California-DC Event Information – April 30, 2009

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On behalf of the University of California Washington Center and the UC Berkeley Center on Institutions and Governance, the California Institute for Federal Policy Research invites you to attend a


One-Day Conference: “California as an International Environmental Policy Leader — Climate Change, Water Policy, Chemicals Regulation, and Biosafety”


Thursday, April 30, 2009 — 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
University of California Washington Center
1608 Rhode Island Ave, NW, Washington DC


The event, titled “Managing Biosafety and Biodiversity in a Global World — EU, US, California and Comparative Perspectives”, is the culmination of a two-year project examining the roles that California and the European Union play in defining the forefront of domestic and international environmental policy solutions. The goal of the project is to produce concrete, actionable policy recommendations to further regulatory cooperation between the EU, California and the US on transatlantic environmental issues, including climate change, chemicals policy, biosafety, water regulation, and biodiversity protection. As socioeconomic and environmental issues become increasingly integrated, innovative policy solutions are required to identify and address the complex nexus between society and environment. The project has developed a network of representatives from the US and the EU in academia, industry, the NGO-sector, and government.

Please join us for this conference workshop on Thursday, April 30. To attend, please reply to [email protected] . For more information, visit .

Conference Schedule:


9:00 am — Introductory Remarks

Featured Speaker: John Bruton, EU Ambassador to the US



9:20 am — The California-Europe Connection

Transatlantic Environmental Regulation-Making: Co-Strengthening Cooperation between California and the European Union (Authors: Bruce Cain and Christina Hioureas)

Featured Speaker: Christina Hioureas

Panel Chair: Jan Wouters, Leuven Professor of International law, Director, Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, KU Leuven



11:00 am — Green Chemistry

Transatlantic Perspectives on Persistent Organic Pollutants and Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (Authors: Chris Ansell and Jörg Balsiger)

Featured Speaker: Chris Ansell

Panel Chair: David Widawsky, Acting Director, National Center for Environmental Innovation, Office of Policy, Economics, and Innovation EPA



12:20 — Lunch

Lunch Provided


1:20pm — Biotechnology Regulation

US versus EU Biotechnology Regulations and Comparative Advantage: Implications for Future Conflicts and Trade (Authors: Gal Hochman, Gordon Rausser, and David Zilberman)

Featured Speaker: David Zilberman

Panel Chair: Dr. Sarahelen Thompson, Director, Market and Trade Economics Division, ERS



2:40 pm — Water Policy

Rivers of Diversity: Evolving Water Regulation in California and the European Union Authors: Gabrielle Bouleau and Matt Kondolf

Featured Speaker: Gabrielle Bouleau



4:20 pm – Climate Change, Adaptation, Energy & Cap-and-Trade

Future Areas of Cooperation between EU-California and the US on Climate Change and Adaptation, Energy, Cap-and-Trade

Panel: David Roland-Holst, Michael Hanneman, and Holmes Hummel

Panel Chair: Steve Decanio, UC Santa Barbara TBC



5:40 pm — Closing Remarks

Adjourn 6:00 pm


The project is funded by the European Commission (DG External Relations) within the framework of the pilot-program on Transatlantic Methods for Handling Global Challenges. Event sponsors include:


To attend, please RSVP to [email protected].

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