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China's Environmental Hero Joins Vermont Law School as Distinguished Lecturer

June 5, 2009

Photo of Canfa Wang.

Professor Canfa Wang

Professor Canfa Wang, one of the most recognized environmental law scholars in China, will give a presentation on "The Challenges of Environmental Enforcement and Its Solutions in China" at Vermont Law School on Wednesday, June 10, as part of a week-long stay including lectures and discussions on future collaborations.

Last year, Wang was named by Time magazine as one of the world's 50 environmental heroes. He is a professor at China University of Political Science and Law and director of the Center for Legal Assistance to Pollution Victims (CLAPV), one of the most prestigious environmental NGOs in China.

Vermont Law School's Partnership for Environmental Law in China program has collaborated with CLAPV to sponsor environmental law and policy workshops and conferences, including a recent workshop on environmental courts and litigation at the National Judges College in Beijing. In 2007, Wang visited Vermont Law School to deliver the keynote address at the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law's "China in Transition" symposium.

"Professor Wang has won cases for hundreds of pollution victims in China," says Vermont Law School Professor Tseming Yang, who directs the Partnership for Environmental Law in China. "His work is a shining example of what environmental lawyers can accomplish even in a place like China, which faces enormous pollution challenges."

The public is invited to this free presentation by Professor Wang on June 10, noon to 1:30 p.m. in Oakes Hall, Room 110. Vermont Law School President and Dean Jeff Shields will present Professor Wang with an appointment as an Honorary Distinguished Lecturer in Environmental Law in recognition of his efforts to promote the development of environmental law in China and his collaboration with VLS.

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