Paul Hagen practices in the areas of U.S. and international environmental law. He advises a diverse group of multinational corporations and trade associations on market access, global supply chain, and product stewardship matters in the U.S. and in key markets worldwide. Mr. Hagen also counsels clients on the negotiation and implementation of regional and global environmental agreements, with a particular emphasis on treaties and related legislation impacting the chemicals and electronics sectors. He has advised clients on the successful implementation of national and global product take-back and recycling programs.
His recent work includes:
Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Laws: Counseling companies on compliance with EPR legislation and management of used and end-of-life electronic equipment, batteries, pharmaceuticals, medical devices and other products in the U.S. and in key markets worldwide.
RoHS and Material Ban Legislation: Advising companies on market access requirements for products subject to RoHS measures, supply chain communication and material ban legislation, with a focus on electronics, toys and consumer products.
Conflict Minerals: Advising a wide range of companies on due diligence, supply chain communication and disclosure requirements under the SEC’s Conflict Minerals Rule.
Basel Convention and Circular Economy:Representing the U.S. electronics industry on the negotiation and implementation of the Basel Convention and related OECD Council Decision governing the classification and transboundary movement of used products for repair or recycling and assisting clients from diverse sectors with requirements applicable to the transboundary movement of materials and wastes.
Energy Efficiency: Advising clients on efficiency standards and environmentally preferable procurement standards.
Mr. Hagen serves on the boards of several leading conservation non-profit organizations, including the Conservation Fund and the Chesapeake Conservancy, and serves on the NatureServe's Strategic Advisors Council. He is a former board member of the Environmental Law Institute (board chair), the American Bird Conservancy, and World Environment Center. In addition, he has taught as an adjunct professor at the Washington College of Law at American University (Washington, D.C., Geneva). Mr. Hagen's environmental practice has been prominently recognized in Chambers USA and other leading publications, including The Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers and Law Business Research's International Who's Who of Environment Lawyers .