The Challenge of Chinese Environmental Law
International Environmental Law Committee Newsletter, Vol. 10, pp. 2-6, August 2008
6 Pages Posted: 6 Oct 2008
Date Written: August 1, 2008
China faces some of the most difficult environmental problems in the world as rapid industrial growth has produced horrendous air and water pollution. How China's government responds to these challenges will have profound effects on the global environment. This essay discusses how Chinese environmental laws are evolving to cope with these problems and the severe obstacles that Chinese authorities face. It notes that the highly decentralized nature of China's system of environmental laws makes it difficult for the central government to implement and enforce the laws. The essay concludes that, despite some progress, the lack of an independent judiciary and the absence of a tradition of respect for the rule of law pose enormous challenges for those seeking to clean up China's environment.
Keywords: environment law, China
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