Wednesday, July 6th, 2001, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
3744, Jean-Brillant Street, room 580-32 (5th floor)
Rising carbon dioxide emissions, polluted streams and rivers, dust storms, severe drought and lead-poisoned children are among the many symptoms of China’s environmental crisis. Faced with an ever less tenable situation, both economically and in terms of public health, China’s XIIth Plan (2011-2015) suggests Chinese authorities are aware of these realities. Yet consumerism and the reflexes of a population that remains largely under-educated on this issue point to low citizen awareness levels. NGOs and lawyers play a crucial role in this battle where environmental rights and environmental law meet.
The seminar will discuss the state of China’s environmental crisis, the impact it has had on the world and the interactions that take place between government and civil society on environmental issues. We will seek to understand how China’s level of environmental responsibility towards the world can be commensurate with its newfound status on the global stage.
Stéphanie Balme is a visiting professor at Tsinghua University School of Law (Beijing), China delegate for the Civil Law Initiative and an instructor at the China-EU School of Law. In Beijing, she is developing an international research program entitled "Justice, Law and Society in China," which is part of a general and comparative examination of the evolution of the rule of law, constitutionalism and judicial systems of emerging countries in the context of the globalization of law. She is also in charge of the China office of the Foundation for Continental Law, vice-president of the Franco-Chinese Legal Study and Research Association at the University of Paris V and a consultant for many international organizations.
Jean-François Huchet has been director of the French Centre for Research on Contemporary China (CEFC) in Hong Kong and director of the journal China Perspectives/Perspectives chinoises since September 2006. A lecturer in economics at the University of Rennes 2 and lecturer on the Chinese economy at INALCO and at EHESS in Paris from 2001 to 2006, he lived in Asia from 1987 to 2001, where he held various academic positions (at the Franco-Japanese House in Tokyo, the French Centre for Research on Contemporary China (CEFC) in Hong Kong and Peking University). He is the author of numerous articles and books on economic reforms in China, particularly on state sector reforms. He is also co-author of several books, most recently with Wang Wei, Chinese Firms In The Era of Globalisation (in Chinese and English), Beijing, Zhongguo Chubanshe fazhan, 2008, 293 pp., and with Joel Ruet and Xavier Richet (eds.), Globalization of firms in China, India and Russia, Academic Foundation, New Delhi, April 2007, 363 p.
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