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Top Experts on China and the Global Environment Highlight Legal Symposium at Vermont Law School

February 5, 2007

SOUTH ROYALTON—On Thursday, March 1 and Friday, March 2, Vermont Law School will host an academic delegation of Chinese environmental lawyers, including a number of international law experts for a symposium, “China in Transition: Environmental Challenges in the Far East.” Organized by the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law (VJEL), the symposium will focus on the environmental implications of China’s rapid economic development and the obstacles the Chinese legal system faces in protecting the environment.

A dinner will be held in honor of the guests on Thursday evening, March 1, at 6 p.m. in the Jonathon B. Chase Community Center. Professor Wang Canfa, professor of law at the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing and the director of the Center for Legal Assistance to Pollution Victims, will deliver the keynote speech, “Special Functions of Promoting Public Participation in Environmental Protection in Aiding Pollution Victims,” at the dinner. Tickets to the 2007 Symposium Dinner can be purchased by contacting VJEL at (802) 831-1024.

On Friday, panel sessions will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Chase Community Center and are free and open to the public. For the Friday keynote speeches, Professor Wang will be joined by Professor Jerome A. Cohen of New York University School of Law and Senior Fellow for Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.

The Vermont Journal of Environmental Law is a student-run organization at Vermont Law School. In addition to publishing scholarly articles online and in an annual series of books, the journal arranges annual spring symposia on timely legal topics. For more information about the symposium or VJEL, please call (802) 831-1024 or visit VJEL’s website at www.vjel.org.

This symposium is worth five hours of Vermont Bar Association Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits. The fee for CLE credits is $35. CLE credits for New Hampshire are still pending. For further information about CLE at Vermont Law School, contact Sarah Belcher at (802) 831-1259.

Vermont Law School’s Environmental Law Center and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) have provided funding for this symposium. Vermont Law School recently received a $1.8 million grant from USAID to work in partnership with Sun Yat-sen University in China. The institutions are collaborating to work with Chinese legal educators, attorneys, lawmakers, utility analysts, and regulators to provide training in environmental law, with a particular emphasis on energy law; to develop an understanding of the relationship between environmental law and the legal systems and institutions required for effective application and enforcement of environmental law; and to promote citizen participation in China’s legal and political systems.

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