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Extraterritoriality, Environmental damage, and the Korean fine dust case

On April 5th, 2017 a heterogeneous group of exponents from the civil society, including NGOs and ordinary Korean citizens, filed a lawsuit against the South Korean and the Chinese governments, seeking relief for 3000000 KRW for the mental distress allegedly caused to the plaintiffs by the increased levels of fine dust in the air. What Korea has been experiencing in the last few years has no precedents the country’s history: recently, pollution levels have risen consistently and, ironically, in the years following the filing of the lawsuit the PM level in the air has risen to the highest levels ever registered. Many link the deterioration of the air conditions to China’s fast industrializatio

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