Challenges of Water Governance (and Privatization) in China-Traps, Gaps, and Law
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AbstractChina encompasses almost 20% of the world’s population but contains only 7% of the world’s fresh water supply. In totality, China’s per capita availability is low, compared with most other countries. Due to the growing population, increasing urbanization, rapid industrialization, pollution and climate change, China is currently facing a severe shortage of fresh water supply. There are urgent steps that China has to take now to seek private service providers to update the old systems and to satisfy the increasing demand for better water services, which creates some pressing legal issues ranging from privatization to consumer protection. This Article investigates the interactions between consumer policies, international economic law and mainly, consumers’ access to water. The shift from national law to international level itself is a major development, as the water awards allow tribunals to balance public concerns against investor protection by the examining non-economic aspects of water services, including consumer rights. Therefore, this Article examines the influence of international investment law and arbitration in expanding the dimension of transnational consumer protection and its near-term ramifications for China’s governance of water privatization.
Acceptance Date01/04/2018
All Author(s) ListXu Qian
Journal nameGeorgia Journal of International and Comparative Law
Volume Number47
Issue Number1
PublisherThe University of Georgia
Place of PublicationGeorgia
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom

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