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Seminar on the Health of Watershed Social-Ecological Systems and Environmental Public Interest Litigations

Apr 21st 2018 08:30

 

 

Background:

China’s Supreme People's Court (SPC) expressed that it is critical for the courts to implement the environmental damages relief system though ajudication of environmental criminal, civil and administrative cases in a way that can restore the health of the ecosystems. Mountains, forests, farmland, rivers, and lakes formed a community of shared life and are a coupled social-ecological system and complex adaptive system. There are inextricable relationships between these elements and systems at different time and space scales. Given this complexity, how to achieve the goal of restoring the environment  in an environmental public interest litigation (EPIL) or though a series of EPILs is a practical challenge for EPIL practice in China?  Social organizations and procuraterates who have the standing to bring EPILs to the courts in China are in urgent need of guidance on how to select apporpaite cases, coordinate case strategies in different claims, connect with other environmental enforcement mechanisms and follow up with the execution of court orders so that the court room victories will be resulted in environmental quality improvements and environmental problems will be addressed effectively.  The United States and other developed countries have implemented environmental public interest litigations for more than 40 years. Chinese practitioners, scholars and policy makers will be benefited to learn from their practical experinces in how to use environmental public interest litigation to promote the health of the watershed social- ecosystems. Therefore, the seminar invites practitioners and scholars of environmental public interest litigation from the United States and China to share experinces and discuss topcis such as the relationship between EPIL practices and Watershed Social-Ecological health, development of EPIL case strategies, and the scientific and technological mechanisms and institutions to support EPILs  and coodinations among different stakeholders.

Objectives:

  • To enhance understanding among EPIL practitioners, scholars and policy makers about how EPILs are selected, litigated and related to the efforts to restore the heath of watershed social-ecological systems from a comparative perspective;

  • To promote EPIL practioners, scholars and policy makers to explore mechanisms and innovative rules about scientific evidences, technology support and coordination etc. to support EPIL development.

Agenda (Draft)

Time

Content

April 21, 2018

8:30 – 9:00

Registration

9:00-9:20  

 

Opening Remarks

 

Moderator: :

 

Professor Kathinka Furst, Associate Director of Environmental Research Center at Duke Kunshan University

Professor Siu Tip Lam, Director of U.S.-Asia Partnerships for Environmental Law at Vermont Law School

Professor Qin Tianbao, Director of Research Institute of Environmental Law at Wuhan University

9:20- 11:00

Topic 1: U.S. Environmental Public Interest Litigation and Health of  Social-Ecological System

 

Moderator

 

Speakers

  • Professor Paul Gallay, Executive Director of Hudson River Keeper and Adjunct Professor of Earth Insitute of Columbia University (Hudson River Watershed and Hudson Riverkeeper
     

  • Proferssor P. Haely Michael, Charles S. Cassis Professor of Law at University of Kentucky College of Law (Environmental Public Interest Litigation from the Administrative Law Perspective)
     

  • Jack Tuholske, Faculty Advisor for U.S.-Asia Partnerships for Environmental Law at Vermont Law School (TMDL Plan and the Lake Champlain cases)
     

Commentator

  • Lin Yanmei, Associate Professor of U.S. Asia Partnership for Environmental Law at Vermont Law School 
     

Q&A

11:00-11:15

Tea Break

11:15- 1:00

Topic 2: China’s Public Interest Litigation Practice and Health of Watershed Social-Ecological System Health (I)

 

Moderator

 

Speakers

 

  • HUANG Chengde, Director of Guiyang Public Environmental Education Center, ZHENG Shihong, Partner of Guohao Law Firm
     

  • MA Yong, Deputy Secretry of China Bio-diversity and Green Development Foundation
     

  • FANG Yingjun, Director of Green Jiangnan, and GE Feng, Director of Law and Policy Advacacy Department of Friends of Nature

Commentator

Qin Tianbao, Director of Research Institute of Environmental Law at Wuhan University
 

Q&A

13:00-14:30 

Lunch

14:30- 15:00

Topic 3: China’s Public Interest Litigation Practice and Health of Watershed Social-Ecological System Health (II)

Moderator

 

Speakers

 

  • LIU Yi, Associate Director of the Civil and Administrative Division of the Supreme People’s Procuratorate, Professor of Southwest University of Political Science and Law
     

  • Prosecutor from Suzhou/Kunshan Municipal Procuratorates
     

  • Judge CHEN Ying, Jiangsu Provincial People’s High Court
     

Commentator

  • ZHAO Huiyu, Associate Professor of Shanghai Jiaotong University

Q&A

15:00-15:15

Tea Break

15:15-17:00

Topic 4: Scientific and Techinical Support for Environemtnal Public Interest Litigation – Take the Health of Watershed Social-Ecological System as an Example

 

Moderator

 

Speakers

  • Researcher from China Academy of Environmental Planning Environmental Risk and Damage Assessment Center
     

  • GE Feng, Director of Law and Policy Advacacy Department of Friends of Nature
     

  • Professor Liu Xiang, Director of Litigation Department of Center for Legal Aid to Pollution Victims at CUPL, Professor at Hebei Environmental Engineer University
     

  • Qu Mingzhi,Technical Director,  Shanghai Julong Ecology Research Center

 

Commentator

  • Professor XIA Jianxin, School of Life and Environmental Science of Minzu Unviersity

17:00 

Closing Remarks

17:30

Dinner