Yanmei Lin is an Associate Professor of Law at Vermont Law School (VLS) and Associate Director of the U.S.-Asia Partnerships for Environmental Law at VLS. Her research and programmatic work focus on the rule of law development in China’s environmental governance. She has led the development and the implementation of Partnership for Environmental Justice Project which supported the establishment a new Environment and Biodiversity Law Clinic in Yunnan Province to provide legal aid services to NGOs and vulnerable communities. She also supported the design and implementation of environmental law judicial training programs for Chinese judges and lawyers. She is the author of over 30 academic articles both in Chinese and English in the area of comparative environmental law such as environmental public interest litigation, citizen suits, wetland protection and the access and benefit sharing of genetical resources and traditional knowledge.
Before she joined Vermont Law School in October 2010, Yanmei was a program officer for American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative’s China program and a researcher for China Institute of Environment and Resources Protection in Minority Areas at the Central University for Nationalities. She holds a B.A. and Master of Laws from Fudan University and an LL.M. from New York University School of Law. She has a Ph.D. in Environmental and Resources Law from China University of Political Science and Law.
"A Perfect Storm: How China's Taizhou Case Marks the Beginning of a New Wave of Environmental Enforcement" (with Amy Pickering), Impact of Environmental Law, Edward Elgar (EE) Publications (2020).
“Rules and Practices of Citizen Suits Settlement: Lesson from the United States”, Review of Public Interest Litigation in Environmental Protection, edited by Li Dun, Legal Press (November 2018).
LIN Yanmei “International Perspectives: Citizen Suits in the U.S.”, Environmental Public Interest Litigation Annual Observation Report, Li Dun(eds.), Law Press, China (October, 2016)
"Overview of Ecology Law Scholarship in the United States," Ecology Law Review, Chinese Academy of Social Science, Law Press (2020).
"Waterkeepers' Environmental Public Interest Litigation Actions to Restore Watershed Health," Journal of Chinese Prosecutors (2020).
“Environmental Mission Scholars Program: Fostering Next Generation of Environmental Public Interest Law Practitioners” China’s Environmental Law Education and Innovation in Practical Training (June 2019)
“A Perfect Storm: How China’s Taizhou Case Marks the Beginning of a New Wave of Environmental Enforcement” (with Amy Pickering), Environmental Story around the World, the Proceedings of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law 15th Colloquium (University of Cebu Philippines, Edward Elgar) (May 2020).
"U.S-China Comparative Study on Environmental Public Interest Litigation Practices," Journal of Social Governance, February 15, 2018
Article, "Comparative Study on U.S. China Environmental Public Interest Litigation Practice," Journal of Social Governance in China, December 2017.
“Environmental and Biodiversity Law Clinic at Southwest Forestry University: A New Environmental Law Clinic Model in China”, Vermont Journal of Environmental Law, October 2016.
“Environmental Civil Public Interest Litigation: Empowering Chinese Environmental NGOs to Fight against Pollution” (with Hu Shaobo), China Environmental Series 13, (2016)
LIN Yanmei , An Analysis on the Implementation Effects of India's Access and Benefit Sharing Regime on Biological Resources and Relevant Traditional Knowledge, Journal of Guizhou Normal University (Social Science), 2015, No.192(01) 98-103
LIN Yanmei, Comparative Study on Comprehensive and Centralized Jurisdiction Model of Specialized Environmental Courts and Tribunals, Journal of China University of Political Science and Law, Issue 1, 2015: 62-71
LIN Yanmei and CHENG Gong, India’s Legal Regime on Access to and Benefits Sharing of Genetic Resources and Traditional Knowledge, Journal of Guizhou Social Science, Issue 10, 2014: 87-91
LIN Yanmei and Natalie Wong, “Alternative Form of Environmental Contention in China: the Case of Zero Waste Alliance,” conference proceedings of Modes of activism under authoritarian governance regimes in the Asia-Pacific, Sydney, Australia, November 14–15, 2019.
LIN Yanmei, “Waterkeepers’ EPIL Actions to Restore Watershed Health,” Journal of Chinese Prosecutors, August 2019.
LIN Yanmei Abstract, "A Perfect Storm: How the Taizhou Case Marks the Beginning of a New Wave of Environmental Enforcement in China" (with Amy Pickering), IUCN Academy of Environmental Law 15th Annual Colloquium (29 May - 2 June 2017).
LIN Yanmei , Ma Rongzhen, Ge Feng Where the Compensation Fund Comes from in the Environmental Public Interest Litigation? How to Manage the Fund? China Environment, Issue 2, 2017, February 20, 2017
LIN Yanmei, “International Perspectives: Citizen Suits in the U.S.,” in Environmental Public Interest Litigation Annual Observation Report in China, Li Dun, Legal Press, (December, 2016).
LIN Yanmei “Environmental and Biodiversity Law Clinic at Southwest Forestry University: A New Environmental Law Clinic Model in China,” 18 Vt. J. Envtl. L. 19, (Winter 2016).
LIN Yanmei and Yin Hong “Digital Environment and Public Participation in China” (with Yin Hong), Southeast Academy Research 2016, No.254 (04) 95-100
LIN Yanmei, Wang Xiaoxi, Environmental Public Interest Litigation Back to the Beginning in 2013, Annual Report on Environment Development of China (2014), Social Science Academic Press, May, 2014, 146, Brill Press 2015
LIN Yanmei, Case Analysis of Interfaith Community Organization, et al., v. Honeywell International, Inc., et al, Review of Public Interest Litigation In Environmental Protection, Li Dun, Legal Press, December, 2016, 361-365
LIN Yanmei, CHEN Yue, China’s New National Rules on Wetland Protection, IUCN Academy of Environmental Law E-Journal, Issue 5: 2014, 117
LIN Yanmei and Jack Tuholske, Green NGOs Win China's First Environmental Public Interest Litigation: The Nanping Case, Environmental Law Reporter, December, 2016.
WANG Canfa, LIN Yanmei, Improve and Perfect China’s Government Environmental Information Disclosure System, Administration Reform, Issue 6: 2014, July, 2014
LIN Yanmei, Hudson River Keeper’s Environmental Public Interest Litigation, Review of Public Interest Litigation In Environmental Protection , Li Dun, Legal Press, December, 2016, 365-370
LIN Yanmei and Jiaru Hou, Toxic Release Inventory: US Lessons and Experiences for China, Journal of Ocean University of China (Social Sciences Edition), Issue No. 1, 2014
“Forging Partnerships and Fostering Wisdom: Dynamics of Environmental NGO Networks in Advocating Sustainable Municipal Solid Waste Management in China,” 11th Annual Colloquium on Environmental Scholarship, Vermont Law School, (September 26, 2020).
“Observations on the Difference of Legal Reasoning in the U.S. and China,” a presentation to LL.M students from Tsinghua-Temple LL.M Program in Beijing, China, November 25, 2019.
Presenter, “Watershed Judiciary and Ecological Restoration,” 5th Ecological Co-Governance Symposium, sponsored by Environmental Law Branch of China Society of Environmental Science, Fuzhou, China, November 9, 2019.
Presenter, “Environmental Public Participation and Public Interest Legal Service under the New Environmental Protection Law,” at the Environmental Information Disclosure and Public Participation Symposium, sponsored by Fujian Green Home, Fuzhou, China, November 7–8, 2019.
Commentator, “Simulations of Multi-stakeholders Negotiation and Mediation for the Protecting Endanger Species Habitats” at the Boot Comp for Public Participation in Biodiversity Conservation, sponsored by Friends of Nature, June 25, 2019.
Panelist, “Young Scholars’ Perspectives on Environmental Public Interest Litigation” at 2nd Annual Environmental Disputes Resolution Conference, Sponsored by the China Society of Environmental Law, and Tianjing University School of Law, June 16, 2019
Presenter, “Restore to the Origin or Design for the Future: The Frontier of China’s Environmental Public Interest Litigation” for Flinn Scholars, Arizona State University, CIEE College Study Abroad Beijing Program, June 3, 2019.
Presenter, Environmental Mission Scholars Program and the Trend of Environmental Clinical Education, Fuzhou Normal University Fuqing Branch, China, March 7, 2019.
Facilitator, "Environmental Rule of Law and Water Sources Protection," Multiple Sources - More Players and More Solutions to Protect Water Sources, Guiyang, Guizhou Province, China, January 5, 2019.
Presenter, "Exploring the Role of Problem-based Service Learning in Environmental Law Education" China Environmental Science Society Environmental Law Branch Annual Conference, Beijing, China, December 9, 2018.
Presenter, “Environmental Mission Scholars Program: Fostering Next Generation of Environmental Public Interest Law Practitioners,” Conference on Environmental Law Education and Innovation in Practical Training, Renmin University of China, November 16, 2018.
Presenter, “Onondaga Lake: From Pollution to Restoration- a Successful Case Study for Reference to China’s Ecological Damages Compensation System,” Symposium on Ecological Environmental Damages Procedures, sponsored by Supreme People’s Court’s Practical Base and Tianjing University School of Law, November 10, 2018.
“Overview of U.S. Environmental Legislation and Key Environmental Statues” Environmental Defense Fund China Program, October 13, 2018.
“Restore to the Origin or Design for the Future: Case Discussion of the Ecological Destruction Public Interest Litigation”, Duke Kunshan University, September 10, 2018.
"Where the Compensation Fund Comes from in the Environmental Public Interest Litigation? How to manage the fund?" (With Ma Rongzhen & Ge Feng), China Environment, Issue 2 (February 20, 2017)
Presentation to the delegation from Union College for the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) in Beijing on June 28, 2016.
"Adaptive Law to Foster Resilience of Lashihai Watershed" and "Improving enforcement or compensating environmental damages: An analysis of china's civil environmental public interest litigation from a comparative perspective" at Environmental Law on Three Continents – A Research Conference on Comparative Environmental Law in China, USA and EU in Uppsala, Sweden, 25-28 August 2015
"From Basics to Legal Frontiers: Introduction to Environmental Legal Litigation in China?" Faculty Development Seminars in China, International Faculty Development Seminars (IFDS), June 4, 2015
Awards & Accomplishments
"A Perfect Storm: How the Taizhou Case Marks the Beginning of a New Wave of Environmental Enforcement in China" (with Amy Pickering) was submitted and accepted to IUCN Academy of Environmental Law 15th Annual Colloquium (29 May - 2 June 2017).
Environmental Civil Public Interest Litigation in Review, NGO and Lawyer Capacity Building Workshop in Beijing, April 11, 2015