Promoting Transatlantic Regulatory Cooperation through T-TIP

Price: $224 OnDemand

Reeve Bull
Research Chief, Administrative Conference of the United States
Michael Fitzpatrick
Senior Counsel and Head of Regulatory Advocacy, General Electric
Adam Schlosser
Director for Global Regulatory Cooperation, U.S. Chamber of Commerce


In early 2013, President Obama announced the initiation of negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP), a free trade agreement between the United States and European Union.  Though T-TIP will include many of the standard elements of a free trade agreement, including tariff reduction, it differs significantly from past agreements insofar as a major focus will be reducing unnecessary regulatory divergences that serve as barriers to trade.

T-TIP aims to produce enhanced regulatory convergence in some specific economic sectors. A, series of mutual recognition agreements, for example, wherein one side certifies that compliance with the other side’s regulations is adequate to meet domestic requirements (and vice versa).

Second, the agreement will aim for stronger transatlantic regulatory cooperation on an ongoing basis.  Though the precise details have yet to be ironed out, this might take the form of a regulatory cooperation council that promotes dialogue between regulators on both sides when shaping new regulations and retrospectively reassessing existing regulations.

This panel will explore the history of regulatory cooperation efforts predating the T-TIP, offer a brief overview of the discussions to date, examine the elements that a final agreement might include, and consider some of the challenges associated with reaching a successful agreement.

Potential topics include comparing stakeholder participation in both the EU and U.S. (and how T-TIP might promote sharing of “best practices” on both sides), exploring differences in the use of science in regulatory decision making, analyzing which sectors are likely to be the most promising, and addressing some of the criticisms of T-TIP that have emerged in both the U.S. and the EU.

Educational Objectives:
By attending this program, practitioners can expect to:
• Learn about the key distinctions between regulatory policymaking in the U.S. and EU. 
• Learn about efforts underway to promote increased regulatory convergence on both sides.
• Gain a better understanding of the key opportunities for influencing policymaking on both sides of the Atlantic
• Learn what changes to regulatory procedures might emerge as a result of T-TIP.

Who would benefit most from attending this program?
Practitioners in the fields of international trade law and administrative law will find this program especially valuable. 



Reeve T. Bull is the Research Chief at the Administrative Conference of the United States, where he oversees the agency’s research mission and issuance of recommendations on improving administrative procedure.  Mr. Bull has written extensively on international regulatory cooperation and other administrative law issues in well-regarded law reviews, including the Administrative Law Review, the George Washington Law Review, and Law and Contemporary Problems.  Mr. Bull also serves as the Co-Chair of the American Bar Association’s International Trade and Customs committee.  In 2014, Mr. Bull was one of a handful of U.S. governmental and private sector regulatory experts selected to participate in the European Union Visitors Programme, wherein he met with numerous high-ranking officials in the EU Commission, Parliament, and Council.  


Mr. Bull graduated with highest honors from Duke University School of Law, where he was inducted into the Order of the Coif and was one of two recipients of the Willis Smith Award for compiling the most outstanding academic record in the graduating class.  Mr. Bull received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from the University of Oklahoma, where he graduated summa cum laude and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.  Mr. Bull is licensed in the State of New York.


Michael A. Fitzpatrick currently serves as Senior Counsel and Head of Regulatory Advocacy for General Electric Company.  He previously served as the Associate Administrator of the Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, where he helped lead the development of regulatory policy and White House review of significant Executive Branch regulatory actions. He served as the Executive Branch liaison to the ABA’s Administrative Law Section and has led several U.S. delegations abroad for meetings with the European Union and Canada.

During the Presidential Transition, Fitzpatrick served as deputy lead of the Executive Office of the President and Government Operations Agency Review Teams. From 2001 to 2009, Fitzpatrick was in the Washington, D.C. office of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, where he was a partner in the Litigation Practice Group, specializing in white collar, complex civil, and regulatory matters. Before joining Akin Gump, Fitzpatrick served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Washington, D.C., and as a Senior Advisor to the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the Office of Management and Budget.


Adam Schlosser is Director for Global Regulatory Cooperation, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where he leads global public policy efforts for digital trade and issues related to international regulatory cooperation and good regulatory practices.

Adam works with companies of all sizes and sectors to develop practical data privacy and cross-border data transfer policies and best practices, including leading advocacy efforts on the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor and providing detailed comments on new privacy legislation and requirements worldwide.

Adam previously served with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service where he engaged both U.S. and international regulators to facilitate and expand export opportunities for U.S. companies and worked with U.S. companies to establish creative and innovative solutions that ensured compliance with potentially problematic international requirements while increasing market access.