Environmental Courts and the Development of Environmental Public Interest Litigation in China

Journal of Court Innovation, Vol. 3, p. 37, 2010

14 Pages Posted: 9 Aug 2012 Last revised: 3 Sep 2012

Alex Wang

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law

Jie Gao

Fudan University - School of Management

Date Written: 2010

Abstract

This Article examines the development of specialized environmental courts in China. These courts have served as a way for local governments to signal seriousness about environmental protection, raise environmental awareness, and test out modes of public interest litigation. Environmental courts have helped to address problems of judicial technical capacity, but they ultimately fail to resolve more serious weaknesses in China’s court system, such as the lack of judicial independence.

Keywords: China, environment, environmental protection, courts, public interest litigation, litigation, rule of law

Suggested Citation

Wang, Alex and Gao, Jie, Environmental Courts and the Development of Environmental Public Interest Litigation in China (2010). Journal of Court Innovation, Vol. 3, p. 37, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2126780

Alex Wang (Contact Author)

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law ( email )

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Jie Gao

Fudan University - School of Management ( email )

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Shanghai, 200433
China

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