Chung-Han Yang

OIES-Saudi Aramco Fellow, Institute for Energy Studies, University of Oxford

E-mail: chung-han.yang@oxfordenergy.org 

Research interests: energy law, international environmental law, international investment law, electricity sector

Biography: Chung-Han studied for his Master’s Degree as a Chevening Scholar at Cambridge University’s Law Faculty. He also completed his PhD at C-EENRG, University of Cambridge, under the supervision of Professor Jorge E. Viñuales. His doctoral thesis investigated a range of innovative contractual mechanisms, e.g. environmental and human rights clauses in commercial contracts, NGO-Business partnerships and other multi-actor agreements, for preventing and mitigating the environmental and social damage caused by international energy operations.

Before his postgraduate study in the UK, Chung-Han started his legal career as a governmental attorney at the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) Taiwan and a liaison with the US Federal EPA in Washington D.C.. Since January 2018, he has worked as an external legal counsel for the Ministry of Economic Affairs Taiwan, focusing on energy trade (especially liquefied natural gas LNG), negotiations of environmental goods and services, impacts of artificial intelligence (AI) and digitalization on the energy sectors, and SME participation in the WTO and APEC platforms.

He has worked with Professor Michael G. Pollitt (Cambridge Judge Business School) on China’s electricity market reform and low-carbon energy transition. This project is funded by the EPSRC Global Challenge Research Fund. The initial outcome has been published both in English and Chinese (kindly translated into simplified Chinese by the British Embassy Beijing).

In May 2019, Chung-Han attended and completed the International Energy Agency’s policy training programme on energy efficiency in emerging economies.  

Currently, Chung-Han is an OIES-Saudi Aramco Fellow at the Institute for Energy Studies, University of Oxford and a counsel with an international law firm Dentons LLP’s Asia-Pacific energy practice.

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