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1st Edition

Climate Change Law in China in Global Context

ISBN 9780367509705
Published April 29, 2022 by Routledge
236 Pages

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Book Description

In Climate Change Law in China in Global Context, seven climate change law scholars explain how the country’s legal system is gradually being mobilized to support the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in China and achieve adaptation to climate change.

There has been little English scholarship on the legal regime for climate change in China. This volume addresses this gap in the literature and focuses on recent attempts by the country to build defences against the impacts of climate change and to meet the country’s international obligations on mitigation. The authors are not only interested in China’s laws on paper; rather, the book explains how these laws are implemented and integrated in practice and sheds light on China’s current laws, laws in preparation, the changing standing of law relative to policy, and the further reforms that will be necessary in response to the 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

This comprehensive and critical account of the Chinese legal system’s response to the pressures of climate change will be an important resource for scholars of international law, environmental law, and Chinese law.

Table of Contents


  1. China’s Legal System: Sources of Law and Institutions Related to Climate Change
  2. Ancui Liu

  3. Scholarship and Running Debates on Climate Law and Policy in China
  4. Xiangbai He

  5. China in Global Context: Continuity and Discontinuity in International and Chinese Domestic Climate Change Law and Policy
  6. Ying Shen

  7. Renewable Energy Laws and Policies in China in the Context of Climate Change
  8. Mandy Meng Fang

  9. China’s Legal Framework for Emission Trading and Other Market Initiatives
  10. Hao Zhang

  11. Regulation of Sources and Sinks in China’s Domestic Offset Scheme
  12. Hao Zhang

  13. Monitoring, Reporting, and Verification of Greenhouse Gas Emissions in China: A Legal Analysis
  14. Alexander Zahar and Hao Zhang

  15. China’s Legal and Policy Framework for Adaptation: Challenges and Responses
  16. Xiangbai He

  17. Towards a Breakthrough in China’s Climate Change Litigation: Environmental Public Interest Litigation Filed by NGOs

          Richard Zhang Qing

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Xiangbai He is Associate Professor at Guanghua Law School, Zhejiang University, China.

Hao Zhang is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK Law).

Alexander Zahar is Honorary Professor at Macquarie Law School, Sydney, Australia, and Professor of Law at Southwest University of Political Science and Law, Chongqing, China.