9781139096614 (ebook) 9781107020023 (hardback) 9781107460027 (paperback)
Cambridge studies in law and society.
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.
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Formatted 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 frontlines: the judges 6. Heroes or troublemakers? The lawyers 7. Soft support: the international NGOs 8. Thinking about outcomes.