Keyword: Public Interest Litigation

Public interest litigations a source of debate in CPPCC annual session

The annual session of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), China’s prime political advisory body, ended two weeks ago. In this year’s session, a number of CPPCC members made reference to the system of public interest litigations. According to China’s revised Environmental Protection Law, environmental organizations are currently allowed to bring public interest litigation against organizations or companies accused of causing pollution or environmental harm. Procuratorates also have the ability to file public interest lawsuits against any act that compromises public rights and interests in the fields of environmental protection and food and drug safety. Below we have summarized a few of the proposals by CPPCC members related to …read more

How does one Wrap up a 370 Million Yuan Environmental Public Interest Lawsuit?

How does one Wrap up a 370 Million Yuan Environmental Public Interest Lawsuit?

This article discusses the recent failure of an environmental public interest lawsuit initiated by two Chinese NGOs against some polluting companies in Changzhou, Jiangsu Province. There are fears that the ruling against the two NGOs, that will now be forced to pay heavy legal expenses, may discourage other such lawsuits in the future.