Water Resources Law and Policy: China and Vietnam

Water Resources Law and Policy: China and Vietnam

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This travel course combines natural science, law and policy.

Led by Daniel Suman, a Professor of Marine Affairs and Policy at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and an Adjunct Professor at Miami Law, the course covers a broad spectrum of water issues in Vietnam, China and the U.S.A. which include drinking water, wastewater, groundwater, wetlands, damns and international rivers.

Course Specifics:

  • 3-credit course
  • In 2014, the dates are May 13 – June 14 and the program fee is $1800.00 plus international airfare
  • All eligible UM students receive at $1000.00 for participation in the 2014 Water Resources program.
  • Two- 6-hour Saturday sessions are required part of the course during the spring semester. Students may opt for 1 credit for this part of the course.
  • The formal portion of the course involves seminars at the Hanoi University of Mining and Geology (HUMG) and Yunnan University, as well as our separate University of Miami discussion group/seminars about the readings.
  • Extensive travel and fieldwork takes the class through northern and central Vietnam (Hanoi, Halong Bay, Dong Ha, Sapa) and southwestern China (Yunnan Province, Tiger Leaping Gorge on the Yangtze River, Shangrila).
  • Evaluation is based on five group exercises (50%), a research paper (35%) – topic to be selected during the course introduction, and participation (15%).

Vietnam (May 14–28, 2014)

The Vietnam portion of the trip is at Hanoi University of Mining and Geology (HUMG) along with students from that university. Topics discussed to include administrative and legal system, water resources management, hydraulic cycle, drinking water, wastewater treatment, groundwater, and wetlands (mangroves). At least four professors from Vietnamese universities will present on these topics as related to Vietnam.

China (May 29 – June 14, 2014)

The China portion of the trip is at Yunnan University (Asian International Rivers Center/AIRC and the School of Law) in Kunming along with selected students from that university. Topics discussed to include administrative and legal system in china, wetlands II (water purification, freshwater, wetlands), water quality, international rivers & dams, and inter-basin water transfers. At least four professors from Yunnan University will present on these topics as related to China.

For More Information

Contact Professor Daniel Suman at dsuman@rsmas.miami.edu or at 305-284-4685.

STRAIGHT FROM A STUDENT

Christina Sava studied in Haifa, Israel during the spring of her 2L year.


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