The 5th Biennial Environmental Law Program Spring Break in China Trip took place March 10, 2016 – March 20, 2016. A group of 16 students, alumni and professors took a three city tour (Beijing, Xian and Shanghai) with Dean Tobin and Admissions Director Katrin Hussman making several guest appearances with our group along the way. The highlights of the trip included:
· Visiting the Center for Legal Assistance to Pollution Victims started by Wang Canfa, who Time magazine named one of the "Global Heroes for the Environment.”
· Touring the Forbidden City, Great Wall and the Terracotta Warriors archeological site (all UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites).
· Attending presentations at the Environmental Defense Fund's and the National Resource Defense Council’s Beijing offices.
· Enjoying a Maryland Law reception with Dean Tobin where we met with U.S. students studying abroad and heard from Zhenxi Zhong, the head of Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots office in Shanghai and environmental law professors Zhao Huiyu and Dan Guttman.
· Participating in Shanghai Jiaotong University's KoGuan Law School public interest litigation conference focused on China's new public interest litigation law. Dean Tobin and Dean Ji Weidong gave opening remarks. Profs. Percival and Pappas gave presentations as did four UMD Carey Law students.
· Experiencing a wide array of Chinese food, culture and entertainment (karaoke included) as well as an overnight train ride to Xian that will not be repeated (don’t ask).
In all, the trip was as fantastic as the students who went on and participated in the biennial adventure.