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Environmental litigation in China : a study in political ambivalence / Rachel E. Stern.

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Author/Creator:
Stern, Rachel E.
Language:
English.
Publication date:
2013
Imprint:
Cambridge [U.K.] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2013.
Format:
  • Book
  • viii, 300 p. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography:
Includes bibliographical references (p. 247-286) and index.
Contents:
  • Machine generated contents note: 1. Post-Mao: economic growth, environmental protection, and the law; 2. From dispute to decision; 3. Frontiers of environmental law; 4. Political ambivalence: the state; 5. On the front lines: the judges; 6. Heroes or troublemakers? The lawyers; 7. Soft support: the international NGOs; 8. Thinking about outcomes.
Summary:
"This is a book about the improbable: seeking legal relief for pollution in contemporary China. In a country known for tight political control and ineffectual courts, Environmental Litigation in China unravels how everyday justice works: how judges make decisions, why lawyers take cases, and how international influence matters. It is a readable account of how the leadership's mixed signals and political ambivalence play out on the ground - propelling some, such as the village doctor who fought a chemical plant for more than a decade, even as others back away from risk. Yet this remarkable book shows that even in a country where expectations would be that law wouldn't much matter, environmental litigation provides a sliver of space for legal professionals to explore new roles and, in so doing, probe the boundary of what is politically possible"-- Provided by publisher.
Series:
Cambridge studies in law and society.
Subjects:
ISBN:
9781107020023
1107020026

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