Tony Circelli interviews Professor Neil Gunningham on “The Role of a modern Regulator?”

Professor Gunningham is a highly respected regulatory expert and an inter-disciplinary social scientist working principally in the areas of environmental and energy law, regulation and governance.

“Next generation regulation – to accomplish substantive compliance with regulatory goals by any viable means using whatever regulatory or quasi-regulatory tools that might be available, in ways that facilitate compliance, at least administrative cost and in a manner that encourages innovation.”

What should next generation regulation look like? What would it mean to be a ‘modern regulator’?

WATCH VIDEO (duration 31:48 mins)

This video features an interview between AELERT’s Chair, Tony Circelli and Professor Gunningham.

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WATCH PART ONE (duration 12:22 mins)

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WATCH PART THREE (duration 10:48 mins) 


Professor Neil Gunningham is a lawyer and interdisciplinary social scientist who holds joint appointments in the Regulatory Institutions Network and the School of Resources, Environment and Society at the Australian National University. Previously he was Foundation Director of the Australian Centre for Environmental Law at the ANU, Visiting and Senior Fulbright Scholar at the Centre for the Study of Law and Society, University of California, Berkeley, and Visiting Fellow at the Centre for the Analysis of Risk and Regulation at the London School of Economics. He is also a consultant to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), to the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and to various environmental and occupational health and safety regulatory agencies in Australia. His research has been concerned to identify the contribution that broader, innovative forms of regulation can make to safety, health and environmental policy. Further background information can be found here