Law & the Environmental Movement in China

Jingjing Zhang (Center for Legal Assistance to Pollution Victims in China)
Thursday, May 21, 2009 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
110 Kane Hall

Committed to justice and strengthening the rule of law, Jingjing Zhang is one of China's leading public interest lawyers. An outspoken environmental advocate, she represents pollution victims in law suits and promotes public participation by helping communities organize public hearings on environmental rights and licensing processes. She has won milestone cases in the Chinese courts, including the first successful environmental class action suit in China, against a chemical company that discharged toxic substances in Fujian Province. Zhang participated in a landmark suit against the Beijing Municipal Commission of Urban Planning and the Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau; after the first-ever public hearing related to environment issues, she represented the community to sue the two government agencies. She has been featured frequently in the international media for her pioneering work in public interest law.