On August 26-28, 2015, I attended a comparative law research conference entitled “Environmental Law on Three Continents” in Uppsala, Sweden. The conference was organized by the Faculty of Law at Uppsala Universitet, aiming to develop a platform for comparative legal research between scholars from EU (Sweden), China and US. The conference was well attended with scholars from the Faculty of Law at Uppsala Universitet, top ranked universities in China (e.g. Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing and Wuhan University) , the USA-Asia Partnership for Environmental Law at Vermont Law School and Pace University in USA. Many of the comparative law scholars from China were alumni who conducted residency programs at VLS. We were glad to get together again to study how our different legal systems tackle common and important environmental problems. I gave two presentations on the comparative law papers I am working on: one on Environmental Public Interest Litigation and one on Adaptive Law to Foster Resilience Lashihai Watershed, receiving great feedback from colleagues in the conference. Other timely research subjects the conference focused on including:
1. Harmonisation of environmental law and good governance, public participation in environmental decision making and access to justice
2. Contaminated land, remediation and liability
3. Water management and protection
4. Energy law and climate change
The research papers can be download here.
This “Three Continents” comparative environmental law collaboration started in 2012, when the Partnerships, in collaboration with Uppsala Universitet and SYSU convened a Workshop on Environmental and Public Health Law, Regulations and Remedies in Guangzhou on September 8-9, 2012. The partners hope to continue this important initiative and we will continue our collaboration. Maybe another “Three Continents Comparative Law Workshop” in the U.S.