Chung-Han Yang

Ph. D. researcher at C-EENRG, University of Cambridge; Of counsel, Dentons LLP Taipei office

Email address: chy26 (at)


Chung-Han Yang is a Ph.D. researcher at C-EENRG under the supervision of Professor Jorge Viñuales. He is also Of counsel with the Dentons LLP Taipei office. 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.

Prior to joining C-EENGR, Chung-Han worked 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.

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 Institute, and the fieldwork has been completed in Beijing and Yunnan in August 2016.

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

Research interests

Foreign investment in the energy sector
International environmental law
Electricity power sector

Recent publications

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 July 2018).

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

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).

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).

Policy commentaries

Criminal justice that protects the environment; in Taipei Times (2017) April 24, p. 6. Retrieved from

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

Benefits of the energy charter for the nation; in Taipei Times (2017) February 23, p. 8. Retrieved from

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

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

The key to solving Formosa conflict; in Taipei Times, (2016) November 25, p. 8. Retrieved from

An aviation opportunity that Taiwan can embrace; in Taipei Times, (2016) October 7, p.8. Retrieved from

Uber and sustainable transport policies; in Taipei Times, (2016) September 13, p. 8. Retrieved from

Low-carbon energy shift must attain equilibrium; in Taipei Times, (2016) August 14, p. 6. Retrieved from

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

Time to set controls on overseas operations; in Taipei Times, (2016) July 6, p. 8. Retrieved from

Baltic way of seeking self-reliance in energy; in Taipei Times, (2016) June 12, p. 8. Retrieved from

Earth Day needs to be about unity, development; in Taipei Times, (2016) May 8, p. 8. Retrieved from

Codifying corporate responsibility; in Taipei Time, (2016) April 4, p. 8. Retrieved from

Partnership aid boosts education; in Taipei Times, (2016) March 7, p. 8. Retrieved from

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

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

Focusing on sustainable housing policies; in Taipei Times, (2015) December 11, p. 8.(with Ming Shan Ng). Retrieved from

Energy, investment and global agreements; inTaipei Times, (2015) November 29, p. 8. Retrieved from

See also Chung-Han’s biography on the C-EENRG website.