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January 30, 2018
by gregtisher

Preserving Culture with EPIL

Like its natural environment, China’s heritage – as embodied in its architectural landmarks, archaeological sites, historic urban neighborhoods, traditional villages, and cultural landscapes – is under threat from the country’s rapid development.[1] One approach to slowing the loss of Chinese … Continue reading

Image courtesy of South China Morning Post

November 1, 2017
by giannapetito

What do China’s OFDI Patterns Mean for Countries in the Lower Mekong Region?

Last week the China’s ruling Communist Party enshrined President Xi’s One Belt One Road Initiative into its constitution.[1] While the Initiative has been touted by President Xi since 2013, its elevated status led us to wonder what this might mean … Continue reading

September 25, 2017
by Yu Zhuang

Multi-Governance and Society-Shared Benefits (多元共治,社会共享) Story Series of Chinese Environmental Civil Society Organizations – Green Jiangnan (绿色江南)

According to the Director of Green Jiangnan, Mr. Fang Yingjun (方应君), over the past 5 years, the role of Chinese environmental civil society organizations (ECSO) in China’s environmental governance has undergone revolutionary changes. Previously, Chinese ECSOs helped promote environmental protection … Continue reading

May 15, 2017
by Yu Zhuang

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

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