WCL Hosts Conference on Chinese Development and Environmental Challenges


WASHINGTON, DC, March 23, 2009 – American University Washington College of Law is pleased to announce the upcoming conference entitled “As Goes China, So Goes the World: Chinese Development and Environment Challenges”, taking place Thursday, March 26th from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.  The conference is presented by the Sustainable Development Law & Policy Journal.

China’s unprecedented growth and incredible investment potential have led to increased international interest in China's every move.  Although the country’s comparatively strong environmental regulatory scheme suffers from lack of enforcement, there appears to be a broad consensus at the top of Chinese central leadership to clean up the environment.

A variety of issues will be discussed at this conference including: post-Kyoto decisions on climate change and establishment of a carbon constrained economy; technology transfer, green technologies, and legal dynamics of weak IP protection; increase in public participation and viability of citizen suit litigation; energy investment, carbon sequestration, and development of clean coal; environmental impact statements: requirements and enforcement; food safety and exports from China; the intersection of human rights and environmental/development issues; increasing Chinese influence in the international (and especially developing) world; what kind of example will they set; and evaluation of how China is complying with international environmental and development regimes.

Experts will include Roger Martella, a partner in the Environmental Practice Group at Sidley Austin LLP; Robert Percival, professor of law at the University of Maryland’s School of Law; Chris Williams, Director Freshwater Conservation, World Wildlife Fund; and Quoc P. Nguyen, Honors Fellow, Office of General Counsel, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Linda Tsang, an associate in the Environmental Practice Group at Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.; Steve Wolfson, Senior Attorney with the EPA Office of General Counsel; and Andrea Worden, General Counsel and Senior Advisor on Criminal Justice for the Congressional-Executive Commission on China.

The event is free and open to the public, and will also be webcast live at http://www.wcl.american.edu/go/irc.

To learn more about this conference or American University Washington College of Law, please contact Jason Policastro at (202) 895-4537 or via email at policastro@wcl.american.edu

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Full Schedule:

9:00 am                        Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:30 am                        Welcome Remarks

9:45 am                        Going Green: The Development of Chinese Environmental Law

11:15 am                       Break

11:30 am                       Development's Human Cost: Human Rights and the Environment in China

12:45 pm                      Networking Lunch

1:30 pm                        Giant Opportunity: China as a Partner in International Environmental Law

2:45 pm                        Closing Remarks