Research Handbook on Chinese Environmental Law
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Research Handbook on Chinese Environmental Law

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.
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Chapter 19: Conclusion

Zhou Chen and Qin Tianbao


Chapter 19 is a comprehensive conclusion for the entire handbook. Based on the previous discussions on every single legislative area in China’s environmental protection, this chapter focuses mostly on the general recollection of the major and most remarkable endeavors the Chinese environmental legislature has achieved in the past decades. And, as a logic consequence, it throws light on the comments in a prudent and constructive term, which in turn mirrors some important opinions in the very first chapter such as the striking Chinese features. For specific environmental issues, individual chapters (from 2–18) have a wealth of information, illustrating them with various examples from all over the China. To a large extent, they are framed and self-concluded. This final chapter is, therefore, freed from having to complete more details on the relevant areas. Instead, it looks ahead, highlighting the mainstream trends and prospects of Chinese environmental protection activities and legislative progress, which is of particular importance under the new context of the China’s judiciary reformation: the era of rule of law as well as ecological civilization construction.

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