Dictionary of Environmental and Climate Change Law

Dictionary of Environmental and Climate Change Law

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Edited by Nicholas A. Robinson, Wang Xi, Lin Harmon and Sarah Wegmueller

This state-of-the-art Dictionary defines terms employed in international agreements, national legislation and scholarly legal studies related to comparative and international environmental law and the emerging law of climate change. In acknowledgement of China’s growing role in this arena, each term also includes its pinyin translation in order to facilitate access to the Mandarin variants.


Edited by Nicholas A. Robinson, Wang Xi, Lin Harmon and Sarah Wegmueller

Subjects: law - academic, environmental law, environment, climate change, environmental law

This dictionary is the product of a two-year research program by scholars and post-graduate students studying environmental law at Pace University School of Law in White Plains, New York. It was carried out under the auspices of the Pace University School of Law Center for Environmental Legal Studies with the cooperation of the Environmental and Resources Law Institute (ERLI) of the Faculty of Law at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. The following individuals contributed research time, working in Mandarin Chinese (or Standard Chinese, Putonghua, the official national language of China) and American English, to identify, refine, and edit the standard terms included in this book: Feng Jingru, Hou Xuemei, Laura Jensen, Audrey Kang, Sen Liang, Liu Zheyuan, Melissa Snyder, Sun Chih-yao, Nick Wagner, Yiyi Wang, Luo Wenjun, Wu Qi, Xue Long, Chen Yitong, and Sarah Wegmueller

A research team led by Professor Wang Xi identified a number of environmental law terms, in Chinese and without definitions, for this project. In addition, the team conducted a thorough review and correction on the first draft of the dictionary. The team members who contributed substantively to these terms are: Luo Wenjun, Xu Fengguo, Gu Dejin, Wang Xiaogang, Zhou Wei, Zhao Jun, Tang Tang, Deng Yang, Chen Xiaoli, and Zhu Dajun.

In addition, the editors are pleased to acknowledge the administrative support of Alexandra Dunn, Judith Weinstock, Karen Ferro, and Lorraine Rubich. The project has benefited from the many professional contributions made by the excellent Law Library staff at Pace University School of Law, including Professor Marie Stefanini Newman, Director of the Law Library, and John McNeill and Cynthia Pittson. The innovative studies of Professor John Nolon and the staff of the Land Use Law Center of Pace University School of Law have contributed to the inclusion of terminology of local government environmental and land-use law terms. Finally, the cooperation of the Pace University School of Law’s Institute for Sino-American Comparative Environmental Law and its Director, Professor Richard L. Ottinger, and the Confucius Institute at Pace University, and its Director, Dr Niu Weihua, are gratefully acknowledged.

The editors acknowledge the permission granted by the Government Institutes Press and the Environmental Law Institute to include selected terms derived from their publications:

ISO 14000 Understanding the Environmental Standards, W.M. Von Zharen, © 1996 (Government Institutes Press).

p. viiWELL GROUNDED Using Local Land Use Authority to Achieve Smart Growth, John Nolon, © 2001.

While acknowledging with thanks the many contributors to this study, the editors at Pace University School of Law also acknowledge their responsibility for any errors or omissions, and invite users of this dictionary to contact them at:

Center for Environmental Legal Studies, Pace University School of Law 78 North Broadway, White Plains, New York 10603 www.law.pace.edu