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Vermont Law School Professor, Student Blog from U.N. COP 16

November 29, 2010

SOUTH ROYALTON, VT -- Vermont Law School Assistant Professor Katherine Garvey and Dan Miller, a third-year JD student, are blogging from the 16th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Cancun, Mexico, from Nov. 29 to Dec. 10.

Garvey's and Miller's blog provides a local perspective on the U.N. "conference of the parties," or COP 16: Nearly 200 nations are meeting to try to agree on modest steps to slow climate change and to revive negotiations stalled after last year's Copenhagen summit meeting fell short of a binding U.N. treaty to slow global warming.

Garvey's and Miller's attendance at the U.N. conference builds on the groundwork laid by the VLS delegation at last year's COP 15 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Garvey brings an interest in learning more from delegates from Latin American countries that, like Vermont, have significant greenhouse gas emissions from land use, agriculture and forestry. Miller is focusing on financing mechanisms for adaptation and mitigation with an emphasis on the role of the U.N. Development Programme. His participation in the climate talks is tied to a paper he is writing for Professor Betsy Baker's seminar on The Law of International Organizations.

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