Two Chinese universities will host presentations on environmental legal issues later this month. The presentations are part of the Vermont Law School’s USAID-funded “U.S.-China Partnership for Environmental Law“.

Beijing’s China University of Political Science & Law (CUPL) (中国政法大学) will hold the first round of presentations, which will be on December 22. The next round of presentations will be held at Guangzhou’s Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU) (中山大学) from December 27-29.

The presentations will consist of research conducted by Vermont Law School and CUPL / SYSU students. The topics cover a wide array of issues in environmental law, from garbage and  e-waste to renewable energy and climate change.  The presentations will largely be based upon comparative analysis between the two countries.

These presentations come at a crucial time for environmental law, as United Nation talks on climate change opened earlier this week in Copenhagen, Denmark.  China and the U.S. are seen as the two key players in preventing “catastrophic” climate change.

The presenters are:
1) Patrick Munson (VLS)  & Zheng Ronghui (CUPL)  – Legal Avenues For Dealing With China’s Ecological Footprint
2) Joseph Starnes (VLS) & Song Lina (CUPL) – The Future And Viability Of Nuclear Power In China
3) Brandon Gillin (VLS) & Yu Lijie (CUPL) – Keeping Up With Chinese Consumerism: Offsetting China’s Individually-Generated Garbage With Regulatory And Social Mechanisms
4) Amy Driscoll (VLS) & Wu Shihang (SYSU) – E-Waste in China
5) Michael Rohwer (VLS) & Chen Huizhen (SYSU) – Using Renewable Portfolio Standards To Encourage Foreign Investment In China’s Renewable Energy Marketplace

Further reading:

CUPL Assistant Director Zhu Yong Meets With Delegates From Vermont Law School (Chinese)