Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2009-02-19

Transportation energy policy in a national and global perspective will be the topic of a symposium hosted Friday, Feb. 27, by the Center for Biotechnology, Law and Ethics at Samford University's Cumberland School of Law.

The daylong discussion will begin at 9 a.m. in the moot courtroom of Robinson law building. It is free and open to the public.

The program will explore issues of supply/demand, price, security, nationalism and environment that occur in an interdependent world in which energy use within nations can create global impacts.

Topics include Energy Futures, led by international environmental and energy law expert Lakshman Guruswamy of University of Colorado Law School; U.S. Energy Policy, led by energy law and policy expert Joshua Fershee of University of North Dakota Law School; India's Energy Future, led by environmental law specialist Deepa Badrinarayana of Chapman University School of Law; and Human Rights, Human Development and Energy, led by David M. Smolin, Cumberland professor of constitutional law and Biotechnology Center director.

Smolin will also moderate a discussion among all the participants and the audience, focusing on the questions and choices facing the U.S. and other nations in regard to transportation energy policy. This concluding session will begin at 2:20 p.m.

Anyone attending is invited to a free lunch at noon.

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