AmCham Special Event
China continues to face some of the most severe environmental challenges in the world. It accounts for more than a third of global greenhouse gas emissions. Air pollution causes more than 1.2 million premature deaths a year. Water, soil, critical habitats, and natural resources all remain under tremendous pressure. Join Professor Alex L. Wang from UCLA School of Law (Los Angeles) for a discussion of China’s current efforts to address the country’s severe environmental challenges. What is China’s approach? How has it changed over the years? How does it differ from regulation in other parts of the world? Has Chinese regulation been effective? What is the role of citizens, NGOs, lawyers? How have foreign companies been affected?
About the Speaker
Professor, Law at UCLA School of Law
Alex Wang is Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law, and a leading expert on environmental regulation and the law and politics of China. His research focuses on the social effects of law, and the interaction of law and institutions in China and the United States. His previous research has examined, among other things, the institutional design of environmental law and policy, environmental bureaucracy, public interest litigation, information disclosure, and environmental courts. His work has addressed air pollution, climate change, and other environmental issues. At UCLA, he teaches courses in Chinese law, environmental law, and torts. He has been a visiting assistant professor at UC Berkeley School of Law.
Prior to 2011, Prof. Wang was a senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) based in Beijing and the founding director of NRDC’s China Environmental Law & Governance Project. He helped to establish NRDC’s Beijing office in 2006. He was a Fulbright Fellow to China from 2004-05.
Prof. Wang holds a J.D. from NYU School of Law and earned his B.S. in Biology with distinction from Duke University. He is a member and former fellow (2008-10) of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, as well as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Advisory Board to the Asia Society’s Center on U.S.-China Relations. He is a regular speaker on issues related to China and environmental protection. His commentary on Chinese law and environment has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, and other outlets.
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