PhD Student, Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance (C-EENRG)
Supervisor: Jorge Vinuales
Research topic: FDI in the energy sector and trans-national environmental contracts
Research interests: energy law, international environmental law, international investment law, electricity sector
Biography: Chung-Han Yang is a Ph.D. candidate at C-EENRG under the supervision of Professor Jorge Viñuales. His doctoral thesis investigates foreign investment in the energy sector and innovative contractual approaches, such as environmental contracts and multi-actor agreements, for reconciling conflicting interests of host States, investors and affected individuals.
Currently, he also works with Professor Michael Pollitt and Hao Chen on China’s electricity market reform. This research project is funded by the EPSRC Global Challenge Research Fund, and the fieldwork has been completed in Beijing, Yunnan, and Guangdong during 2016-17. The initial outcome of this project has been published as EPRG Working Paper 1704 and a journal paper on Chinese Academy of Social Sciences’ Financial Minds (2017 Issue 4; kindly translated into Chinese by the British Embassy Beijing).
Chung-Han earned his Master’s Degree as a Chevening Scholar at Cambridge University’s Law Faculty and is an individual member of the UK Environmental Law Association. Prior to his postgraduate study in the UK, Chung-Han started his legal career as a governmental attorney at the Environmental Protection Administration Taiwan and a liaison with the US Federal EPA in Washington D.C. He is now a counsel with an international law firm Dentons LLP’s Asia-Pacific energy practice.