used in developing regulations. Four working papers, authored by Art Fraas and Randall Lutter, George Gray, Adam Finkel, and Henry Miller, with kick-off comments by Anne Smith, Michael Livermore, David Goldston, and Richard Belzer, helped shape the discussion. We present highlights of the papers and discussions here.