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The Recent Development of China’s System of Procuratorate Public Interest Litigation

After a two-year pilot program, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress formally established the Procuratorate Public Interest Litigation (PPIL) System on June 27, 2017. Since the courthouse door in China has been...

Annual Review of Chinese Environmental Law Developments: 2017

The year 2017 witnessed further development of environmental law in China. Environmental protection was affirmed in the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) held in October 2017, and was stressed in various parts...

Environmental Rule of Law and the Critical Role of Courts in Achieving Sustainability in Water Resources (Introduction to Judges’ Reflections for the 8th World Water Forum)

This year’s 8th World Water Forum in Brazil—the largest gathering on this subject, held every three years—will for the first time bring judges and prosecutors together with policymakers from around the world to discuss the precarious...

Water Justice: The Case of Brazil

The main proposition of this Comment, which focuses on the Brazilian experience and the jurisprudence of the National High Court of Brazil (STJ), is that we must develop a water justice system. To some extent, this would be a novel...

The Conflict Over the River Atuel in Argentina

In a historic ruling that began to shape the solution to a conflict that has been going on for more than 70 years, the Supreme Court of Argentina ordered in 2017 that the province of Mendoza, together with the province of La Pampa,...

Is Integrated Water Management on Track in the European Union?

Although major progress has been made in water management compared with the sometimes dramatic situation in the 1960s and 1970s, much has still to be done to achieve the ambitious objectives of European Union (EU) water law. Climate...

Recent Developments in Environmental Jurisprudence Affecting Water in Africa

This Comment is a compendium of select recent cases pertaining to water in Africa, and details how these cases have contributed to the interpretation of the legal framework within which water is utilized and protected as a “common good...

The Indian Supreme Court and International Environmental Norms

The Indian Supreme Court has been globally recognized for its inclination toward activism and its willingness to step in to fill gaps with respect to issues that affect the State and society alike. With respect to environmental issues,...

Annual Review of Chinese Environmental Law Developments: 2016

The year 2016 witnessed the adoption or revision of several of China’s environmental laws by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, as well as some major judicial initiatives by the Supreme People’s Court. This...

An Exploration of and Reflection on China’s System of Environmental Public Interest Litigation

Commensurate with its significant environmental problems, China’s environmental protection laws and court system have undergone profound changes in the past two years. In this Comment, the authors highlight the development and...

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