Sustainable Development Law in China

12 January 2012



Sustainable Development Law in China provides an introduction to the legal and institutional framework of environmental law and policy in China. It analyses Chinese environmental law and policy from jurisprudential and comparative law perspectives.

Field trips include visits to the Three Gorges Dam and Zhong Xiang, a World Heritage site of the Imperial Tombs of the Ming and Qing Dynasties in China, as part of this 2012 offshore unit of study. Professor Qin Tianbao, Research Institute for Environmental Law, Wuhan University and Mr. Hu Bin, the administrator of the Research Institute will lead the teaching and fields trips together with Emeritus Professor Ben Boer.

Conducted between 9 and 20 July 2012, the unit is taught by Chinese academics drawn from Wuhan University and specialists from other Chinese universities, with comparative lectures and commentary are provided by the Australian academics. "Candidates are given an introduction to Chinese law and the Chinese legal system before embarking on an intensive series of lectures on the major areas of Chinese environmental law. Prior to departure, there will be an introductory session at Sydney Law School.

The Coordinator of the programme, Emeritus Professor Ben Boer states, "The unit will take place on the campus of Wuhan University, China and on field trip locations. Sydney Law School has been conducting Sustainable Development Law in China every two years since 1995. The Research Institute of Environmental Law is the oldest and most widely known of its kind in China. Like the Australian Centre for Climate and Environmental Law, it was one of the founding members of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law. Wuhan, now a bustling city of over 9 million people, lies in the heart of China on the banks of the Yangtze River. Students in the Unit of Study usually also take the opportunity to travel in China at the beginning or end at the end of the program."

The Unit is available to postgraduate students, cross-institutional students both from Australia and overseas, as well as to non-degree and continuing legal education. In 2012, the unit is also be available to LLB and JD students for the first time. The links to the various programs are as follows:

Or application on a Cross-Institutional basis.

For further enquiries or to apply or enrol, please contact Sonya Chater, the Offshore Unit of Study Coordinator, Faculty of Law, at phone (+61 2) 9351 0275

LLB and JD students, please contact the Professional Law Degree Team for further information on enrolment and assessment information -

For enquiries on local accommodation, meals and transport fees, please contact Emeritus Professor Ben Boer

Contact: Greg Sherington

Phone: +61 2 9351 0202

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