Robert K. Stumberg


Director, Harrison Institute for Public Law, Professor of Law

B.A., Macalester; J.D., LL.M., Georgetown

Areas of Expertise:

Clinical Education

Professor Stumberg is the author of recent work on government purchasing power and the impact of trade agreements on government authority. These include Turning a Blind Eye: Respecting...

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Professor Stumberg is the author of recent work on government purchasing power and the impact of trade agreements on government authority. These include Turning a Blind Eye: Respecting Human Rights in Government Purchasing and Safeguards for Tobacco Control: Options for the TPPA. His previous work covered trade in services, legislation, economic development, community lending and housing policy. His past positions include service as Policy Director of the Center for Policy Alternatives in Washington, DC. He serves on the board of directors of the Center for the Study of Services, publisher of Consumer Checkbook magazines.Past service includes chairman of the AALS Section on Legislation;chairman of Susanna Wesley House;and board member of the Forum on Democracy and Trade;the Committee of 100 on the Federal City;the D.C. Housing Action Council;and the D.C. Mutual Housing Association.

 

Featured Scholarship

  • Robert K. Stumberg, Threats to Tobacco Control in Malaysia – Case Study, (working paper).   
  • Robert K. Stumberg, Anita Ramasastry & Meg Roggensack, Turning a Blind Eye? Respecting Human Rights in Government Purchasing, (International Corporate Accountability Roundtable 2014).    [WWW]
  • Robert K. Stumberg & Deborah K. Sy, TPPA and Tobacco Control: Threats to APEC Countries, 23 Tobacco Control 466-470 (2014).   
  • Robert K. Stumberg, Safeguards for Tobacco Control: Options for the TPPA, 39 Am. J.L. & Med. 382-441 (2013).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Robert K. Stumberg, NAFTA Services and Climate Change, in The Future of North American Trade Policy: Lessons from NAFTA 11-25 (Boston: Boston University 2009).    [WWW]
  • Robert K. Stumberg, The WTO, Services and the Environment, in Handbook on Trade and the Environment 246-267 (Kevin P. Gallagher ed., Northampton, Mass.: Edward Elgar 2008).    [BOOK]
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Forthcoming Works and Works in Progress

  • Robert K. Stumberg, Potential Safeguards Against Trade-Related Threats to Tobacco Control, (working paper).   
  • Robert K. Stumberg, Threats to Tobacco Control in Malaysia – Case Study, (working paper).   
  • Robert K. Stumberg, Procurement and Decent Work, I.L.O. (Policy Brief, forthcoming 2009).   

Books

  • Working Group on Energy & Trade Policy, Interim Report: GATS and Electricity (National Conference of State Legislators 2005) (Robert K. Stumberg, Contributor).   

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • Robert K. Stumberg & Deborah K. Sy, TPPA and Tobacco Control: Threats to APEC Countries, 23 Tobacco Control 466-470 (2014).   
  • Robert K. Stumberg, Safeguards for Tobacco Control: Options for the TPPA, 39 Am. J.L. & Med. 382-441 (2013).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Robert K. Stumberg, Dan Price, Howard Mann & Olin Wethington, The New Concern About Investment Agreements: Is There a "There" There?, 37 Int'l Law. 831-833 (2003).    [HEIN]
  • Robert K. Stumberg, Preemption & Human Rights: Local Options After Crosby v. NFTC, 32 Law & Pol'y Int'l Bus. 109-196 (2000).    [HEIN] [Gtown Law]

Book Chapters and Collected Works

  • Robert K. Stumberg, NAFTA Services and Climate Change, in The Future of North American Trade Policy: Lessons from NAFTA 11-25 (Boston: Boston University 2009).    [WWW]
  • Robert K. Stumberg, The WTO, Services and the Environment, in Handbook on Trade and the Environment 246-267 (Kevin P. Gallagher ed., Northampton, Mass.: Edward Elgar 2008).    [BOOK]
  • Robert K. Stumberg, Fuels and Trade Policy, in State Alternative Fuels Plan 82-88 (Sacramento, Cal.: California Energy Commission 2007).   

Congressional Testimony

  • Investment Protections in U.S. Trade and Investment Agreements: Hearing Before the H. Subcomm. on Trade of the H. Comm. on Ways & Means, 111th Cong., May 14, 2009 (Statement of Robert K. Stumberg) (CIS-No.: 2010-H781-14).   
  • Securing American Sovereignty: A Review of the United States' Relationship with the WTO: Hearing Before the Subcomm. on Fed. Fin. Mgmt., Gov't Info., & Int'l Sec. of the S. Comm. on Homeland Sec. & Governmental Aff., 109th Cong., July 15, 2005 (Statement of Robert K. Stumberg) (CIS-No.: 2006-S481-40).    [Gtown Law]
  • The Multilateral Agreement on Investment: Hearing Before the H. Comm. on Int'l Relations, 105th Cong., March 5, 1998 (Statement of Robert K. Stumberg) (CIS-No.: 99-H461-57).   

Selected Contributions to Other Publications

  • Robert K. Stumberg, Anita Ramasastry & Meg Roggensack, Turning a Blind Eye? Respecting Human Rights in Government Purchasing, (International Corporate Accountability Roundtable 2014).    [WWW]
  • Robert K. Stumberg & Matthew Porterfield, Who Preempted the Massachusetts Burma Law? Federalism and Accountability Under Global Trade Rules, 31 Publius 173-204 (2001).   
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In the News

"Donald Trump, Mexican president tweet their way into trade standoff," coverage in the Boston Herald, January 27, 2017, featuring Professor Robert Stumberg.

"The Donald, Mexican president tweet their way into trade standoff," coverage by the Boston Herald, January 27, 2017, quoting Professor Robert Stumberg.

TransCanada to Sue U.S. for Blocking Keystone XL Pipeline,” coverage in The New York Times, January 6, 2016, quoting Professor Robert Stumberg, L'75, LL.M.'79.

"U.S. Announces Plans to Combat Illegal Fishing and Other Steps to Protect Oceans," coverage in The New York Times, October 5, 2015, quoting Professor Robert Stumberg, director, Harrison Institute for Public Law.

"Experts call on US, seafood industry to fight slavery in fishing fleets," coverage in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, September 29, 2015, featuring Professor Robert Stumberg, director, Harrison Institute for Public Law.

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"Donald Trump, Mexican president tweet their way into trade standoff," coverage in the Boston Herald, January 27, 2017, featuring Professor Robert Stumberg.

"The Donald, Mexican president tweet their way into trade standoff," coverage by the Boston Herald, January 27, 2017, quoting Professor Robert Stumberg.

TransCanada to Sue U.S. for Blocking Keystone XL Pipeline,” coverage in The New York Times, January 6, 2016, quoting Professor Robert Stumberg, L'75, LL.M.'79.

"U.S. Announces Plans to Combat Illegal Fishing and Other Steps to Protect Oceans," coverage in The New York Times, October 5, 2015, quoting Professor Robert Stumberg, director, Harrison Institute for Public Law.

"Experts call on US, seafood industry to fight slavery in fishing fleets," coverage in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, September 29, 2015, featuring Professor Robert Stumberg, director, Harrison Institute for Public Law.

"TransCanada May Recoup Costs From U.S. If Obama Rejects Keystone," Bloomberg Business, August 4, 2015, quoting Professor Robert Stumberg

"Cigarettes, Unbranded," coverage in Corporate Counsel, September 8, 2014, features Georgetown Law Professor and director of the Harrison Institute for Public Law, Robert Stumberg.

"A Really Good Reason to Oppose the Next "Trade" Deals," coverage in The Huffington Post, September 5, 2014, quoting Professor Robert Stumberg.

"The Shopping List as Policy Tool," The New York Times, January 25, 2014, quoting Professor Robert Stumberg, director of the Harrison Institute for Public Law.

"Tobacco Firms’ Tactics Limit Poorer Nations’ Smoking Laws," New York Times, December 13, 2013, quoting Professor Robert Stumberg, Director of the Harrison Institute for Public Law. His comments were also in The International New York Times.

“Australia’s ‘Plain Packaging’ Stubs Out Cigarette Branding, Prompting Backlash,” Washington Post, October 29, 2013, featuring Professor Robert Stumberg.

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