Speaker: Zhang Jingjing
ZHANG Jingjing, Visiting Scholar, East Asian Legal Studies, Harvard Law School; Partner, Beijing Huanzhu Law Firm; Former Deputy China Director of PILnet, The Global Network for Public Interest Law; Former Litigation Director, Center for Legal Assistance to Pollution Victims
Co-Sponsored by East Asian Legal Studies (Harvard Law School) and China Project (Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences)
Speaker bio: Committed to justice and strengthening the rule of law, Zhang Jingjing is one of China’s leading public interest lawyers. An outspoken environmental advocate, she represents pollution victims in lawsuits and promotes public participation by helping communities organize public hearings on environmental rights and licensing processes. Through her work with the Center for Legal Assistance to Pollution Victims (CLAPV), she has won milestone cases in the Chinese courts, including the first successful environmental class action suit in China, against a chemical company that discharged toxic substances in Fujian Province. She has been frequently featured in the media for her pioneering work, and was called China’s Erin Brockovich. She is the director and a partner of the first ever Chinese environmental public interest law firm, Beijing Huanzhu Law Firm. She won the SEE-TNC (The Nature Conservancy) Eco-award in May 2011, a prestigious environmental prize in China. She recently completed a Master’s of Public Administration at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and is now a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School’s East Asian Legal Studies Program.