Asian Law Centre Brown Bag Seminar - "Water Pollution in China: Can Law Turn the Tide?"
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Ms Rebecca Nelson, Lawyer, Blake Dawson Waldron
Despite abundant and comprehensive legislation in relation
to water pollution, most of China's large rivers and lakes
are seriously polluted. Water pollution poses a threat to
China's social stability and environmental integrity, and is
estimated to cause economic losses amounting to 1.7% of
China's GDP. It also threatens international trade,
including with Australia. These risks are increasingly
troubling to China's central government, multinational
businesses and the Chinese public. They also increasingly
attract international attention.
This presentation will explore the role of law in addressing
water pollution in China. First, it will focus on some of
the challenges facing government enforcement of water
pollution laws. Secondly, it will examine the role that
public litigation can play in complementing government
enforcement efforts. Finally, it will look at the role that
multinational businesses can play in encouraging
compliance with water pollution laws - both through
unorthodox alliances with NGOs and through more
conventional business groups. It is suggested that this
involvement by the public and the foreign business
community can simultaneously benefit these groups and
vitally supplement direct government enforcement of
water pollution laws.
Rebecca Nelson is a lawyer in the Melbourne office of
Blake Dawson Waldron, specialising in environmental
law, water law and native title. She is also a participant
in the University of Melbourne's Asialink Leaders
Program. Rebecca graduated from the University of
Melbourne in 2005 with degrees in Law (First Class
Honours) and Environmental Engineering (First Class
Honours). She has been a sessional lecturer in
postgraduate Water Law at the University of
Rebecca has published several articles on environmental,
water and biodiversity law in the Melbourne Journal of
International Law, the Environmental and Planning Law
Journal and the Asian Pacific Journal of Law and
Room 224, Level 2
Melbourne Law School 185 Pelham Street, Carlton
Asian Law Centre
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