Through the program, VLS, SYSU, Renmin and CUPL faculty and students conduct research on practical approaches to ameliorating China’s extensive environmental problems. Past student and faculty research have been supported by the Lingnan Foundation and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Students are involved in yearlong collaborative research projects that pair VLS students with SYSU, Renmin or CUPL law students. VLS students travel to SYSU, Renmin and CUPL to present research results together with their SYSU, Renmin and CUPL counterparts and to expand their knowledge of China’s legal system and environmental laws.
Collaborative Research Projects 2014-2015
Rebecca Smith and Xiao Mingxin, Regulating CAFO's in the U.S. and China – A Comparison on the Laws that Protect Water Quality from Factory Farming
Kyle Sullivan and Yang Yunting, Application of International Transboundary Watercourse Law to the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna River Basin
Collaborative Research Projects 2013-2014
Andrew Homan and Ding Tingting, Making Aquaculture Accountable Through Third-Party Certification and Consumer Protection Law in the U.S. and China
Emma Hempstead and Zhu Jingyi, Sustainable Agriculture in China and the United States
Thomas Sheltra and Zhu Bingcheng, Pipelines or Pipedreams: Chinese Energy Security and an Assessment of Two Transnational Pipelines
Nancy Lin and Yang Qiyin, China's Plastic Bag Restriction Policy
Collaborative Research Projects 2012 - 2013
Abigail Barnes and Wei Cao, Muddy Waters: The Public Health Risks and Sustainability of Bottled Water in China
Robin Seila and Ding Tingting Toxic Tort Litigation: Principles of a Tort System Applied to China
Collaborative Research Projects 2011 - 2012
Brian Marshall and Dong Po Market-Based Solutions for Vehicle Emissions in the United States and China
Jeff Polubinski and Dong Xuemin A Comparison of the Public Participation Mechanisms in the Licensing of Nuclear Power Plants in China and the United States
Sara Imperiale and Wang Pianpian Waste Incineration, Community Participation, and Environmental Justice: A Comparative Study of China and the United States
Nat Green and Pan Qing, Where Willows Harmonize the Wind: China's Renewable Energy Law and its Role in Wind Power Development (Word doc)
Allison Cameron and Luo Wei, An Environmental Impact Assessment for Hydropower Development in China (Word doc)
Collaborative Research Projects 2010 - 2011
Inga Caldwell and Xinyu Wang, A Hidden Problem: China's Contaminated Site Soil Pollution Crisis
Allie Lipshutz Silverman and Chen Min, Is it a race? Promoting Green Jobs through Wind Energy: A Comparison of U.S. and China's Policies
Joshua Harvey and Yang Min The Unconventional Promise and Problems of Shale Gas Development in the U.S. and China: A Comparative Study
Collaborative Research Projects 2009 - 2010
Amy Driscoll and Wu Siheng Poverty or Poison? China's Dire Choice in an Electronic World
Patrick Munson and Zheng Ronghui Feeding the Dragon: Managing Chinese Resource Acquisition in Africa
Michael Rohwer and Chen Huizhen, Affordable, Reliable and Sustainable: A New Route for China's Renewable Energy Market
Joseph M. Starnes and Song Lina China's Green Glow: Gambling on Nuclear Power to Effectively and Efficiently Reduce Climate-Change Emissions
Collaborative Research Projects 2008-2009
Carolyn Aldreman, Cui Shidan, Du Qinghua, and Liu Yunhai, Guangzhou Emission Trading System Initial Study
Shannon Consentino-Roush, Wu Yingjun, Zhao Wenkang and Zhai Lingyan, Study on Critical Issues on Drinking Water Pollution and Prevention Control Legislation
Ashley Laney and Kang Siying Comparative Study on Sino-India Environmental Basic Law
Thomas Baker and Huang Xiaodi Comparative Study on Sino-US Environmental Law Enforcement
Anna Skubikowski and Deng Minzhen Comparative Study on Sino-US Franchise System to Operate Public Utilities
Collaborative Research Projects 2007 - 2008
Jack Sautter and Jeanne Li The Clean Development Mechanism in China: Assessing the Tension Between Development and Curbing Anthropogenic Climate Change [PUBLISHED AS: John A. Sautter, The Clean Development Mechanism in China: Assessing the Tension Between Development and Curbing Anthropogenic Climate Change, 27 Va. Envtl. L.J. 91 (2009).]
Timothy Riley and Huiyan Cai Unmasking Chinese Business Enterprises: Using Information Disclosure Laws to Enhance Public Participation in Corporate Environmental Decision Making, 33 Harvard Environmental Law Review 177 (2009).
Natalie Firestine and Wencui Luo Providing China's Expanding Industry With a Cleaner Energy Source: Fostering "Energy Efficiency" as the "First" Fuel Through Energy Service Contracting
Joshua Belcher and Huanyan Zhang Green Incentives in China's Enterprise Income Tax: China's Increasing Use of Market Mechanisms to Control Pollution
Camille Dalmacio and Fan Yang, The Progression of Property Rights with "Chinese Characteristics"
Collaborative Research Projects 2006 - 2007
Heather Jarvis and Wei Xu Comparative Analysis of Air Pollution Trading in the United States and China
Jesse L. Moorman and Zhang Ge Promoting and Strengthening Public Participation in China's Environmental Impact Assessment Process: Comparing China's EIA Law and U.S. NEPA, 8 Vermont Journal of Environmental Law 278 (2006–2007).
Martin Eng and Daisy Zhong Comparative Analysis of Environmental NGOs in the United States and China (2006).
Quoc Nguyen and Peng Ruoyu International Comparative Analysis on Environmental Dispute Resolution of the Wengyuan Cancer Villages (2007).
Linda Tsang and Qingfeng Yang, This Land Is Your Land, This Land Is My Land: Remedies for China’s Polluted Land and Soil (2007).
Li Zhiping Protection of Peasants' Environmental Rights During Social Transition: Rural Regions in Guangdong Province, 8 Vermont Journal of Environmental Law 338 (2006–2007).