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Functions of law in the sustainable development of China and a model for environmental legislation

Werner Hans Keller (Department of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, University of Windsor, Odette School of Business, Ontario, Canada)
Xia Zhang (Department of Law, Chongqing Technology and Business University, Chongqing, China)

European Business Review

ISSN: 0955-534X

Article publication date: 12 June 2017




This paper aims to present a discussion to stimulate interest in further research by highlighting aspects of Ontario’s Environmental Bill of Rights and exploring whether parts can be transplanted to improve sustainability in China.


In this paper, the authors trace the evolution of environmental law in China after 1978, identify increased citizen participation as a path to improvement and provide an overview of purposes and means in Ontario’s Environmental Bill of Rights which may be a model to consider.


Ontario’s Environmental Bill of Rights may have aspects to be added to China’s legal toolbox warranting further research.

Research limitations/implications

While this descriptive review identifies possibilities, further work is required to apply legal concepts from one jurisdiction to another. Context and details of implementation warrant further attention.


This paper provides a platform from which further more detailed research may advance sustainability in China by considering a legal framework used by others to integrate the development of society, economy and environment.



Keller, W.H. and Zhang, X. (2017), "Functions of law in the sustainable development of China and a model for environmental legislation", European Business Review, Vol. 29 No. 4, pp. 440-456.



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