Our Approach

This hybrid classroom/experiential course taught by Professor Sarah Reiter will examine the negotiation of international climate change agreements under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Since the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, the UNFCCC has been the primary forum for the negotiation of international agreements concerning climate change. The Conference of the Parties (COP 21) in Paris signaled the beginning of a new, universal approach to combating climate change. However, negotiations continue. Through following these negotiations, this course will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the fundamental issues, negotiation process, and political dynamics of the UNFCCC.

Vermont Law advances Ocean Agenda at BLUE COP
This year, the Vermont Law delegation will gain first-hand experience with Small Island Developing States at COP25, which will be held in Santiago, Chile from December 2 – 13, 2019. Host nation Chile is calling this year’s COP a “Blue COP,” with an emphasis on oceans. Climate change and oceans are inextricably linked; the time is now to move oceans center stage. As part of the course, students will hear from leading scientists, policy makers, and practitioners. A warm welcome to our guest speakers.