China Going Forward

Feb. 20, 9:00 am, Weinmann Hall, Room 251

As China consumes ever-more fossil fuel, the government has begun to take stricter action to combat the environmental impacts of this growth. Experts debate how effective these new regulations have been and comment on potential future developments.

CLE: Prospect for Environmental Law in China

Joseph Dellapenna, Professor of Law, Villanova University;

Joe DellapennaJoseph W. Dellapenna, a Professor of Law at Villanova Uninversity, has taught at law schools in the United States and abroad for 47 years. He has been a Fulbright Senior Professor three times: in the People’s Republic of China (in 1987-1988), on Taiwan (in 1978-1979), and in Portugal (in 1990). Professor Dellapenna’s teaching interests have centered on international and comparative law, contracts and commercial law, and environmental law, having taught courses he has taught are Admiralty, Chinese Law, Commercial Transactions, Comparative Law, Conflicts of Law, Contracts, International Trade Law, Managing the Water Environment, Public International Law, Remedies, Secured Transactions, and Transna¬tional Litigation. He has worked on numerous transnational litigation cases, and extensively on problems of national and international water law. Professor Dellapenna has served as the Director of the Model Water Code Project of the American Society of Civil Engineers since 1995, and as Rapporteur of the Water Resources Committee of the International Law Association from 1997 until 2004. In the former capacity, he led the drafting of the Regulated Riparian Model Water Code and of the Appropriative Rights Model Water Code. In the latter capacity, he led the drafting of the Berlin Rules on Water Resources, a modernization of the Helsinki Rules, a basic document of international water law.   Professor Dellapenna received a B.B.A. with Distinction from the University of Michigan in 1965, a J.D. cum laude from the Detroit College of Law in 1968, an LL.M. in Public International and Comparative Law from the George Washington University in 1969, and an LL.M. (in Environmental Law) from Columbia University in 1974. In addition to Villanova, he has also been a member of the faculty of the University of Cincinnati and of Willamette University, and a visiting professor at the Detroit College of Law, George Washington University, Ohio State University.


Han Chen, International Climate Advocate, Natural Resources Defense Council;

Han ChenHan Chen helps implement NRDC’s strategy to address climate change at the international level and in key countries around the world including the United States, India, China, Canada, and myriad Latin American nations. This work includes engagement in UNFCCC climate negotiations and other venues for international climate action. Prior to joining NRDC, Chen was a researcher at the Brookings Institution. She holds a bachelor’s degree in international studies from American University and a master’s degree in international development from Beijing’s Tsinghua University. She is based in NRDC’s Washington, D.C. Office.


Hao Jiang (moderator), Shanggong & Partners LLP, Whitehead Law Firm

Mr. Jiang is of counsel with Shanggong & Partners LLP in Beijing and Whitehead Law Firm in Louisiana. He is also an SJD candidate (exp. Feb,2016) at Tulane and an incoming visiting research fellow at Max Planck Institute for comparative and private international law in Germany. He has held visiting professorships at University of Paris II and University of Trieste teaching comparative and Chinese law courses with a focus on contract and commercial laws.




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