Thursday, March 25, 2010

Article by DU Law Professor Published in "Revista de Derecho Ambiental," a Leading South American Environmental Law Journal

Graduate program director Don C. Smith was recently published in the "Revista de Derecho Ambiental" (Journal of Environmental Law), a Buenos Aires-based publication that is distributed across the whole of South America and is read by the leading environmental law practitioners and academics across the continent.

His article was titled, “Políticas de energía y cambio climático de los Estados Unidos al inicio de la administración Obama: Legislación, regulación o ambas." (In English the title is, "Energy and Climate Change Policies in the United States at the beginning of the Obama Administration: Legislation, Regulation, or Both.") It can be found in issue 19 of the journal beginning on page 257.

In essence, the article explained the energy policies of President Obama and legislative and regulatory actions taken through the summer of 2009. He intends to write a follow up piece later this year explaining the events that have transpired since the publication of the first article. The invitation to write for the prestigious South American journal was extended by Prof. Néstor A. Cafferatta, a well-known and highly respected environmental law professor in Argentina who has also worked in the Argentine Environmental Ministry.

Producing the final version of the article involved a team effort of three graduate program actors. Prof. Smith wrote the article in English and Assistant Program Director Lucy Daberkow translated it into Spanish with the help of Noemí Nuñez, a 2009 LLM graduate.

The DU LLM graduate program has a long and rich history of attracting many of the brightest and most talented individuals from South America. Through this academic year, the graduate program has had students from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, Perú, and Venezuela. Many of these students now hold high level positions in law firms and natural resources companies spanning the entire continent.

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