Daniel Guttman, J.D.

Daniel Guttman, J.D., is a teacher and Washington, DC based lawyer, with focus on energy/environment, worker health and safety and public management issues. Following two years as Fulbright scholar in China, his work has focused on the development of cooperative and comparative governance, law and environment educational programs involving US and China institutions.

Teaching/Teaching Related
In the US, is a Lecturer at the Whiting School of Engineering/Department of Geography and Environment and Fellow at the Center for Advanced Government Study; he is a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Emory University Halle Institute.

In China he is visiting Professor at the Peking University School of Law public law clinic interest program, where he is co-author of the textbook (实践中的公益法 (Public Interest Law in Practice)(Law Press China: 2012);. visiting Senior Fellow at the Tsinghua University US/China Center, and Research Professor at the Nanjing University School of Environment. He teaches at the New York University Shanghai campus, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and coordinates China Programs for the University of California Santa Barbara Bren School of Environmental Science and Management.

Public Service
Dan Guttman served in the Administration of President Clinton as Executive Director of President Clinton’s Advisory Commission on Human Radiation Experiments (directing a staff of about 60 in investigation of Cold War era government sponsored human experiments and contemporary human subject research) (final report published by Oxford University Press: 1996). He was appointed by President Clinton to serve as a Commissioner of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. He was special counsel to Senator David Pryor in investigations of the use of contractors to do the basic work of government. In China he has been UNDP advisor to the All China Environment Federation.

Private Law Practice
As a private lawyer, his practice has focused on energy, environment, antitrust, “whistleblower,” and worker issues.

He was a partner in a law firm (Spiegel and McDiarmid) that, representing cities and states throughout America, pioneered in litigation that led to the application of anti-monopoly law to electric companies.-and subsequent negotiation of power supply, transmission and coordination arrangements among publicly owned and investor owned utilities.

He represented nuclear weapons workers in litigation relating to the cleanup of the US nuclear weapons complex that led to 2000 enactment by Congress of the “Nuclear Workers Compensation” law, and Department of Energy moratorium on the recycling of radioactive waste for commercial use, school workers in litigation that led to 1986 enactment of the “Asbestos in Schools” law, whistleblowers in litigation that led to hundreds of millions of dollars of recovery by the US government from oil companies and military contractors, janitors in litigation finding Washington DC real estate companies in violation of the District of Columbia Human Rights law, and nuclear workers in litigation that led to a U.S. court finding that the privatization of the U.S. Enrichment Corporation was a model of how not to privatize. He has been pro bono counsel to NGOs engaged in gender equity in international development funding and economic development in the Horn of Africa, and was recipient of a Marshall Fund grant to advise on energy efficiency in the Czech Republic.

Further Background
Dan Guttman co-authored The Shadow Government (Pantheon: 1976), recognized as a seminal study of the contracting out of the U.S. government, has written numerous articles, and testified on many occasions before the US Congress and other public bodies. He shared in journalism awards, including a 2004 award for investigation of $900 billion in Pentagon contracting. He is a Fellow of the US National Academy of Public Administration, has been a recipient of a Johns Hopkins “Excellence in Teaching Award.” He is a Board Member of Shanghai Roots and Shoots, a Shanghai based environmental education civil society organization that works with close to 300 schools in and around Shanghai. He was graduated from the Yale Law School and with highest honors and phi beta kappa from the University of Rochester.

China/US comparative/cooperative program development
In cooperation with China and U.S. colleagues, Dan Guttman’s China research and curriculum development/teaching and related projects have focused on public management, law and environmental governance. Projects include:

  • Peking University law school clinic public interest law program (visiting professor)(2006-); work with clinic faculty and students to develop public interest law program, including courses, public interest law journal and textbook (实践中的公益法 (Public Interest Law in Practice)(Law Press: 2012).
  • Tsinghua University China-US Center (visiting senior fellow)(2009-); work with Center director Professor Sun Zhe in the development of workshops, training programs,and research related to China/US relations.
  • U.S. Government Federal Executive Institute/Tsinghua University/Johns Hopkins University (2009- ); Co-develop and principal co-instructor of program to bring Senior U.S. civil servants to China;
  • All China Environment Federation (ACEF)(2011-13); UNDP (United Nations Development Program) sponsored foreign expert adviser;
  • Tsinghua University School of Public Policy and Public Management/Center for Industrial Development and Environmental Governance (2006-2007); environmental governance research team; products included text on China environmental governance (中国环境监管体制研究); (Tsinghua CIDEG, 2008)
  • Nanjing University School of Environment (2006-); environmental governance research on low carbon development and regional water governance, teaching, and related activities in cooperation with Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering Department of Geography and Environment and University of California Santa Barbara Bren School of Environmental Science and Management; spring 2013 China/US comparative environmental governance conference and workshop for young China environmental governance scholars
  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Law; development of cooperative programs with American law schools and law institutions; March, 2013 pilot training program for Shanghai prosecutors new financial crimes unit; summer 2013 university wide course (for engineer, science and liberal arts students) in Western law culture; Master in Comparative Law program with Emory University to begin in fall 2013.
  • Peking University Press (2011-); co-editor of series of original works on American society and culture by Chinese and American scholars with experience in both countries. Co-editor (chapters author), Perspectives on American Law; 2012; author American Public Interest Law (forthcoming).
  • Carnegie Endowment/Tsinghua BP Center(2012-13); China/US Coal supply dialog; international expert participant

Representative Writings


Public Interest Law in Practice(实践中的公益法) (Chinese) (co-author with Peking University law school law colleagues) (China Law Press); 2012

Perspectives on American Law; co-editor/chapters author; 2013 Peking University Press


”U.S. Government Contracting and China Shi Ye Dan Wei-Two Shadow Governments: Path Dependency from Opposite Directions, or Mutual Learning,” with Song Yaqing and Li Haiming, Asia Pacific Journal of Public Management (June, 2013)

“Government by Contract: Considering a Public Service Ethics to Match the Blended Workforce,”(2013); Emory Corporate Governance and Accountability Review (forthcoming)


“Evaluation of the All China Environment Federation Protection of Environmental Rights and Justice Project,” with Xia Kunbao, for the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF)(March, 2013)

“Transparency and Accountability Landscape Project,” Report to the Ford Foundation’s Promoting Transparent, Effective, and Accountable Government Initiative (July, 2013)