Research Handbook on Chinese Environmental Law

Research Handbook on Chinese Environmental Law

Research Handbooks in Environmental Law series

Edited by Qin Tianbao

This Handbook provides a comprehensive review of the salient content and major developments of environmental law in transitional China. The core concepts, basic mechanisms and key challenges of Chinese environmental law are discussed, extending the frontier of understanding in this fundamental area. Previous knowledge of Chinese environmental law is built upon, taking into consideration the concerns of how to face environmental issues in the context of economic growth. Readers will gain an in-depth understanding of the nuances of environmental law in China from this extensive overview.

Chapter 5: Soil protection law

Tou Xiaodong

Subjects: asian studies, asian law, environment, asian environment, environmental law, environmental sociology, law - academic, asian law, environmental law


Due to the increasingly serious soil pollution problem in China legislative measures have become imperative. This chapter analyses the development and relevant specific systems of legislation on soil pollution control by diachronic and synchronic research methods; these investigations demonstrate the need for perfecting relevant regulations. In view of the national conditions, the Chinese Government has admitted that more attention should be paid to soil pollution control and this chapter argues that contributions to special legislation including the accumulation of years of practical experience and some scattered legislation are already in place. Under the circumstances, a Soil Pollution Control of People's Republic of China would be a rational step and should be recommended. This chapter makes some recommendations on how to embody the new law’s basic ideas.

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