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Yang Chung-Han

Yang Chung-Han

Centre Researcher


Ph.D. Candidate at C-EENRG, University of Cambridge; Of Counsel, Dentons LLP and External Legal Advisor, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Taiwan

Chung-Han Yang is a Ph.D. researcher 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 (Judge Business School) on China’s electricity market reform. This research project is funded by EPSRC Global Challenge Research Fund, and the fieldwork has been completed in Beijing, Yunnan and Guangdong from 2016 to 2017.

Prior to joining C-EENGR, 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. Chung-Han’s legal practice, therefore, focuses on energy, environment, foreign investment and public policy. He has a wide range of experience in advising Taiwan’s major state-owned energy corporations – Taiwan Power Company and CPC Corporation Taiwan – as well as various energy-related governmental agencies, including the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Bureau of Energy, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Ministry of Transportation and Communications, Financial Supervision Commission, Atomic Energy Council and National Development Council. He is now Of counsel with Dentons LLP's global energy practices.

Since 2018, Chung-Han has been working as an external legal advisor for the Ministry of Economic Affairs (Taiwan) and has particularly engaged with the legal affairs in the Small and Medium Enterprise Administration, Green Trade Project Office, and Taiwan's mission to the WTO.  

Chung-Han earned his master as a Chevening Scholar at Cambridge University's Law Faculty and is an individual member of the UK Environmental Law Association.

Research interests:

International environmental law

International economic law (trade and investment)

Energy law

Electricity and gas sectors (focusing on Greater China)

Recent publications

“Green trade, sustainable investment and Taiwan Miracle 2.0”, 10th Annual Conference on Development Studies: Taiwan Experience 2.0: Global and Local Development, National Chengchi University, October 2018  (forthcoming)

“Energy trade, carbon leakage and China's participation in global energy governance” (with Jing Meng), Newton Fund - Cambridge EPRG research project, September 2018 (forthcoming)

“The influence of social media activism and opinion leaders on international environmental law”, The Cambridge Journal of International Law, 7th Annual Conference, April 2018, Accepted

Evaluating Brazilian regulatory strategies for hydrological risk, Environmental Policy (2018) (with M. Paim, A. Dalmarco, P. Salas, J-F. Mercure, and J. Vinuales) Accepted

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

Legal innovation from below: China’s overseas energy investment, local resistance and trans-national environmental governance, The Asian Environmental Law Review AELR (2018) Accepted

Restructuring the Chinese Electricity Supply Sector: An assessment of the market pilots in Guangdong Province, EPRG Working Paper (2018), Judge Business School, University of Cambridge (with M. G. Pollitt & H. Chen) Available at:

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

Electricity Reforms: International Experiences and China’s Decision (with M. G. Pollitt & H. Chen), Financial Minds, Vol. 2 Issue 4, July 2017, National Academy of Economic Strategy, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Available at:

Restructuring the Chinese electricity supply sector: lessons from international experience. (2017) EPRG Working Paper 1704, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge (with M. G. Pollitt & H. Chen). Available at

Foreign Investment and Environmental Protection: The Liability of Private Enterprises Under International Environmental Law; in The Sixth Asian Conference on Sustainability, Energy and the Environment, Art Center of Kobe, Kobe, Japan (9-12 June 2016).

Environmental and Social Policies in Chinese Overseas Energy Investment – New Developments in Bilateral Treaties, National Policies and Financial Institutions; in World Trade Institute’s ENERGY REFORUM 2016, SM University of Management and Economics, Vilnius, Lithuania (2-3 June 2016).

Energy Investment and Sustainable Development: Innovative Contractual Mechanisms to Balance Economic with Social and Environmental Considerations; in INOGOV Workshop on Climate Policy Innovation and the Access to Clean Energy Technology in Developing Countries, Villa Moynier, Graduate Research Institute, Geneva, Switzerland (26-27 May 2016).

Taiwan’s energy regulation and markets; in The Energy Regulation and Markets Review – Edition 6, editor David L Schwartz, International Bar Association and Law Business Research Ltd (forthcoming September 2018).

Energy Law: An Introduction, Springer, London. Author: Raphael J. Heffron, Chinese Edition Translator: C-H. Yang, Angle Publishing Ltd Taiwan.

Policy commentaries

Forging alliances for plastic-free oceans; in Taipei Times, (2018) March 2, p. 8.

Advancing sustainable innovation in energy; in Taipei Times, (2018) January 25, p. 8.

Revised EIA act needs to have global perspective; in Taipei Times, (2017) November 23, p. 8.

Digital revolution in energy business; in Taipei Times, (2017) October 18, p. 8.

Public must act to ensure reactors are shut down; in Taipei Times, (2017) September 25, p. 6.

Cross-sector thinking required for energy plan. in Taipei Times, (2017) August 25, p. 8.

New carbon market in China a big opportunity; in Taipei Times, (2017) July 28, p. 8.

The key to obtaining a ‘green card’ from EU; in Taipei Times, (2017) June 26, p. 6.

Incentives, safeguards to ‘green’ investment; in Taipei Times, (2017) May 20, p. 8. 

Community engagement required to fix mining; in Taipei Times (2017) March 23, p. 8.

Electricity Act reforms neglecting demand side; in Taipei Times ( 2017) January 25, p.8.

Making the EU-Taiwan trade pact sustainable; in Taipei Times, (2016) December 25, p. 6.

Make ‘green peace’ in the South China Sea; in Taipei Times, (2016) July 24, p. 6.

The Paris accord and Taiwan’s exclusion; in Taipei Times, (2016) February 1, p. 8.

Economic zones need to focus on being green; in Taipei Times, (2016) January 27, p. 8.

Energy, investment and global agreements; in Taipei Times, (2015) November 29, p. 8.