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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...

Realizing China’s Paris Commitment to Addressing Climate Change: Challenges and Legal Solutions

Since 1990, China’s carbon emissions have increased 73% due to economic growth. Although China’s emissions per capita are only about one-fifth of those from the United States, China is the largest emitter in the world. China signed the...

Environmental Impact Assessment in China and the United States: A Comparison

Environmental impact assessment (EIA) is a fundamentally important part of the legal systems in both the United States and China. In this Article, the authors compare and contrast the development of EIA in the two countries, including (...

China’s Air Pollution Rules: Compliance and Enforcement Lessons From Global Good Practices

In recent years, air pollution issues have received unprecedented public attention in China. Partly for this reason, the Chinese government has made significant efforts toward reducing air pollution. However, compliance and enforcement...

Annual Review of Chinese Environmental Law Developments: 2015

The year 2015 was the first year of implementing the revised Environmental Protection Law (EPL) of the People’s Republic of China. The Communist Party of China (CPC) issued several important policies on environmental protection, which...

Carbon Trading in China: Progress and Challenges

China and the United States deserve a great deal of credit for the successful outcome at the Paris Climate Agreement talks. Their landmark 2014 agreement committing each nation to reduce emissions and promote cleaner energy sources...

Green NGOs Win China’s First Environmental Public Interest Litigation: The Nanping Case

The September 2015 issue of News & Analysis looked at China’s new Environmental Protection Law, including the first environmental public interest litigation case heard under it, the “Nanping case.” On October 29, 2015, the...

Field Notes From the Far East: China’s New Public Interest Environmental Protection Law in Action

On May 15, 2015, the Nanping Intermediate People’s Court in Fujian Province conducted the first-ever Chinese trial involving environmental civil public interest litigation. The case, which concerned resource destruction and...

China’s New Environmental Protection Law

On January 1, 2015, China will formally begin implementing an updated Environmental Protection Law. Originally promulgated in 1989, this is the first time China’s fundamental environmental protection statute has been revised, and, in...