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Towards a Greener China? Accessing Environmental Justice in the People's Republic of China

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The legal reform policy has transformed China's legislative system, created far-reaching changes in both public and private laws as well as in the country's procedural laws, and stimulated the emergence of various kinds of legal profession in the People's Republic. The Environmental Protection Law provides a legislative canopy beneath which may be found a number of important legislative provisions dealing with specific elements of environmental welfare. In order to address China's environmental problems, an institutional framework with responsibility for environmental welfare has been constructed over the past two decades. Broadly speaking, Chinese law and jurisprudence identify three types of liability arising out of environmental problems in China: administrative, civil, and criminal. Three kinds of court proceedings - administrative, civil and criminal - are available in order to enforce liability.

Keywords: China's legislative system; Environmental Protection Law; environmental welfare; jurisprudence; legal reform policy

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