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Vermont Law Partners with Zhongnan University in China

May 28, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE —
CONTACT: Maryellen Apelquist, Director of Media Relations, Vermont Law School
office: 802-831-1228, cell: 802-299-5593, mapelquist@vermontlaw.edu

SOUTH ROYALTON, Vt., May 28, 2014—A delegation from Zhongnan University of Economics and Law (ZUEL) in China visited Vermont Law School today, signing an agreement with VLS to collaborate on programs that will expand educational opportunities for students from both schools and promote exchange between faculty members.

The agreement includes, but is not limited to, collaboration on student and faculty exchanges and training programs, degree and certificate programs, joint legal research projects, and publications on environmental and energy law research and policy development.

“This partnership reflects our commitment to developing global leaders,” said Marc Mihaly, president and dean of Vermont Law School, after meeting with the Chinese delegation. “We are proud to partner with Zhongnan University of Economics and Law and look forward to watching as students and faculty from both institutions work toward influencing environmental law and policy, both in China and elsewhere in the world.”

The Zhongnan University delegation was comprised of Professor LIU Maolin, vice president of ZUEL; Professor HAN Long, who specializes in international financial law; Professor ZHANG Hong, vice dean of ZUEL law school, who specializes in civil law; and Associate Professor JIANG He, assistant dean of ZUEL law school, who specializes in international law.

“We are pleased to collaborate with Zhongnan University of Economics and Law faculty and are eager to begin working with their students,” said Siu Tip Lam, associate professor of law and program director of the U.S.-China Partnership at VLS. “We likewise look forward to Vermont Law School students taking advantage of this unique opportunity to learn more about law and policy in China.”

Vermont Law School, with the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), launched the U.S.-China Partnership in 2006 to advance environmental governance and rule of law in China. In addition to receiving renewals of the USAID grant in 2009, 2012 and 2014, the U.S.-China Partnership also currently administers three environmental advocacy programs in China funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) in Beijing, Guangzhou, and Kunming. For more information about the U.S.-China Partnership at Vermont Law School, including its partnership with Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, visit www.vermontlaw.edu/china, email china@vermontlaw.edu or call 802-831-1341.

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Vermont Law School, a private, independent institution, has the top-ranked environmental law program and one of the top-ranked clinical training programs in the nation, according to U.S.News & World Report. VLS offers a Juris Doctor curriculum that emphasizes public service; two Master’s Degrees (Master of Environmental Law and Policy, and Master of Energy Regulation and Law), and three post-JD degrees—LLM in American Legal Studies (for foreign-trained lawyers), LLM in Energy Law, and LLM in Environmental Law. The school features innovative experiential programs and is home to the Environmental Law Center, the South Royalton Legal Clinic, and the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic. For more information, visit www.vermontlaw.edu, find us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

[Cutlines for photos—available upon request:

#1: Vermont Law School President and Dean Marc Mihaly, left, and Zhongnan University of Economics and Law Vice President LIU Maolin sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to expand environmental education opportunities for students from both schools, during a meeting Wednesday, May 28, at VLS in South Royalton, Vt.

#2: Vermont Law School faculty and President and Dean Marc Mihaly, center, meet with a delegation from China’s Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, Wednesday, May 28, at VLS in South Royalton, Vt.

#3: Zhongnan University of Economics and Law Vice President LIU Maolin, left, discusses partnering with Vermont Law School during a visit to the VLS campus, Wednesday, May 28.]

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