"Providing an informed, reasoned and dispassionate

voice to the global public debate..."

Sept. 2014 - KLG/ITSSD Presentation at:  Université Saint-Louis Brussels, Belgium, at the Invitation of Society for Institutional Analysis - Sofia (Damstadt, Germany and Oeko Institut on Behalf of the German Federal Environment Agency (UBA), Policy Workshop - Strengthening REACH Provisions Concerning (Imported) Articles  - (In response to L. Kogan's 2013 law review article on the WTO (TBT Agreement) incompatibility of the EU REACH regulation (here) (See also References 2015-2016)
Jan. 2010 - ITSSD Presentation at:  American National Standards Institute ("ANSI") Caucus Luncheon, National Press Club, Washington, DC - Climate Change: Compulsory License or Technology Transfer?
Aug. 2009 - ITSSD Prepared Comments Submitted to: Catholic University of America's Center for Global Standards Report - A National Survey of United States Standardization Policies (Ed. Donald Purcell) (pp. 57-60) 

April 2010 - ITSSD Presentation​ at:  Dulles (Va.) Regional Chamber of Commerce GreenExpo Mixer - Be Green By Measuring Up to Metrics-Based Energy and Environmental Standards
July 2010 - ITSSD Presentation at:  United States Commercial Service, Mid-Atlantic District Export Council, Export University, Valley, Forge, PA:  Session #4 - Adapting Products to Individual MarketsExport Contracts: Incorporating Regulatory Standards to Ensure Foreign Market Access
Nov. 2010 - ITSSD Presentation at:  U.S. Agricultural Export Council's FY 2011 Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD - discussing the European Union's efforts to shape international standards for environment, health and safety: The European Strategy to Become the New Global Standards-Setter


Theme #1:  International standards should be science-based, cost-efficient, transparent, and developed through a process of openness and consensus, in order to facilitate international trade, investment and innovation and ensure sustainable health and environmental protection and knowledge dissemination.

Balanced, science-based and economically cost-efficient technical standards and regulations help to facilitate trade and investment flows, technological innovations, indigenous economic growth, and health and environmental protection needed to achieve sustainable development.​  Consensus-based international standards developed by recognized international standards bodies, treaty-based regulatory bodies, and private standards bodies operating within national jurisdiction, and national technical regulations, legislation and other measures promulgated and adopted by WTO Members in implementation thereof, must, at a minimum, be consistent with the provisions of the WTO Agreements, including the Sanitary and Phytosanitary ("SPS"), Technical Barriers to Trade ("TBT"), General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade ("GATT 1994"), and Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights ("TRIPS") Agreements. Technical standards, regulations and other measures must not be discriminatory and must constitute the least trade-restrictive alternative available considering the risks non-fulfillment would bring.

ITSSD ​Programs - Theme #1 (2008-2014)

Science-Based & Economically Cost-Efficient Regulation