Edited by Paul Martin, Li Zhiping, Qin Tianbao, Anel Du Plessis, Yves Le Bouthillier and Angela Williams
Chapter 5: Toward a More Effective Environmental Criminal Law in China
1 Michael G. Faure and Hao Zhang2 5.1 INTRODUCTION There is increasing attention to the role of environmental law in promoting sustainable development and effective environmental governance in China, but so far less has been published (at least in English) on the effectiveness of various enforcement mechanisms that could be used to support material environmental law. The goal of our chapter is to identify how public sanctioning systems (mostly criminal law, but to some extent also administrative law) might be employed in an effective way to induce compliance with environmental legislation. To answer that question and hence to address to what extent criminal and administrative law are able to perform a crucial role in the protection of the environment in China, we will first of all try to explain the structure of environmental criminal law in China (Richter, 2002, p. 78). A difficulty in describing environmental criminal law in China is that the norms can be found in a variety of documents with different legal status, like the Criminal Law, subsidiary criminal law and environmental statutes. Altogether, these provide a wide range of crimes, the formulation of which is in some cases not very precise and clear. After a description of environmental criminal law in China, the question arises to what extent environmental criminal law in China can be considered as effective. In order to answer that question, we will use recent literature which has argued that an ideal environmental criminal law should make use of a combination of provisions...
You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.
Elgaronline requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals. Please login through your library system or with your personal username and password on the homepage.
Non-subscribers can freely search the site, view abstracts/ extracts and download selected front matter and introductory chapters for personal use.
Your library may not have purchased all subject areas. If you are authenticated and think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.