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Philip Harter

Adjunct Faculty

JD, University of Michigan, 1969;
MA, University of Michigan, 1966;
AB, Kenyon College, 1964


Philip J. Harter is a scholar in residence at Vermont Law School and the Earl F. Nelson Professor of Law Emeritus at the University of Missouri. He has been involved in the design of many of the major developments of administrative law in the past 40 years. He is the author of more than 50 papers and books on administrative law and has been a visiting professor or guest lecturer internationally, including at the University of Paris II, Humboldt University (Berlin) and the University of the Western Cape (Cape Town). He has consulted on environmental mediation and public participation in rulemaking in China, including a project sponsored by the Supreme Peoples Court. He has received multiple awards for his achievements in administrative law. He is listed in Who's Who in America and is a member of the Administrative Conference of the United States.

He has been a pioneer in the theory and practice of the use of collaboration, mediation, and other forms of dispute resolution involving government agencies. His research provided the theoretical basis for negotiated rulemaking and has served as the foundation for the subsequent practice. He served as the chair of the President's Task Force on the Revision of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Safety Standards. He was chair of the Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice of the American Bar Association and co-chair of its Task Force on Regulatory Reform, where he represented the ABA in the regulatory reform debates before Congress.

Following his path-breaking article on negotiating regulations, he spent 20 years in private practice specializing in the mediation of complex, multi-party disputes involving government policy. He has served as the mediator for the Environmental Protection Agency and the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Interior, Labor, and Transportation, as well as the states of California and Vermont.

He received an AB degree from Kenyon College in 1964, an MA degree in mathematics from the University of Michigan in 1966, and a JD degree from the University of Michigan in 1969.