China and the Convention on Biological Diversity: A Free Seminar, Tuesday, 30 April

As the world’s second largest economy, China is among the 12 mega-biodiverse countries in the world. Rapid urbanization and industrialization have brought severe threats to and increased pressure on the country’s biodiversity and ecosystem. Prof QIN Tianbao, China’s most prominent international environmental lawyer, will give a presentation regarding China’s role in global efforts to protect biodiversity. He will particularly talk about achievements and challenges regarding China’s implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). This is a timely event, since China will for the first time host the Conference of the Parties of the CBD (COP 16) in 2020, which will be a milestone opportunity to review CBD’s work over past ten years.


Prof Tianbao Qin isa Changjiang (Cheung Kong) Scholar and Luojia Professor of Law, Director of the Research Institute of Environmental Law (RIEL) and Associate Dean for Research at the School of Law, Wuhan University, China. He is author of several books and more than 100 articles. His recent publications include: Research Handbook on Chinese Environmental Law (Edward Elgar, ed), Principles of International Biodiversity Law (CUPL Press), Legal Issues on Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit-sharing (WHU Press), Arctic Law and Governance: The Role of China and Finland (Hart Publishing, with Timo Koivurova, eds). He also serves as the Co-Editor-in-Chief, together with Prof Ben Bore, of the Chinese Journal of Environmental Law (Brill).


Dr Nengye Liu is a senior lecturer at the Adelaide Law School, University of Adelaide. His current research centres on China’s role in global ocean governance, with particular focus on the Polar Regions.


Flentje Lecture Theatre, The University of Adelaide. A campus map can be found here.


This seminar will be held on Tuesday, 30 April 2019 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm (ACST). It is a free event, but registration is essential. Register at:

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