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Tsinghua Law and Penn Law Panel on Legal and Policy Perspectives on Environmental Sustainability

Penn alumni in Beijing were invited to attend this interesting panel discussion professors from Penn and Tsinghua University. Following is a summary of the discussion.

Environmental sustainability requires legal solutions and poses legal challenges for both China and the United States. Environmental Law, at the international and national level, must play a central role. Broader questions of public international law, including treaty regimes, trade and state sovereignty¡ªand U.S. and PRC approaches to those issues¡ªare important as well. At the domestic level, nongovernmental organizations and other social groups play roles in shaping laws, including those that matter for sustainability. The laws that regulate their activities and the broader rule of law in both countries also affect the prospects for legal solutions to the problems of sustainability.

Professors participating in this discussion were Jacques DELISLE Stephen A. Cozen Professor of Law and Director of the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, Eric ORTS Guardsmark Professor; Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics and Management at the Wharton School; Director, Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership, Penn, Amy GADSDEN Associate Dean and Executive Director of International Programs University of Pennsylvania Law School, Chenguang WANG Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law, Tsinghua University. James Zhaojie LI Professor of International Law, Tsinghua University, Mingyuan WANG Associate Professor and Executive Director of the Center for Environmental, Natural Resources & Energy Law, Tsinghua University, Xijin JIA, Associate professor of School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University.

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