US EPA Trains Chinese Judges on Environmental Adjudication

On November 8-10, 2011, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) worked with Vermont Law School to conduct a judicial training in Kunming, China in collaboration with the China University of Political Science and Law, the Center for Legal Assistance to Pollution Victims, and the Humanities College of Southwest University of Forestry located in Kunming. Approximately 30 judges from three provinces (Yunnan, Hainan, and Guizhou) participated in the training.

The Kunming pilot training was the latest step in a multi-year effort by EPA and VLS to improve court capacity in China to adjudicate environmental cases. In June, 2011, EPA and VLS held a two-day planning meeting in Beijing to solicit comments and contribution from a team of Chinese scholars and senior environmental court judges on a draft judicial training curriculum that EPA previously piloted in Wuhan, China in 2009 and has used in other countries working to improve court adjudication of environmental cases.