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U.S.-China Partnership Students Research Environmental, Public Health Issues

January 27, 2012

Vermont Law School students Allison Cameron '13, Heather Croshaw '13, Nat Green '13, Sara Imperiale '13, Brian Marshall '13 and Jeffrey Polubinski '13 recently were chosen to be part of the U.S.-China Partnership for Environmental Law's annual joint research projects (JRP).

Image of electrical towerThe projects engage VLS students in year-long collaborative research with partner law students from Sun-Yat San University, Renmin University and China University of Policy and Law. The VLS students traveled to China in December to meet with their Chinese counterparts, discuss the projects and present their research. Topics included waste disposal, vehicle emissions, nuclear regulation, energy security, hydropower and renewable energy development.

The VLS students presented their research results together with their SYSU, Renmin and CUPL counterparts and are expanding their knowledge of China's legal system and environmental laws. Professors from VLS and the Chinese law schools supervise particular projects based on their students' research areas.

The Partnership also organized meetings with officers from the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou and the Beijing Embassy for the students. Returning to Vermont for the spring semester, the JRP students will continue to refine and finalize their project papers. They will also present their research projects to the VLS community in the spring.

Cameron remained in Beijing to be the first student to participate in the partnership's exchange program with Renmin University. In July last year, the Partnership and the Renmin University School of Law signed two agreements to allow semester-long student exchanges between the two institutions and collaboration between VLS and Renmin.

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