CDB Reports

Public Interest Litigation


Consumer Public Interest Litigations Struggle to get off the Ground

China's Consumers Associations are now allowed to initiate public interest litigations to defend consumer rights. In practice however this has proved to be less than ideal as an instrument to protect consumers. This translated article analyses the situation and argues in favour of allowing a wider range of non-profits to start such litigations.

Public interest litigations a source of debate in CPPCC annual session

The annual session of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), China’s prime political advisory body, ended two weeks ago. In this year’s session, a number of CPPCC members made reference to the system of public interest litigations. According to…

How does one Wrap up a 370 Million Yuan Environmental Public Interest Lawsuit?

This article discusses the recent failure of an environmental public interest lawsuit initiated by two Chinese NGOs against some polluting companies in Changzhou, Jiangsu Province. There are fears that the ruling against the two NGOs, that will now be forced to pay heavy legal expenses, may discourage other such lawsuits in the future.