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Beyond the CDM: Regulating China’s Domestic Offset Scheme

Success in China moving from participation in the Clean Development Mechanism to a national offset scheme is critical to the development of climate law and policy within China. Examination of the regulatory and institutional...

Annual Review of Chinese Environmental Law Developments: 2013

As the Communist Party of China (CPC) is the leading political party of China and in effect determines the policies of the Chinese government, this Comment reviews the policy developments of the CPC during 2013, and what these mean for...

Combating Climate Change: China’s Efforts on Environmental Legislation

As the largest developing country, China has become a primary focus of discussions about involving developing nations in global climate change mitigation efforts because of the size of its population and its rapid, double-...

The Legislative Experience and Lessons of China’s Renewable Energy Law and Its Future Development

The Renewable Energy Law of China was enacted and had been amended relatively quickly. Further modifications to the law would enhance its effectiveness in promoting the development of renewable energy. Deficiencies exist in the current...

Annual Review of Chinese Environmental Law Developments: 2012

As the Communist Party of China (CPC) is the leading political party of China and in effect determines the policies of the Chinese government, this Comment reviews the change in top CPC leadership during late 2012, and what that change...

The Environmental Implications of China’s Engagement With Sub-Saharan Africa

Since the turn of the millennium, China has become an increasingly important economic and political power in Sub-Saharan Africa. Although China has unequivocally come in search of natural resources, its mission is undoubtedly deeper,...

Annual Review of Chinese Environmental Law Developments: 2011

In 2011, China began its Twelfth Five-Year Plan. The Plan includes both new and revised rules and goals for environmental protection and management. This annual review covers updates in climate change mitigation, environmental...

China’s Energy Conservation and Carbon Emissions Reduction System: Development and Status Quo of the Regulatory and Institutional Framework

Recent literature describing climate change governance at the international level emphasizes the need for more comprehensive domestic action to reduce carbon emissions. To date, China’s voluntary carbon reduction schemes indicate a more...

The Development of Payments for Ecosystem Services in China: Cutting Through the Cloud of Confusion Over China’s. Eco-Compensation

Though Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) was initially designed as a voluntary market-oriented mechanism, PES development in China became a top-down, government driven process that is gradually evolving from centralized large-scale...

Overview of the Chinese Legal System

The People’s Republic of China (PRC) was founded in 1949 by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). For almost three decades after the PRC’s establishment, there was a perception that a formal legal system for many areas of national...