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VT Law School, China’s Premier Law School Collaborate On Environmental Research, Rule of Law Projects

July 11, 2011

SOUTH ROYALTON, VT -- U.S. and Chinese law students will work together under a new collaboration between Vermont Law School and China's premier law school aimed at improving environmental rule of law and legal education in China.Image of China canal

VLS's U.S.-China Partnership for Environmental Law and Renmin University of China Law School have signed two agreements to allow semester-long student exchanges between the two institutions and collaboration between VLS and Renmin students on cutting-edge environmental law research projects. The projects will focus on improving environmental legal education, training and enforcement of environmental laws and regulations in China.

The agreements further a memorandum of understanding signed in January 2011 under which VLS provides support for Renmin Law School's new clinical legal education program focused on environmental information transparency.

Vermont Law School, the top-ranked environmental law school in the United States, is the leading American law school working on environmental governance in China. Since 2007, VLS and its U.S. and Chinese partner institutions have trained thousands of Chinese judges, lawyers, prosecutors, government officials, scholars and law students. Most recently, VLS started developing an environmental law training curriculum for Chinese judges and helped to open China's first public interest environmental law firm and a university legal advocacy center for environmental health and safety issues.

Renmin University Law School is regarded as China's top center for legal training and legal policy research. Founded in 1950, it was the first institution of higher legal education in the People's Republic of China. Renmin's faculty and students are frequently commissioned by the Chinese central government to draft key national laws, regulations and rules.

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