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China’s Environmental Administrative Enforcement System

This Comment presents an overview of China’s environmental administrative enforcement primarily regarding pollution control. It introduces the institutional framework of China’s environmental enforcement at the national and...

Environmental Tort Litigation in China

The use of environmental tort claims to compensate pollution victims or to protect the environment and human health is still in an early stage of development in China. Nevertheless, tort cases play an outsized role in China’s...

Environmental Criminal Law in China: A Critical Analysis

Recent literature describing how criminal law should ideally be shaped to play its crucial role in environmental governance holds that a combination of provisions should be utilized in order to enforce not only violations of...

China and Climate Change: From Copenhagen to Cancun

There was a palpable sense of expectation around the world that the December 2009 Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) held in Copenhagen, Denmark, would result in a binding...

Annual Review of Chinese Environmental Law Developments: 2009

I. International Activities

During 2009, China's primary work on environmental law concerned international law on climate change before and during the United Nations (U.N.) Climate Change Conference 2009 in Copenhagen (Copenhagen...

Annual Review of Chinese Environmental Law Developments: 2008

Editors' Summary

In 2008, China continued its environmental development goals outlined in the Eleventh Five-Year Plan passed in 2006. This annual review surveys the major developments in Chinese environmental law and policy in...

China's Environmental Super Ministry Reform: Background, Challenges, and the Future

Editors' Summary

In March 2008, the Chinese National People's Congress elevated the former State Environmental Protection Administration to the Ministry of Environmental Protection. The reform strengthens the environmental...

Annual Review of Chinese Environmental Law Developments: 2007

Editors' Summary: In 2007, China continued its environmental development goals outlined in the Eleventh Five-Year Plan passed in 2006. The Seventeenth National Congress convened in Beijing to adopt new policies for 2007-2008 and beyond...

Legal Issues Relating to GMO Safety in China

Editor's Summary: The genetically modified organism (GMO) safety regime in China is steadily evolving, with national, regional, and local government departments vying for regulatory power. The process is leading toward a reallocation of...

China RoHS Is Serious Business: A Discussion of China RoHS and a Road Map for Compliance

Editors' Summary: Moving beyond the command-and-control product regulation of the past, China is shifting focus to product management as an alternate means to address health and safety, waste management, and environmental contamination...