China’s Sustainability Challenges

Confucianizaton of Chinese Law from Intra- Generational, Inter-Generational and Gender Equity Perspectives

  • Simona Novaretti


The paper investigates how the leaders of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) have re-interpreted the three kinds of “equity” generally considered implicit in the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), namely inter-generational, intra-generational, and inter-gender equity, to fit the country’s context. To what extent is China’s recent “return to Confucius” paving the way to the use of the law as an instrument of “social moralization”? What impact is this trend having on the achievement of sustainable development within Chinese society? The following sections will answer these questions, showing if, how, and with what consequences, Chinese traditional values have recently undergone a “creative renovation”, in order to support, on the one hand, PRC government’s commitment to reach SDGs and to back, on the other, its attempt to resew Chinese social fabric, worn out by the dramatic economic development experienced by the country in the last decades.

How to Cite
Novaretti, S. (2019). China’s Sustainability Challenges. NAVEIÑ REET: Nordic Journal of Law and Social Research, 1(9), 21-60. Retrieved from