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For decades, the Elisabeth Haub School of Law has worked with Chinese law schools to initiate creative programs to further the advancement of environmental law.  We believe that enhanced communication among law students and scholars will prepare a new generation of environmental advocates in both China and the United States who can cooperate on transnational environmental and energy issues such as climate change, energy efficiency and renewable energy.  In addition, experience with US-Chinese environmentalism and energy policies will produce students who are ready to tackle the challenges of global environmental governance.

Our China Program is primarily built on the American arm of the Sino-American Center for Environmental Legal Education and Research (SACELER), a collaboration between the Elisabeth Haub School of Law and Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Law (SJTU). The mission of SACELER is to increase academic dialogue between China and the United States on topics related to environmental, energy, and land use law.

The Haub School maintains extensive relationships in China, including with our alumni, and has the ability to bring together  prominent environmental scholars from around the world to tackle challenges of environmental law and policy. The maintenance of memoranda of understanding (MOUs) with Wuhan University Law School, Southwest University of Political Science and Law, and SJTU is vital to the strength of our China Programs. These MOUs include provisions for scholarly collaboration and student and faculty exchanges.

University Relationships



Shanghai Jiao Tong is one of China’s oldest and most prestigious universities. SJTU also has a top environmental law program. Since 2000, Elisabeth Haub School of Law and SJTU have developed a robust relationship that serves as the cornerstone of the Pace China Programs. This partnership began with the creation of the Sino-American Center for Environmental Legal Education and Research (SACELER) in 2005.

Through this Center, Haub and SJTU faculty and students have collaborated on numerous research and other projects, including:

  • The world’s first English/Mandarin Environmental Law Terms Dictionary, compiled by Haub and SJTU faculty and students (Edward Elgar 2013). A Mandarin/English version is also in the works.
  • A major survey of U.S. statutory environmental laws in response to a research request to SJTU from China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection.  The Haub School provided this research to Professor Wang Xi, Director of SJTU’s Environmental and Resources Law Center.
  • Background materials, prepared by Dean Emeritus Richard Ottinger, to assist Professor Wang Xi with a renewable energy law research request from the municipal government of Shanghai.
  • Helping to organize - Professor Nicholas Robinson's and Dean Ottinger's efforts - the 2003 inaugural colloquium of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, which was held at SJTU
  • Haub faculty lectures at SJTU from Dean Ottinger, former graduate dean Mark Shulman, Professor Nicholas Robinson, Professor David Cassuto, and former environmental dean Alexandra Dunn

In 2014, the Haub School was privileged to host Wang Xi, Professor of Law, Associate Dean of the School of Law and Director of the Environment and Resources Institute, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. 

"Amendment of Environmental Protection Law of PRC (1989): Retrospect and Prospective"
Monday, November 3, 2014, 5:00 pm, Gerber Glass Moot Court Room

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Fulbright scholars Feng Jingru and Chen Yitong, along with their Dean Liu Huirong, came to the Haub School in 2011 to conduct research for their PhD dissertations, and contributed to the English/Chinese environmental dictionary project.



Professor Cao Mingde of the Environmental Law Program at Southwest University of Political Science and Law in Chongqing, China was a visiting professor at teh Haub School for a year and collaborated with Haub faculty in several research papers on China and US environmental policies. He also helped initiate the Haub MOU with Southwest University.

Former graduate dean Mark Shulman of the Haub School has lectured at Southwest University.



The Elisabeth Haub School of Lawmaintains a close relationship with Wuhan University School of Law. In 2007, former graduate dean Mark Shulman traveled to China with the New York City Bar Association to speak at a conference on international commercial law. In November 2009, a delegation of Haub Environmental Law faculty traveled to Wuhan University to present at the 2009 colloquium of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law on governance issues (discussed infra).  Dr. Zhang Wanhong of Wuhan Law School, who participated in drafting China’s first National Human Rights Action Plan 2009-2010, has been a welcome visitor at Pace.

Scholarly Involvement with China


In November 2009, Elisabeth Haub School of Law faculty conducted a workshop on environmental impact assessment (EIA) at SJTU.  The Haub School convened a top notch team to share in the full-day of presentations on U.S. EIA practice, including Professors Robert Percival of the University of Maryland, Linda Malone of William & Mary, and Lee Paddock of George Washington University.  A number of high level members of the Chinese MEP attended the workshop.


Following the SJTU workshop, Haub faculty presented at the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law’s ninth annual colloquium at Wuhan Law School on environmental governance and sustainability, preceded by a one-day workshop on biofuels at which Dean Emeritus Richard Ottinger presented. Dean Ottinger, Professor David Cassuto and Assistant Dean Alexandra Dunn presented at the governance colloquium, at which Haub law student Kavitha Mukund was also in attendance.


In 2009, the US EPA selected the Elisabeth Haub School of Law to join its China Environmental Law Initiative. Haub faculty and students will work with the EPA and other collaborating organizations to make legal information on China’s environment both accessible and current.  The goals of the initiative are to (1) share legal experience and expertise to improve China’s environmental health, including reduction of dependence on coal through energy efficiency and renewable energy; (2) share information useful to US entities with business or other stakes on how China addresses environmental issues; and (3) foster an ongoing dialogue on energy and environment law issues with China.


At the 2010 ABA Conference on Environmental Law held in Salt Lake City, Assistant Dean Alexandra Dunn moderated the breakout session on environmental law in China titled ”Environmental and Energy Law Practice in China.“ Dean Dunn lead a vigorous discussion with members of the All China Lawyers Association, practicing attorneys in China, and Chinese environmental law scholars. JD candidate Porter deVries prepared written materials for the session and LLM candidate Wu Qi assisted with the preparation and execution of the panel discussion.


  • Richard Ottinger, "Energy and Environmental Challenges for Developed & Developing  Countries," Keynote Address for the United Nations Meeting on Energy and Environment in the Development Process, Beijing, China, June 1991.
  • Nicholas A. Robinson, "Comparative Environmental Law," with Wang Xi. (Editor), Environmental Law (Social Science Research Institute, Beijing, 1998), in Chinese.
  • Richard Ottinger et al., “Energy for Sustainable Development,” and “Compendium of Sustainability Laws” (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 2003).
  • "The Law of Energy for Sustainable Development", Volume One of the Annals of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, Cambridge University Press (2004), Adrian Bradbrook Adelaide University, Rosemary Lyster Sydney University, Wang Xi, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Richard L. Ottinger, Pace University, eds.
  • Nicholas A. Robinson, “Enforcing Environmental Norms & the Earth Charter,” published in Chinese Journal, Modern Legal Science, Cao Mingde, Editor, Issue 1, 2004, in Chinese.
  • Nicholas A. Robinson, “Enforcing Environmental Norms: Diplomatic and Judicial Approaches,” 26 Hastings International and Comparative Law Review 387 (2003), reprinted with permission in Chinese in the Journal of Modern Legal Science (Cao Mingde, ed., Southwest University, 2004).
  • Mark R. Shulman, “Trade, Lawyers & the Rule of Law,” 10 Int’l L. Rev. Wuhan Univ. 90 (2008) (Also published in 2007 as a paper of the International Seminar on the Application & Interpretation of the CISG in Member States).
  • Mark R. Shulman & Lachmi Singh, “China’s Implementation of the UN Sales Convention Through Arbitral Tribunals,” 48, Issue 2 Col. J. Transnational L. 242 (2010).
  • Mark R. Shulman, et al., “Report of the Mission to China of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York,” 48, Issue 3 Col. J. Transnational L. 519 (2010).

Academic Exchanges


The Haub School has welcomed several post-graduate students from China, including Wu Qi for an environmental law LLM and Ming Gracie Zhao for a comparative legal studies LLM.


Haub law faculty members have lectured in China on numerous occasions. The following  Chinese environmental law scholars have lectured and/or researched at the Elisabeth Haub School of Lawl:

  • Cao Keliang, SJD Candidate, Wuhan University School of Law
  • Cao Mingde, Visiting Scholar, Professor of Southwest University of Political Science and Law
  • Chen Yitong, SJD Candidate, Ocean University
  • Feng Jingru, SJD Candidate, Ocean University
  • Hu Yuan, Visiting Scholar, SJD candidate, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • Liu Huirong, Dean of Ocean University
  • Wang Xi, Visiting Scholar, Professor and Director of the Environmental and Resource Law Institute at Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • Wang Xiaojun, Associate of Ningbo University
  • Xu Junke, Professor and Vice Dean of the China Foreign Affairs University
  • Xuan “Sabrina” Wang, Ottinger LLM Scholar, alumna of Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • Yang Huaguo, Visiting Scholar and SJD Candidate, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • Zhang Xiao Xuan, Ocean University
  • Zhao Baoqing, Visiting Scholar, Professor at the Department of Law and Political Science, North China Electric Power University
  • Zhu Daohua, Professor at Foshan University
  • Shi Hua, Professor at Tongji University School of Law


The most recent component of the Haub Law China Program is the Confucius Institute established at Pace University in Manhattan. The Confucius Institute integrates pedagogical, scholarly, and professional expertise in promoting the study of Chinese language and culture. The Law School’s shared interest in China makes the Confucius Institute a unique resource for collaboration. A joint project will explore ecology, Confucianism, and environmental law in China and the US.