June 8, 2017
by Yanmei Lin
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Updates from the Field: Exploring Co-Learning with China’s Supreme People’s Court

In the last three years, China’s judiciary has made significant progress in strengthening its capacity to adjudicate environmental cases. The Supreme People’ Court in China (SPC) established a specialized environmental and resources division in June, 2014 proliferating more than 600 specialized … Continue reading

May 15, 2017
by yuzhuang
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The Challenge of Litigation Costs and Damage Assessment Fees in Environmental Public Interest Litigation in China

From January 2015 when the new Environmental Protection Law (EPL) took effect to the end of 2016, courts in China have accepted 112 environmental public interest litigation (EPIL) cases filed by non-governmental organizations (NGOs). But, as of November 2016, only … Continue reading

March 13, 2017
by Yanmei Lin
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EPIL Typical Case #1: Taizhou Environmental Protection Association of Jiangsu Province v. Taixing Jinhui Chemical Company, et al., A Water Pollution Environmental Public Interest Litigation Case

This case is translated and summarized from the 10 Environmental Public Interest Cases promulgated by Supreme People’s Court . The original publication can be found here. Basic Facts of the Case: From January 2012 to February 2013, the Taixing Jinhui … Continue reading

March 13, 2017
by Yanmei Lin
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China’s Supreme Court Releases Ten Model Environmental Public Interest Litigation Cases

On March 7, 2017, the Supreme People’s Court of China (SPC) released ten model/typical (典型) Environmental Public Interest Litigation (EPIL) cases. EPIL is a new type of suit that environmental social organizations (ESOs) and procuratorates can bring to the courts … Continue reading

December 21, 2016
by yuzhuang
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环境司法公益培训 招募通知

环境司法公益培训(以下简称“培训”)是由佛蒙特法学院(VLS),佛蒙特大学(UVM),和欧盟环境保护协会(ClientEarth)联合主办,在佛蒙特法学院举行的关于美国环境法和环境司法的培训。培训时间为2017年1月9日至2月27日。 培训将招收3至5名致力于中国环境保护事业的环保社会公益组织的法律工作者或合作公益律师参与1至2周的培训课程。佛蒙特法学院将为学员提供部分或全额奖学金用于支付学费、国际和国内交通费用和在佛蒙特学习期间的住宿费用。

December 8, 2016
by yuzhuang
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Environmental Public Interest Litigation (EPIL) in China – Background and Overview

Introduction of EPIL Environmental Public Interest Litigation (EPIL) in China permits qualified environmental non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to file litigation to protect the public interest in safeguarding the environment and natural resources from pollution and ecological destruction. It took China almost … Continue reading

October 31, 2016
by William Schulte
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Discussing Citizen Enforcement of Clean Water Laws with the Supreme People’s Court of China

On October 14 Vermont Law School Professor and Technical Advisor to the US-Asia Partnerships for Environmental Law Jack Tuholske had the special opportunity to give a presentation on judicial and citizen enforcement of water protection laws to the Environment and Natural … Continue reading

June 21, 2016
by William Schulte
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Environmental Public Interest Litigation Training Workshop

On June 6-7, 2016, the US-Asia Partnerships for Environmental Law, the Center for Legal Assistance to Pollution Victims  (CLAPV) at China University of Politics and Law, and the Beijing Huanzhu Law Firm jointly held a training workshop on environmental public … Continue reading

October 30, 2015
by Yanmei Lin
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China’s First Environmental Public Interest Litigation: Green NGOs Win

On Thursday, October 29, 2015, the Nanping Intermediate People’s Court of Fujian Province issued a judgment in favor of the two environmental NGOs plaintiffs, Friends of Nature (FON) and Fujian Green Home on China’s first environmental public interest case. The … Continue reading