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The complete collection of articles and abstracts for the Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal is available in the Marian Gould Gallagher Law Library digital archives.

Volume 17  |  Issue 3  |  June 2008

Japan and the Moneylenders—Activist Courts and Substantive Justice

Andrew M. Pardieck
17 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 529

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Access to Justice for the Poor: The Singapore Judiciary at Work

Gary Chan Kok Yew
17 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 595

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Korean Divorce Law on Claims for Property Division: Dividing Retirement Allowance in Divorce

Faye Y. Park
17 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 649

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The End of the Viarsa Saga and the Legality of Australia's Vessel Forfeiture Penalty for Illegal Fishing in Its Exclusive Economic Zone

Laurence Blakely
17 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 677

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Protecting Egg Donors and Human Embryos—The Failure of the South Korean Bioethics and Biosafety Act

Mukta Jhalani
17 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 707

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As a Negative Right, Article 25 Can Have a Positive Effect Combating Japan’s Poverty

Amelia S. Kegan
17 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 735

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The Need for Effective Licensure Laws for Mid-Level Health Care Providers in Countries Facing Chronic Physician Shortages: A Case Study of the Marshall Islands’ Health Assistants

Jeffrey P. Lane
17 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 767

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"Pollute First, Control Later" No More: Combating Environmental Degradation in China Through an Approach Based in Public Interest Litigation and Public Participation

Christine J. Lee
17 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 795

Abstract: As China continues to face severe environmental degradation as a side effect of torrid economic growth and rise in population, the Chinese government has promulgated numerous environmental laws over the past few decades to address this critical issue. The efficacy of these laws, however, has been highly questionable. Although the laws themselves--modeled substantially on United States and European environmental laws--are relatively complete and comprehensive, difficulties in implementation and particularly enforcement have led to the continued deterioration of China's environment. These failures in implementation and enforcement of environmental laws emerge from numerous factors, most notably from the decentralized structure of China's environmental protection agency, from China's underdeveloped legal system, and from the country's insistent prioritization of continued economic growth over environmental protection.

These factors constitute significant obstacles to effective environmental protection, but approaches based in public interest litigation and public participation currently provide the most viable methods for increasing the efficacy of Chinese environmental laws. Accordingly, an approach that incorporates both public participation and public interest litigation, similar to the qui tam system used in the United States, may prove especially effective in bolstering Chinese environmental protection. In essence, qui tam actions combine both citizen assistance and government-led litigation to prosecute wrongdoings. Under such a system that combines elements of public participation with government-led public interest litigation, China's central government will have the authority to prosecute civil environmental lawsuits filed by private citizens on behalf of the government, thereby creating a potentially powerful tool for Chinese environmental protection.

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Volume 17  |  Issue 2  |  March 2008

The Representative Power of the Shareholders' General Meeting Under Chinese Law

Charles Zhen Qu
17 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 295

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The Territory Federal Jurisdiction Forgot: The Question of Greater Federal Jurisdiction in American Samoa

Michael W. Weaver
17 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 325

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Granting Permanent Resident Aliens the Right to Vote in Local Government: The New Komeito Continues to Promote Alien Suffrage in Japan

Miles E. Hawks
17 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 369

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Picking Up On What's Going Underground: Australia Should Exempt Carbon Capture and Geo-Sequestration from Part IIIA of the Trade Practices Act

Adam M. Andrews
17 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 407

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Counterfeit Pharmaceuticals in China: Could Changes Bring Stronger Protection for Intellectual Property Rights and Human Health?

Dina M. Bronshtein
17 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 439

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Australia's Northern Territory Emergency Response Act: Addressing Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Inequities at the Expense of International Human Rights?

Jenna Gruenstein
17 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 467

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Making Good on the Promise of International Law: The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Inclusive Education in China and India

Vanessa Torres Hernandez
17 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 497

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Volume 17  |  Issue 1  |  January 2008

Money for Nothing: Your Crises for Free? A Comparative Analysis of Consumer Credit Policies in Post-1997 South Korea and Thailand

Jasper Kim and Kemavit Bhangananda
17 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 1

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Tipping the Scale to Bring a Balanced Approach: Evidence Disclosure in Chinese International Arbitration

Bryant Yuan Fu Yang and Diane Chen Dai
17 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 41

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Geographical Indications in China: Why Protect GIS with Both Trademark Law and AOC-Type Legislation?

Bradley M. Bashaw
17 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 73

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Reconciliation in the Wake of Tragedy: Cambodia's Extraordinary Chambers Undermines the Cambodian Constitution

Tessa V. Capeloto
17 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 103

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Common Ground in the Sky: Extending the 1967 Outer Space Treaty to Reconcile U.S. and Chinese Security Interests

Alex B. Englehart
17 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 133

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Toward a Legislative Solution to the Growing HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Russia: A Case for Expanded Health Privacy

Carrie C. Gage
17 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 157

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Vietnam's Decree on Microfinance: A Flawed Attempt to Create an Enabling Legal Environment for Microfinance

Elin M. King
17 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 187

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The Human Rights Costs of China's Arms Sales to Sudan - A Violation of International Law on Two Fronts

Stephanie L. Kotecki
17 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 209

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Women's Land Rights in Rural China: Transforming Existing Laws into a Source of Property Rights

H. Ray Liaw
17 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 237

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Litigating Labor Rights Across a Militarized Zone: The South Korean Constitutional Court as a Forum to Address Labor Violations in North Korea's Kaesong Special Economic Zone

Lavanga V. Wijekoon
17 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 265

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