Difficulties and challenges of Environment law enforcement and jurisprudence in China
- 18-03-2015 19:00 - 21:00
- Penghao Theatre, Beijing
In response to degradation of environment quality, China has made serious efforts at multiple levels to address these problems and balance its economic growth with environmental sustainability. Robust enforcement of China`s environmental laws, particularly through the judiciary, is indispensible to such efforts. China has a relatively thorough system of environment-related laws, including revision of the Environmental Protection Law. It has also established over 300 environmental courts, including one housed within the Supreme People`s Court. Despite their rapid growth, these courts face a number of obstacles, including shortage of professionally trained judges, as well as lack of knowledge and capacity on environment litigation and adjudication. These factors have a profound effect the quality of environmental litigation and ultimately fairness and due process of environmental justice in China. Moreover, the low number of cases is illustrative of a still relatively low level of awareness among the public of access to environmental justice. Developing environmental litigation and adjudication capacity of judges and other stakeholders at the local level is key to promoting the necessary specialization of environmental justice in China.
More information about China's environmental governance and laws
EU-China Environmental Governance Programme: http://www.ecegp.com
China’s revised environmental protection law http://www.ecegp.com/english/knowledge/showknoledge.asp?ID=841
SPC "Opinion on the Overall Strengthening of Environmental Justice to Provide Legal Guarantees for Ecological Civilisation" http://www.chinacourt.org/law/detail/2014/06/id/147914.shtml (Chinese only)
Sun Youhai. 2014.9.17 "An analysis of some current issues in environmental justice and related policy recommendations" http://www.chinacourt.org/article/detail/2014/09/id/1444522.shtml (Chinese only)
About the Speakers
Douglas Whitehead manages of the GIZ Sino-German Legal Programme’s project on judges training in environmental law in Shaanxi, Gansu and Guangxi under the EU-China Environmental Governance Programme. Through the judges training project, jointly implemented by the Institute for Environmental Law at Northwest University of Politics and Law, Douglas has conducted in depth research on judges capacity and needs with respect to environmental justice, and has participated in the development of specialized environmental law curricula for provincial judges’ colleges. Prior to joining GIZ, Douglas worked at the Global Environmental Institute on projects related to climate policy, nature reserve management, and environmental impact of Chinese overseas enterprises, and on EU-funded projects at Development Solutions Europe, including support for China’s Emissions Trading System (ETS) pilots and the EU-China Trade Project.
Xiaoke (Oliver) Zhang
Mr.Zhang is a partner at JT&N, a PRC leading law firm headquartered in Beijing. He specializes in the areas of foreign direct investment, project finance and general corporate matters across broad industries including manufacturing, real estate, energy, climate change and environmental protection. He is a legal expert on various energy projects and environmental matters. Through his 10+ years legal practice both in Beijing and Shanghai, substantial hand-on experience has been gained from advising both domestic and international clients in various environmental matters. Before joined JT&N, he served as a Chinese consultant in Shanghai branch offices of different international law firms from 2003 to 2009. He shifted his focus on energy, chemical industrial and environmental sectors in 2009.
He is a co-founder of China Environmental Law Roundtable, a multilateral think tank of environmental law practice in China including multinational companies, environmental academics, practitioners and relevant governmental authorities.
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