The Regulatory Institute was founded on a private basis in 2016 by Manfred Kohler as follow-up to / spin-off from his work on regulatory techniques for the European Commission. After finishing his studies in law and public management, Mr Kohler has been working as a regulatory expert in different state administrations and international organisations for over 20 years. During several years, he trained colleagues in the European Commission, coming from 28 countries, on regulatory techniques and the method of law-making. This became a mutual learning process. Based on this enriching interactive experience and studies of regulation worldwide, he wrote the Handbook “How to Regulate?” which covers both particular regulatory techniques and a general method of law-making. Mr Kohler made further methodological knowledge and research available to the Regulatory Institute. He also publishes some articles in his own name and in his private capacity on howtoregulate.org and thereby complements the articles written by the Regulatory Institute.
Since the beginning of 2019, Howtoregulate.org has been managed by the Regulatory Institute ASBL, Brussels and Lisbon. It is registered as an association in Belgium, registration number BCE-718994880.
The Regulatory Institute is based on the following principles:
Public utility: The focus is on topics of high relevance for humankind, which are currently under public debate;
Universality: By being aware of our origin and the bias which might be linked thereto, the Regulatory Institute strives for regulatory knowledge from across the globe. It presents regulatory techniques and reference regulation of different degrees of complexity to respond to the variety of needs between developed and developing jurisdictions;
Neutrality: The Regulatory Institute is non-partisan and takes no position in favour or against certain policies. Instead, it puts itself in the shoes of the regulators and tries to assist them, as long as the regulators pursue ethically responsible goals;
Independence: The Regulatory Institute is currently financially and organisationally independent, yet is open to collaboration and financial support;
Complementarity: Support from the Regulatory Institute is free of charge for authorities or parliamentarians as long as no travel expenditure is incurred. By keeping its services free of charge, the Regulatory Institute seeks to encourage regulators to use its services. If funding is available, the Institute will consider if it can provide further in-depth or tailored support.
The Regulatory Institute is financially and organisationally independent, its funds are privately sourced from donations.