In the past few years, China’s environmental policies, legislation, administrative law enforcement and supervision, as well as judicial environment, have been going through dramatic changes. This presents new challenges to enterprises that invest in or operate projects in China.
Ms. Annie Zhu (朱海婴律师) from Hylands Law Firm will provide an overview of the environmental regulatory framework and look at major practical issues. We will see how enterprises' obligations concerning pollution prevention and control have been increased significantly and so have the costs of environmental violations. On one hand, enterprises face more serious liabilities. On the other hand, environmental regulatory enforcement has been strengthened by supervision measures such as public reports and complaints, the central government's supervision of environmental protection and vertical administrative environmental management.
Ms. Annie Zhu will discuss enterprise’s environmental risk control and emergency response thereunder, including:
- Enterprises' obligations concerning pollution prevention.
- Serious liabilities for environmental violations, such as strict administrative penalties, large-value public interest litigation brought by NGOs (non-governmental organizations) or prosecution, and even possible criminal punishments.
- Emergency response on environmental violation situation, e.g. engage lawyers as agents or consultants when the company is subject to environmental administrative penalties and environmental litigation, etc.
The workshop will be held in Chinese
and participants active in legal and other relevant fields are welcomed to raise questions and share the experience.