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Dr. Chung-Han Yang currently serves as an assistant professor at the Department of Environmental and Cultural Resources, National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan. Since February 2024, he has also been appointed as an honorary supervisor for postgraduate research (PGR) at the School of Environmental Sciences, University of Liverpool.

Chung-Han pursued his Master’s degree as a Chevening Scholar at the University of Cambridge Law Faculty. He also completed his Ph.D. at Cambridge under the supervision of Professor Jorge E. Viñuales in 2019. His doctoral research explored the interface among cross-border energy investment, human rights, and sustainability from a transnational law perspective. After completing his Ph.D., he was honored with an OIES-Saudi Aramco Fellowship at Oxford University’s Institute of Energy Studies (OIES). During this fellowship, he conducted an independent research project focusing on natural gas trade within the Asia-Pacific regimes.

In Cambridge, he also works closely with Professor Michael G. Pollitt from the Cambridge Judge Business School on China's electricity market reform and the transition to low-carbon energy. Supported by funding from the EPSRC Global Challenge Research Fund, this collaborative project has yielded significant findings. The research outcomes have been published as a monograph in both English (by Palgrave Macmillan, 2020) and Chinese (by Social Sciences Academic Press in China, 2024). Currently, Chung-Han continues to serve as an associate researcher at the Energy Policy Research Group (EPRG) within the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge.

Concerning his legal career, Chung-Han held a partnership position at the international law firm Dentons, specialising in the energy sectors across Greater China. Since January 2018, he has served as an external legal advisor for Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs, with a particular focus on Taiwan’s engagement in international platforms such as the WTO, APEC, OECD, and CPTPP. In 2022, Chung-Han was honored to receive an academic diplomacy fellowship from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Taiwan. As part of this esteemed opportunity, he conducted research on climate change and energy issues within the context of the CPTPP and the UK’s accession strategies at Chatham House in London.

As power sectors across Asia undergo liberalization and decarbonization, Chung-Han remains actively engaged in collaborative efforts with colleagues in Cambridge and beyond. Together, they focus on electricity market reform projects within the region, spanning countries such as Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, and ASEAN economies.


  • Electricity market reform and decarbonization
  • Energy trade and investment
  • Green economy, circular economy and industrial policy
  • Digitalisation, artificial intelligence (AI) and the energy sectors
  • Energy efficiency and related technological innovation
  • Corporate social responsibility (CSR), human rights and the environment


Key publications: 

C-H. Yang (with Maria Augusta Paim) (2024). Evaluating China-Brazil bilateral engagements in climate change and energy: A true sustainability partnership or green appropriation?. Cambridge International Law Journal Annual (CILJ) Conference, Faculty of Law of the University of Cambridge, 8–9 April 2024 (the Special Issue of the CILJ for this conference Volume 13(2) is forthcoming in December 2024).

C-H. Yang (with Aileen Mei Mei Lam) (2024). Year in Review Report: World Bank. Oxford Yearbook of International Environmental Law (forthcoming in June 2024).

C-H. Yang (2024). Nuclear Energy and Education for Sustainable Development-Exploring Key Themes and Proposals for Future International Collaborations. Japanese Journal of Environmental Education: Environmental Education in Asia (JJEE-EEA).

C-H. Yang (2024). Design Thinking for Sustainable Education: Integrating Stanford’s Design-Thinking Framework into Taiwan's Higher Education and University Social Responsibility Practices. Journal of Environmental Education Research.

C-H. Yang. (2024). Evaluating Taiwan-U.S. Bilateral Engagements in the Trade-Climate Change-Energy Nexus: Lessons and Opportunities for the Taiwan-U.S. Initiative on 21st Century Trade. Chinese (Taiwan) Yearbook of International Law and Affairs, Volume 41 (2023).

C-H. Yang (2023). Cross-border energy investment, energy justice and international economic law. The Power of Energy Justice & the Social Contract (ISBN: 978-3-031-46281-8). Springer Nature. Dec, 2023: 41-48.

C-H. Yang (with Michael Pollitt et al.) (2020). Reforming the Chinese Electricity Supply Sector: Lessons from Global Experience, (ISBN: 9783030394615). Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. May, 2020.

C-H. Yang. (2020). Natural Gas in Taiwan: Key Challenges and New Narrative beyond 2025, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies Working Paper Series.

C-H. Yang (with Jun Xu, Michael Pollitt and Bai-Chen Xie) (2020). China’s Energy Law Draft and the Reform of its Electricity Supply Sector, EPRG Working Paper 2028, September 2020, Energy Policy Research Group, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge.

C-H. Yang. (with K. Gudas). (2020). Waste-to-Energy in circular economy: A policy comparison between Taiwan and EU, National Taiwan University Law Review.

C-H. Yang (with M. Paim et al.) (2019). Evaluating regulatory strategies for mitigating hydrological risk in Brazil through diversification of its electricity mix. Energy Policy, vol 128, pp 383-401.

C-H. Yang (with M. Paim) (2018). Nuclear decommissioning in Brazil and China: Regulatory development, incompleteness and future synergy, The Oxford Journal of World Energy Law and Business, 24 April 2018.

C-H. Yang (with M. G. Pollitt & H. Chen) (2018). Restructuring the Chinese Electricity Supply Sector: An assessment of the market pilots in Guangdong Province, EPRG Working Paper, December 2017, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. Chinese version was published by National Academy of Economic Strategy, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), Financial Minds, Issue 6, 2018.

C-H. Yang (with R. Heffron and N. Sun) (2017). The future of energy law in the Asia-Pacific, International Energy Law Review, 2017 Issue 8.

C-H. Yang (with M. G. Pollitt & H. Chen) (2017). “Restructuring the Chinese electricity supply sector: lessons from international experience.” EPRG Working Paper 1704, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. Chinese version was published by National Academy of Economic Strategy, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), Financial Minds, Issue 4, 2017.

C-H. Yang (2017). Energy Law: An Introduction, Springer, London. (Author: Raphael J. Heffron, Chinese Edition Translator: C-H. Yang, Springer Asia Limited, September 2017).

C-H. Yang (with Y-C. Chiang) (2015). International Environmental Law and Intellectual Property: Regulatory synergies and conflicts, Formosa Transnational Law Review, No.200, 2015.04.

C-EENRG Fellow
Assistant Professor, National Tsing Hua University
Honorary PGR Supervisor, University of Liverpool
Dr Chung-Han Yang