Environmental Criminal Law in China: A Critical Analysis

20 Pages Posted: 23 Oct 2012

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Michael G. Faure

University of Maastricht - Faculty of Law, Metro; Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Erasmus School of Law

Hao Zhang

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) - Faculty of Law

Date Written: October 23, 2012

Abstract

Recent literature describing how criminal law should ideally be shaped to play its crucial role in environmental governance holds that a combination of provisions should be utilized in order to enforce not only violations of administrative norms, but also unlawful emissions. To date, environmental criminal law in China is the result of norms to be found in a wide range of provisions and statutes covering a large number of crimes. The formulation of these norms is in some cases not very precise or clear. This piecemeal system naturally leaves gaps and weaknesses in Chinese environmental criminal law, creating a real need for a comprehensive law to enforce environmental protection.

Keywords: environmental law, environmental criminal law, abstract endangerment, concrete endangerment, China, independent crime

JEL Classification: K32, K42

Suggested Citation

Faure, Michael G. and Zhang, Hao, Environmental Criminal Law in China: A Critical Analysis (October 23, 2012). Environmental Law Reporter, Vol. 41, No. 1, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2165691

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Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Erasmus School of Law ( email )

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Hao Zhang

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) - Faculty of Law ( email )

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Kowloon, Sha Tin
Hong Kong

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