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China’s Air Pollution Rules: Compliance and Enforcement Lessons From Global Good Practices PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kenneth Markowitz   
Monday, 14 November 2016 12:27

In recent years, air pollution issues have received unprecedented public attention in China. Partly for this reason, the Chinese government has made significant efforts toward reducing air pollution. However, compliance and enforcement will be key to cleaning up the air in China and around the globe.

This Article, published in the November 2016 edition of The Environmental Law Reporter, discusses seven specific challenges to achieving effective compliance with and enforcement of the air pollution rules in China. In this regard, global good practices can be useful references for the Chinese government and other stakeholders. Yet such discussions and considerations are only truly useful when viewed and considered within the context of China’s unique rulemaking and governance systems, as well as its cultural background.

Download the article here.

Xiaopu Sun is a Law Fellow at the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development in Washington, D.C. Kenneth J. Markowitz, an attorney, is the President of Earthpace LLC and the Senior Clean Energy and Environmental Consultant with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld. Durwood Zaelke is the founder and President of the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development in Washington, D.C., and co-founder and co-director of the Program on Governance for Sustainable Development at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, University of California, Santa Barbara. Jin Wang is a Professor at Peking University Law School in Beijing, China.

Ken to Participate in Panel on Post-Paris Opportunities PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Administrator   
Monday, 01 February 2016 21:53

On Saturday, February 13, at 12:30 pm, Ken Markowitz, who is an adjunct professor at American University Washington College of Law, will participate as a panelist in a discussion on "Climate Change, Energy & Environment: Strategies and Opportunities in a Post-Paris World." The session will explore emerging domestic and international trends that affect the practice of law in the field of energy and the environment. The discussion will emphasize the impacts of the Paris climate negotiations and President Obama’s domestic climate action plan on the future regulation of energy and the environment.


The panel will be held as part of a series of events around AU WCL's Ribbon Cutting ceremony, whcih will take place on Friday, February 12, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. The event will bring together alumni, city officials, students, and members of the law school and AU communities. American University Washington College of Law Dean Claudio Grossman and AU President Neil Kerwin will be joined by U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who will give the keynote address.


The ribbon cutting takes place just over one week after the 120th anniversary of the Feb. 1, 1896, founding of the Washington College of Law.

The Importance of the Judiciary in Environmental Compliance and Enforcement PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Gunnar Baldwin   
Thursday, 10 May 2012 15:59

Earthpace president Ken Markowitz co-authored an article that appears in the latest edition of the Pace Environmental Law Review. The article focuses on environmental courts and tribunals, and specifically on how these institutions improve access to justice and environmental protection.

The Importance of the Judiciary in Environmental Compliance and Enforcement, co-authored by INECE co-founder Jo Gerardu, explores the central role that the judiciary plays in enforcing environmental law and in promoting sustainable development; reviews the international mandates for enforcement and compliance cooperation, describes ways in which the judiciary participates in realizing a sustainable future, focuses on environmental tribunals, and evaluates channels for the judiciary to cooperate at a global level through trans-governmental networks.

Other articles in the Journal include Ensuring Access to Justice Through Environmental Courts by Nicholas A. Robinson, Environmental Courts and Tribunals: The Case of Kenya by INECE Executive Planning Committee member Donald W. Kaniaru, and Brazil’s Green Court: Environmental Law in the Superior Tribunal de Justiça (High Court of Brazil) by Nicholas S. Bryner. Additionally, the Journal includes the transcript of a speech given by INECE Executive Planning Committee Co-chair Justice Antonio Herman Benjamin, We, the Judges, and the Environment, delivered at the International Symposium on Environmental Courts and Tribunals, hosted by Pace Law School and the International Judicial Institute for Environmental Adjudication (IJIEA), on April 1, 2011, in White Plains, New York.