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Environmental Litigation in China: A Study in Political Ambivalence

ISBN13: 9781107460027
Published: October 2014
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback (Hardback in 2013)
Price: £22.99
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This is a book about the improbable: seeking legal relief for pollution in contemporary China. In a country known for tight political control and ineffectual courts, Environmental Litigation in China unravels how everyday justice works: how judges make decisions, why lawyers take cases, and how international influence matters. It is a readable account of how the leadership's mixed signals and political ambivalence play out on the ground - propelling some, such as the village doctor who fought a chemical plant for more than a decade, even as others back away from risk. Yet this remarkable book shows that even in a country where expectations would be that law wouldn't much matter, environmental litigation provides a sliver of space for legal professionals to explore new roles and, in so doing, probe the boundary of what is politically possible.

Environmental Law, Other Jurisdictions , China
1. Post-Mao: economic growth, environmental protection, and the law
2. From dispute to decision
3. Frontiers of environmental law
4. Political ambivalence: the state
5. On the frontlines: the judges
6. Heroes or troublemakers? the lawyers
7. Soft support: the international NGOs
8. Thinking about outcomes.