As Goes China, So Goes the World: Chinese Development and Environment Challenges

Thursday, March 26, 2009
09:00 AM - 03:00 PM

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It is impossible to deny China's huge and growing impact as a world economic and political power. The country's unprecedented growth and incredible investment potential have caused increased international interest in China's every move. China has a history of environmental degradation, but recent reports show the standards may be shifting. Although China's environmental regulatory scheme, which is comparatively strong, 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.

Presented by the Sustainable Development Law & Policy Journal

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