Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development

Tad Ferris

Richard (“Tad”) Ferris is Senior Counsel at IGSD.

Prior to joining IGSD, Mr. Ferris was a partner in private practice in leadership roles focusing on international and Chinese law and public policy, overseeing projects throughout the world involving cross-border transactions, health care (including telemedicine), compliance assurance, sustainability, and litigation. He also was General Counsel to and Founder of the China Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) Roundtable, an organization dedicated to advancing EHS and sustainability compliance leadership in China and elsewhere around the world. Mr. Ferris began his professional career as Asia Program Manager at the Center for International Environmental Law, working with IGSD’s President Durwood Zaelke.

Mr. Ferris is the editor and author of numerous articles and book chapters, including Defining the Legal and Policy Framework to Stop the Dumping of Environmentally Harmful Products (with S. Andersen, R. Picolotti, D. Zaelke, S. Carvalho, and M. Gonzalez) (Duke Environmental Law & Policy Forum, 2018), The Kigali Amendment’s and China’s Critical Roles in Evolving the Montreal Protocol (with X. Sun) (Natural Resources & Environment, 2018), Environmental Laws and Regulations in China and Rules of [the] WTO (Chinese-English), co-edited with the Department of Law and Policy of China’s national environmental protection administrative authority, co-author of the China Chapter (with Steve Wolfson of the US EPA) in A Practitioner’s Guide to the Laws of the Planet (American Bar Association, 2014) and author of the China Chapter of REACH’s Impact in the Rest of the Word (Oxford University Press, Dr. Lucas Bergcamp, ed, 2013).

Mr. Ferris is a graduate of Duke Law School, with both J.D.  and LLM degrees. His thesis involved comparative analyses of Asian environmental regulatory regimes. He also has a Master’s Degree in East Asian Studies (with distinction in Chinese Economics) from George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs, and a BA in International Relations from Clark University. Mr. Ferris speaks multiple languages, including Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, and French.

He received 2007 and 2016 Outstanding Contribution Awards from the International Fund for China’s Environment for his efforts to train young professionals in China in the public-interest sphere and otherwise to promote environmental protection in China.

Mr. Ferris is admitted to the bars (practice of law) in Washington, DC, and Massachusetts.