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Carina Roselli, JD(2L) Candidate, Vermont Law School

Carina Roselli is a 2L student at Vermont Law School focusing her legal studies on international environmental law and the law of armed conflict. Prior to enrolling of VLS, Ms. Roselli served as an Army helicopter pilot in Iraq. While deployed, she had the opportunity to travel to Kuwait, Qatar and Australia. Ms. Roselli's practical international experiences add a unique perspective to the classroom while studying international law, international environmental law and policy, human rights law, and environmental health. Next fall, Carina will transfer her studies to the Masters in Environmental Management program at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies where she will study environmental policy and health, global ethics, ecology and world religions, environmental justice, soil conservation, and water management and restoration. She seeks to pursue a career in addressing the environmental impacts of war, particularly pre-war environmental planning and post-war environmental restoration.

Robert Reagan, JD/MELP (2L) Candidate, Vermont Law School

Robert Reagan received his B.A in 2009 in History and International Affairs from Center College in Kentucky. He is a student pursuing a Juris Doctor and Master of Environmental Law & Policy (JD/MELP) at Vermont Law School. Mr. Reagan is a part of the editorial staff of the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law. His interests in international environmental law include the relationship between population growth, economic development, and environmental protection, and finding ways to overcome the tragedy of the commons.

Seyed Mohammad Mehdi Hosseini, LL.M in International Law (GWU Law School), LL.M Candidate in American Legal Studies, Vermont Law School

Seyed Mohammad Mehdi Hosseini, a native of Iran, is an LL.M student in American Legal Studies at Vermont Law School. He holds an LL.M degree in International and Comparative Law from the George Washington University Law School, a Master of Law degree in Environmental Law and a B.A in Political Science, both from Shahid Beheshti (formerly National) University of Iran. He spent several months as a Visiting Scholar at Environmental Law Institute in Washington, DC. During his legal studies in Iran, he cooperated with the UNESCO Chair for Human Rights and Democracy in Tehran and was appointed as the Executive Secretary of first International Conference on Human Rights and the Environment in May 2009, Tehran (Iran). Mr. Hosseini has translated the book "Training Manual on International Environmental Law, UNEP 2007" into Farsi in Iran and also published articles in international environmental law. He recently received Iran's Award of the Season Book from Iran's Book House under Ministry of Education & Culture. Mr. Hosseini also is a member of the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law member and of it's Focal Point in the Middle East region.

Zaid Masarweh, LL.M in International Law, GWU Law School

Zaid Masarweh is a Legal Consultant with the firm of Enhesa Inc. in Washington, DC where his work focuses on the environmental and occupational safety regulations in Middle Eastern and North African countries. Mr. Masarweh obtained an LL.M degree from the George Washington University Law School in May 2011. He was born in Amman, Jordan. He went to a French school in Italy from 1996 till 2000. In 2003, he received his baccalaureate from the French School in Amman. In 2007, he obtained his Bachelor of Laws from the University of Canberra in Australia. From 2008 to 2009, he worked as a trainee in a law firm in Jordan which specializes in international dispute resolution.

Amanda M. Weir, M.A., J.D.

Amanda Weir holds a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Buffalo, New York, an M.A. in Maritime Archaeology from the University of Southampton, England, and a J.D. from the University of Buffalo Law School, New York. Ms. Weir was part of the inaugural class at the University of Buffalo's Levin Program in New York, New York. Ms. Weir is a member of the New York Bar and the California Bar.

Prior to law school Ms. Weir worked as an archaeological technician in the U.S. and in England. After graduation from law school Ms. Weir practiced law in Los Angeles. She relocated to Tampa, Florida to accept a position as a Strategic Legal Advisor on a U.S. Government project focusing on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Following the end of the project Ms. Weir has worked as a consultant to a private firm specializing in providing risk mitigation solutions to government and commercial clients.