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Climate Legacy Initiative Names Advisory Panel to Examine Climate Change and Legal Rights of Future Generations

February 22, 2008

CONTACT: Diane Derby

SOUTH ROYALTON, VT — Vermont Law School's Climate Legacy Initiative (CLI), which is working to safeguard the legal rights of future generations from harms resulting from climate change, is proud to announce the appointment of its Distinguished Advisors Panel. The panel will review the CLI's findings and recommendations, which will be detailed in a green paper slated for national release in October 2008.

The advisory panel includes:

  • Harriet Barlow, director, HKH Foundation and the Blue Mountain Center;
  • Richard A. Falk, Albert G. Milbank Professor of International Law and Practice Emeritus Princeton University and visiting professor of Global and International Studies, University of California at Santa Barbara;
  • Gary Hart, co-chair, Presidential Climate Action Committee (PCAP) National Advisory Committee; Wirth Chair Professor, University of Colorado at Denver; US Senator (CO – ret.); former candidate for President of the United States;
  • Roger Kennedy, former director of the National Park Service; director emeritus, National Museum of American History;
  • Bill McKibben, environmentalist author; scholar-in-residence, Middlebury College;
  • Bryan Norton, professor of philosophy, Georgia Tech School of Public Policy, and a charter member of the Environmental Economics Advisory Committee of the Environmental Protection Agency's Science Advisory Board;
  • David W. Orr, chair, Environmental Studies Program, Oberlin College;
  • James Gustave Speth, Carl W. Knobloch, Jr. Dean of the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and Sara Shallenberger Brown Professor in the Practice of Environmental Policy School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale University;
  • Jörg Chet Tremmel, founder and director of the Foundation for the Rights of Future Generations, Germany;
  • Edith Brown Weiss, Francis Cabell Brown Professor of International Law, Georgetown University Law Center.

"I am extremely pleased with the high quality of experts who have agreed to work with and advise us," said Professor Burns H. Weston, CLI's project director and senior researcher. "It is testimony, I believe, to the importance and necessity of what we are doing.”

The CLI researches and promotes legal doctrines, principles and rules appropriate for recognition by courts, legislatures, administrative agencies and private institutions, to safeguard the rights of present and future generations as they relate to climate change.

Cooperating with the CLI is the Consultants Working Group, whose members include:

  • Peter Barnes, senior fellow of the Tomales Bay Institute; author of Capitalism 3.0 and Who Owns the Sky?
  • John Davidson, professor of political science, University of Oregon.
  • Joseph H. Guth, legal director, Science and Environmental Health Network (SEHN).
  • Dr. Maureen McCue, UI Global Health Studies Program and Center for Human Rights; chair, Iowa chapter, Physicians for Social Responsibility.
  • Nancy Myers, lead author and editor of SEHN's how-to book on the precautionary principle, Precautionary Tools for Reshaping Environmental Policy.
  • Hari M. Osofsky, assistant professor of law, University of Oregon School of Law (through June 2008); associate professor of law, Washington & Lee University School of Law (commencing July 2008).
  • Matthew Pawa, attorney at law, specializing in environmental litigation.
  • Carolyn Raffensperger, executive director, SEHN.
  • Andrew L. Strauss, professor of law, Widener University School of Law.
  • David A. Wirth, professor of law; Director of International Programs, Boston College Law School.
  • Mary Wood, Philip H. Knight Professor, University of Oregon School of Law.

"The CLI is at a very productive point, with a critical mass of dynamic people who have signed on to our advisory panel and consulting group," said Professor Tracy Bach, CLI's associate director and senior researcher.

The CLI is a collaborative project of Vermont Law School and The University of Iowa. The CLI takes as given that climate change exists and affirms that lawyers have a vital role to play in both public and private discourse and action relative to it. For more information, please visit the Climate Legacy Initiative homepage.

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