Program Explores Regulatory Issues Surrounding the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, the Toyota Recalls, and the Financial Crisis

Keynote Address by Ken Feinberg, Administrator of the Gulf Coast Oil Spill Compensation Fund


WASHINGTON, DC, January 26, 2011 – American University Washington College of Law will host a program titled “Regulating the Unexpected: Exploring Recent Problems and Potential Solutions in Environmental, Transportation, and Financial Regulation” on January 31 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  The event is presented by the Administrative Law Review. 

The symposium will address whether federal agency intervention could have prevented the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the Toyota automobile recalls, or the financial crisis.  Thematic issues will include agency capture, industry influence on the regulatory process, lessons to be learned from prior regulatory shortfalls, and solutions to improve agency action in the future.

A lunch keynote address will be delivered by Ken Feinberg, administrator of the Gulf Coast Oil Spill Compensation Fund.  This program will bring together practitioners with a broad range of expertise, including speakers from the Department of Justice, the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Spill and Offshore Drilling, and law school faculty experts.

When:    January 31, 2011

              10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Where:  American University Washington College of Law – Room 603
 4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20016

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