China Environmental Law

A discussion of China’s environmental and energy laws, regulations, and policies

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China Environmental Law blog was written by Charlie McElwee during his years as an international environmental & energy lawyer in Shanghai.  You can reach him here.

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The materials on this site are for informational purposes only and are not legal or other professional advice. The opinions expressed on or through this blog are solely the opinions of the author.  Under the applicable laws and regulations of the People’s Republic of China (”PRC”), no international lawyer or law firm (even if based in China) is licensed or qualified to provide PRC legal services, as defined by the PRC Ministry of Justice. In accordance with such laws and regulations, the author is not qualified to practice in the capacity of a PRC lawyer. Use of this Web site does not create an attorney-client relationship between you and the author or his firm. You should not act upon the information on this Web site without seeking advice from a lawyer licensed in your own state or country. The information on the blog may be changed without notice and is not guaranteed to be complete, correct or up-to-date.

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11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Annette // Jan 22, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    Thank you for this information. As a student whom studies international law, I find the issues of environmental protection becoming dire. China is now a world power, and will HAVE TO play its part in addressing the issues of climate change and enacting solutions. Just as the United States must take responsibility for its military power, China should take responsibility for its manufacturing practices. Especially if those polluting this magnificent country are foreign businesses.

  • 2 Brandon // Jan 26, 2009 at 1:40 am

    Very cool blog; I follow it regularly. I lived in Nanjing for two years and left to pursue my law degree in the U.S., which is what I am doing now. I want to return to China after I graduate. My law school specializes in Environmental Law and has an Environmental Law exchange program with 中山大学 in 广州 so I’m in a unique position to play a role in the Environmental Law field in China. I look forward to reading your blog more and more. Cheers!

  • 3 cmcelwee // Jan 26, 2009 at 8:02 am

    @Annette Nice to hear from you. Good luck with your international law studies! I agree that China needs to “play its part in addressing the issues of climate change and enacting solutions.” We simply won’t be able to solve the problem without China stepping into a leading role in reducing emissions.

    @Brandon Cute kid and thanks for the comments about the blog! I’m very familiar with Vermont Law and its China programs. Great work. Be sure and contact me the next time you get to China.

  • 4 T.Vana // Apr 18, 2009 at 10:35 am

    Hello, great site, thank you.
    I am spending June/July 2009 in Kunming, Yunnan Province staying at Yunnan University. If anyone has any environmental contacts in Kunming that could use an intern this summer, please advise. thank you!

  • 5 Tianbao Qin // Aug 14, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Dear Mr. Charlie McElwee,

    I am Tianbao Qin from the Research Institute of Environmental Law (RIEL), Wuhan University, one of the best environmental law institutions in China.

    And I am very glad to find this blog and to read your articles.

    Welcome to visit the RIEL at you most convenient time.

    Best wishes for your blog.

    Prof. Dr. Qin, Tianbao
    Assistant Dean for International Affiliations
    School of Law & Research Institute of Environmental Law (RIEL)
    Wuhan University
    Head, Environmental Rights Department
    Center for Protection of Rights of Disadvantaged Citizens (CPRDC)

    Address: Luojia Shan; Wuhan, 430072; P.R.China
    Tel/Fax: 0086-27-6875 2091 (O)

  • 6 cmcelwee // Aug 14, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    Dear Professor Qin, Thank you so much for the invitation to visit to Wuhan University’s RIEL. I am well acquainted with Wuhan’s great reputation in environmental law, and would love to visit some day.

    IN the meantime, if you are ever in Shanghai, please let me know. I would be happy to host you for a lunch or dinner.

    Thanks again for your kind message.

    Best regards,


  • 7 Tianbao Qin // Aug 27, 2009 at 11:14 am

    Dear Mr. Charlie McElwee,
    Thank you very much for your kind reply.
    I look forward to meeting you when I go to Shanghai in the near future.
    By the way, you may send message to me by email
    Keep in touch.

    Best regards,

  • 8 Alexandra Dunn // Sep 2, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    Great to find your blog. I’ll be following it as our China projects are growing. Looking forward to seeing you in Shanghai and Wuhan in Oct/Nov.
    Dean Dunn

  • 9 Heather // Sep 13, 2009 at 10:15 am

    Hi Charlie,

    I just stumbled across this site when doing some research. Just wish to thank you for creating it and putting the time in to regularly blog!! Like many others who have written I share a passion for the environment and China. Currently living and working at a National Nature Reserve in Shaanxi Province. If you heading out this way at all, would be great to meet.

    Keep up the good work!


  • 10 chinawhite // Nov 23, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    Great blog and great initiative.

    It is hard to take anything you say seriously and I would not hire you based on your ridiculous profile shot.

    Do you have something to hide like so many other lawyers who have run to Shanghai?

  • 11 cmcelwee // Nov 23, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    @chinawhite Where is the love, chinawhite? I admit the lighting’s a little bad, and perhaps the clothes are a bit over the top, but to criticize a personal photograph in such a manner seems to transgress the bounds of civil behavior.

    And yes, I do have something to hide, so please don’t tell a soul I run a blog with my name splashed all over the internet, will you?

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