Jingjing Zhang to Deliver the 2019 Fedder Lecture

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Environmental Law Program Director Robert Percival, Jingjing Zhang, and Joel Fedder '58 at the 2009 Fedder Lecture.

On Friday, November 22, Jingjing Zhang will deliver the Environmental Law Program's 2019 Fedder Lecture, "From National to Transnational Environmental Accountability."

Once known as the “Erin Brockovich of China,” Maryland Lecturer in Law Jingjing Zhang has now taken her environmental crusade to the global arena. After a decade spent fighting for the rights of pollution victims in China, Professor Zhang now is focusing on holding multinational corporations accountable for environmental harm caused by their operations in developing countries. Zhang is determined not to permit projects, like those associated with China’s “Belt and Road” initiative, from exporting environmental destruction to poor communities in Africa, South America and Asia. In June she led a group of faculty and students on a field trip to Guinea to document the devastating effects of a massive Chinese bauxite mine. Last year she successfully argued in a court in Cuenca, Ecuador that a Chinese company’s mining permit should be revoked for violations of both Chinese and local law. Zhang’s Transnational Environmental Accountability (TEA) Project works with faculty and students from Maryland Carey Law's Environmental Law Clinic and Global Environmental Law Seminar to develop creative strategies for promoting global environmental justice. Earlier this year the World Justice Project honored the TEA Project by selecting it as a finalist for in its global Access to Justice Challenge. After reviewing her remarkable career, Professor Zhang will use the 2019 Fedder Lecture to outline her vision for achieving global environmental accountability.

The Fedder Lecture is the Environmental Law Program’s annual endowed lecture established by the late Joel and Ellen Fedder. Immediately following the lecture, the program will host its 28th Annual Wine Tasting for alumni and friends. For more event information or to RSVP, visit www.2019FedderLecture.eventbrite.com, or contact Kate Woods at kwoods@law.umaryland.edu or 410-706-4529.

About Maryland Carey Law

The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law was established in 1816 and began regular instruction in 1824. It is the third-oldest law school in the nation, but its innovative programs make it one of the liveliest and most dynamic today. Maryland Carey Law stands among five other professional schools on the Founding Campus of the University of Maryland. It has taken advantage of this location to become an integral part of the Baltimore-Washington legal and business community.