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Dr Yang Chung-Han

Dr Yang Chung-Han

Centre Fellow

OIES-Saudi Aramco Fellow, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies (OIES)

Legal Counsel, Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), Taiwan R.O.C.


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.

Research Interests

  • 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. Natural Gas in Taiwan: Key Challenges and New Narrative beyond 2025, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies Working Paper Series (forthcoming in May/June 2019).

C-H. Yang. (with K. Gudas). Waste-to-Energy in circular economy: A policy comparison between Taiwan and EU, National Taiwan University Law Review (forthcoming in 2019).

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 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 (with M. G. Pollitt & H. Chen) (2017). 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 (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.