Environmental protection appears to be at the forefront of reform in China. Over the past decade China has passed many environmental protection laws. There has been increasing citizen awareness and government responsiveness. But what role has the law and litigation played in moving Chinese society forward? Rachel Stern, assistant professor of law and politics at UC Berkley just finished a multi-year project, researching the legal system’s response to environmental cases in China and has published her findings in Environmental Litigation in China: A Study in Political Ambivalence. Below China Law & Policy‘s interview (both audio and transcript) with Prof. Stern where she highlights some of the silver linings in China’s otherwise ambivalent response to environmental protection.
Listen to the Interview with Rachel Stern:
Length: 39:12 minutes
If the length of the interview is too long for one sitting, check out our “three-part breakdown” of the 39 minute interview:
Part 1 – China’s Growing Environmental Rights Movement – 10:08 minutes