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Climate Refugees in the Pacific

It is now scientifically proven that climate change is causing disruptions to the world at large. These slow-motion consequences threaten most coastal areas around the world, especially the Pacific Island nations.  Scientists...

Brexit and Environmental Law

The United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union is anticipated to have a breadth of impacts on its environmental law and policy. Proponents point to opportunities ahead for the government to draft and enact U.K.-specific...

Annual Review of Chinese Environmental Law Developments: 2019

The Communist Party of China (CPC) reaffirmed its emphasis on environmental protection in a decision adopted by the fourth plenum of its 19th Central Committee, held in December 2019.1 Part 10 of this decision specifically addresses...

Annual Review of Chinese Environmental Law Developments: 2018

In China, the year 2018 witnessed important institutional changes for environmental protection and the development of some major environmental legislation. These included administrative restructuring; the revision and adoption of...

Making the International Trade System Work for the Paris Agreement: Assessing the Options

If the Paris Agreement’s 2°C goal is to be achieved, unprecedented efforts across all areas of socioeconomic activity are needed. National climate policy measures with direct or indirect trade implications stand the risk of colliding...

The Evolution and Influence of International Environmental Norms

This Comment explores the evolution and influence of international environmental norms. One of the present authors, Prof. Armin Rosencranz, in a 2003 article discussed the origin and emergence of these norms. That article identified 20...

The Changing Nature of Conflict, Peacebuilding, and Environmental Cooperation

With respect to conflict and post-conflict environmental peacebuilding, three key themes characterize the post-Cold War world: (1) a change in how wars are fought and financed; (2) the United Nations’ more frequent and wide-...

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...

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