Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Environmental and Natural Resources Law & Policy Director Don C. Smith Named to "Manual of European Environmental Policy" Editorial Board

Don C. Smith, Director of the University of Denver Environmental and Natural Resources Law & Policy Program, has been named to the Editorial Board of the Manual of European Environmental Policy (MEEP). The MEEP is written by the London- and Brussels-based Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP), the preeminent center for the analysis and development of environmental and related policies in Europe.

In mid-2010, the newest version of the MEEP will be published by Earthscan, one of the world's most authoritative publishers of information about environmental and development issues. The preface by Nigel Haigh, chairman of the editorial board, to the upcoming version explains the coverage and importance of the MEEP:
"This manual is intended to provide a complete account of EU environmental policy. Every item of EU environmental legislation is therefore, of course, included, but since the EU Treaties say that 'environmental protection requirements must be integrated into the definition and implementation of Union policies and activities, in particular with a view to promoting sustainable development,' the Manual must also include an account of how environment policy is being integrated into other EU policies such as those for agriculture, transport and energy."
In response to the invitation to join the Editorial Board, Mr. Smith commented on the importance of EU environmental law and policy:
"While there are many important governmental bodies involved with environmental regulation, none has been more important from a leadership perspective in the last decade than the EU. That is one of the reasons why the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 2004 added 'EU Environmental Law & Policy' to its already outstanding curriculum of environmental courses. We want students studying in Denver to know about the 'state of the art' when it comes to environmental policy, and the EU clearly plays a major global role in this regard."
For more information about the EU course, please click here.

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