Vermont Law Partners with Zhongnan University in China

The agreement includes, but is not limited to, collaboration on student and faculty exchanges and training programs, degree and certificate programs, joint legal research projects, and publications on environmental and energy law research and policy development.

“This partnership reflects our commitment to developing global leaders,” said Marc Mihaly, president and dean of Vermont Law School, after meeting with the Chinese delegation. “We are proud to partner with Zhongnan University of Economics and Law and look forward to watching as students and faculty from both institutions work toward influencing environmental law and policy, both in China and elsewhere in the world.”

The Zhongnan University delegation was comprised of Professor LIU Maolin, vice president of ZUEL; Professor HAN Long, who specializes in international financial law; Professor ZHANG Hong, vice dean of ZUEL law school, who specializes in civil law; and Associate Professor JIANG He, assistant dean of ZUEL law school, who specializes in international law.

“We are pleased to collaborate with Zhongnan University of Economics and Law faculty and are eager to begin working with their students,” said Siu Tip Lam, associate professor of law and program director of the U.S.-China Partnership at VLS. “We likewise look forward to Vermont Law School students taking advantage of this unique opportunity to learn more about law and policy in China.”

Vermont Law School, with the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), launched the U.S.-China Partnership in 2006 to advance environmental governance and rule of law in China. In addition to receiving renewals of the USAID grant in 2009, 2012 and 2014, the U.S.-China Partnership also currently administers three environmental advocacy programs in China in Beijing, Guangzhou, and Kunming. For more information about the U.S.-China Partnership at Vermont Law School, including its partnership with Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, visit, email or call 802-831-1341.