China, People's Republic of

  • A group photo of the participants at a field trip during the Beijing In-Country Training held from 17-21 October 2016.

Extent of Environmental Law Teaching

(Preliminary Findings)

 
350/624
Law schools that teach environmental law courses
300
Estimated number of scholars actively teaching environmental law
Compulsory
Environmental Law is required for the basic law degree
LLB, LLM, and PhD
Degrees required to teach environmental law
 

Although the PRC Ministry of Education has added environmental law to the core course of the major law degree studies, only about 350 of the total 624 law schools provide environmental law courses for the basic law degree and only about 50 of them provide environmental law courses for postgraduate studies. This shows a gap of law schools not complying with the compulsory requirement of the Ministry of Education on environmental law education.

From the returned surveys, a large number of them indicated that there is a lack of law professors/lecturers who can teach environmental law often and the shortage often results in environmental law courses being taught by teachers conducting research in other disciplines of law.