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Speaking for the Trees: Recognizing Nature’s Rights in Vermont

This video file was recorded on July 11, 2013.

Linda Sheehan, Earth Law Center, and Stephen Marx, VT resident

Vermont’s Town Meeting Day has brought residents together for over 200 years. This year, three towns took up measures to urge the Legislature to amend Vermont’s Constitution to recognize the “inherent and unalienable rights” of the natural environment of Vermont. This activity in Vermont is part of a growing movement to reflect the rights of nature in law.

Law as a Framework for Climate Change Adaptation

This video file was recorded on July 18, 2013.

Victor B. Flatt, University of North Carolina School of Law and 2013 VLS Distinguished Environmental Law Scholar

Many scholars look at climate change adaptation through the lens of natural resources and making law more resilient, but adaptation applies to multiple sectors. Law itself can serve as the framework for climate change adaptation, and for decision making on what alterations should be made.

The Supreme Court and Water Compacts

This video file was recorded on July 9, 2013.

Jeremy Jacobs, Greenwire reporter and 2013 VLS Media Fellow

The Supreme Court has waded into a decade-long feud between Texas and Oklahoma over whether the Lone Star State has a right to water in southeastern Oklahoma under the Red River Compact. The case is important to the states involved but also could have broad implications for the 30 major interstate compacts that govern water use around the country.

Sustainable Food Systems, Ocean Fish Stocks, and Mariculture

This video file was recorded on June 27, 2013.

Robin Kundis Craig, University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law and 2013 VLS Distinguished Agriculture and Food Systems Law Scholar

The role of the oceans in creating sustainable food systems is often neglected, even though several recent reports question whether fish will continue to be a viable source of protein for the world’s populations. Increased use of mariculture is being touted as a potential replacement for or supplement to wild fish and seafood.

No More Water, the Fire Next Time

This audio file was recorded on June 21, 2012.

David Mears ’91, Commissioner of Vermont’s Department of Environmental Conservation

The flood disasters of 2011 tested Vermont’s ability to respond to natural disasters and heightened fears
about future emergencies. Commissioner Mears will discuss Vermont’s response to Irene while reflecting
upon what this type of catastrophe can tell us about our relationships to each other and to the natural world.

The Role of Litigation in Improving China’s Environmental Governance

This audio file was recorded on June 14, 2012.

Jingwei Zhao, Yingke Law Firm

A discussion of two environmental law cases in China; one is the first environmental public interest lawsuit involving government information, and the other is representation of 107 fishermen suing ConocoPhillips for compensation from the Bohai Bay oil spill accident.

Cleaning Up Environmental Marketing – Practical Steps to Avoid Greenwashing

This audio file was recorded on June 12, 2012.

Brian Dunkiel ’96, Dunkiel Saunders Elliott Raubvogel & Hand

How do the Federal Trade Commission’s Green Guides, other government regulations, consumer fraud class actions, and voluntary marketing claim dispute resolution programs influence environmental marketing claims, and what should companies know in order to enhance consumer trust and brand value?

Trade Agreements and State Governments: Continuing Threats to Sovereignty?

This audio file was recorded on June 7, 2012.

Thomas Barnico, Boston College Law School

NAFTA, GATT, and the more recent international trade agreements all subject state laws to new forms of litigation under legal standards not imposed by the United States Constitution. What threats do these agreements pose to sovereign regulatory and other interests of the states, and what protections should the states propose to defend their interests?

Sharks in Danger: Impacts of the Global Shark Fin Trade

This audio file was recorded on May 31, 2012.

Michael Sutton, Monterey Bay Aquarium

This talk will discuss the status of shark populations around the world, the role of the global trade in shark fins, and what California and other jurisdictions are doing to stem the killing and protect sharks worldwide.

Mediating Common Pool Resource Disputes: Using ADR to Avoid the Tragedy of the Commons

This audio file was recorded on June 5, 2012.

Sean Nolon, Dispute Resolution Program

When and how can mediators be used to avoid the tragic mismanagement of common resources? This talk draws lessons from the fields of economics, sociology, law, psychology, and dispute resolution to explore ways to improve resource management efforts with the help of community mediators.