Environmental, Energy and Climate Law Cluster

This Cluster aims to promote research and collaboration on environmental, energy and climate law. It organizes events on a regular basis in collaboration with various academic and non-academic partners in the region and beyond. It also engages students enrolled in CUHK’s Energy and Environmental Law LLM.

Prof. Agnes CHONG (Cluster Chair)
Assistant Professor
Associate Professor
Research Student
Research Student
Research Student
Founding partner, Sunshine Law Firm (PRC)
Vice President, Energy Law Institute, China Law Society
Deputy Director, Renewable Energy Professional Committee, China Energy Research Society
Professor, Department of Law, University of Uppsala
Chair in Law, School of Law, University of Aberdeen
Associate Professor, Department of Geography and Resource Management, CUHK






Benoit Mayer & Alexander Zahar, eds., Debating Climate Law (under contract with Cambridge University Press, forthcoming in 2021)

Hao Zhang, Xiangbai He, and Alexander Zahar, Climate Change Law in China in Global Context (Routledge, 2020)

Anatole Boute, Energy Security along the New Silk Road: Energy Law and Geopolitics in Central Asia (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019)

Journal Articles

William Acworth, Mariza Montes de Oca, Anatole Boute, Carlotta Piantieri and Felix Christian Matthes, “Emissions Trading in Regulated Electricity Markets” (2020) 20 Climate Policy 60-70

Anatole Boute, “Regulatory stability and renewable energy investment: The case of Kazakhstan” (2020) 121 Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 109673

Anatole Boute and Alexy Zhikharev, “Vested Interests as Driver of the Clean Energy Transition: Evidence from Russia’s Solar Energy Policy” (2019) 133 Energy Policy 110910

Sandrine Maljean-Dubois and Benoit Mayer, “Liability and Compensation for Marine Plastic Pollution: Conceptual Issues and Possible Ways Forward” (2020) 114 AJIL Unbound (forthcoming).

Hao Zhang, “Regulating Green Bond in China: Definition, Divergence and Implications for Policy Making” (2020) 10 Journal of Sustainable Finance and Investment 141-156

Banban Wang, Anatole Boute and Xiujie Tan, “Price Stabilization Mechanisms in China’s Pilot Emissions Trading Schemes: Design and Performance” (2020) 20 Climate Policy 46-59

Anatole Boute, “China’s External Energy Security: Energy Trade and Investment Along the ‘Belt and Road’” (2019) 20 Journal of World Investment and Trade 195-220

Anatole Boute, “Economic Statecraft and Investment Arbitration” (2019) 40 University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law 383-418

Anatole Boute and Hao Zhang, “Fixing the Emissions Trading Scheme: Carbon Price Stability in the EU and China” (2019) 26 European Law Journal 333-347

Benoit Mayer, “Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage: Existing and Emerging Legal Principles” (2019) 13 Carbon and Climate Law Review 113-121.

Benoit Mayer, “Climate Assessment as an Emerging Obligation under Customary International Law” (2019) 68 International and Comparative Law Quarterly 271-308

Benoit Mayer, “Environmental Assessments in the Context of Climate Change: The Role of the UN Economic Commission for Europe” (2019) 28 Review of European, Comparative and International Environmental Law 82-93

Benoit Mayer, “Interpreting States’ general obligations on climate change mitigation: A methodological review” (2019) 28 Review of European, Comparative and International Environmental Law 107-121

Benoit Mayer, “A Review of the International Law Commission’s Guidelines on the Protection of the Atmosphere” (2019) 20 Melbourne Journal of International Law (forthcoming)

Benoit Mayer, “Transparency under the Paris Rulebook: An enhanced transparency framework?” (2019) 9 Climate Law 40-64

Hao Zhang, “Antinomic Policy Making under the Fragmented Authoritarianism: Regulating China’s Electricity Sector through the Energy-Climate-Environment Dimension” (2019) 128 Energy Policy 162-169

Hao Zhang, “The Carbon Externality of Investments Financed by China’s Development Banks: The Case of Energy Project Investments in Central Asia” (2019) 20 Journal of World Trade and Investment 335-354

Hao Zhang, “Implementing Climate-Finance Provisions under the Paris Agreement” (2019) 9 Climate Law 21-39

Book Chapters

Benoit Mayer, “Chapter 4: Mitigation” in Geert van Calster and Leonie Reins (eds), A Commentary on the Paris Agreement on Climate Change: Implementation and Application (Edward Elgar, forthcoming in 2021)

Jae Woon Lee and Michelle Dy, “Nationalism, Consolidation and Rationalization in the Aviation Industry” in Victor V. Ramraj (ed), Covid-19 in Asia: Law and Policy Contexts (Oxford University Press, forthcoming in 2020)

Jae Woon Lee, “Concluding Remarks and Smart Regulation in the Post COVID-19 Era” in Jae Woon Lee (ed), Aviation Law and Policy in Asia: Smart Regulation in Liberalized Markets (Brill, forthcoming 2020)

Reinhard Mechler, Elisa Calliari, Laurens M. Bouwer, Thomas Schinko, Swenja Surminski, JoAnne Linnerooth-Bayer, Jeroen Aerts, Wouter Botzen, Emily Boyd, Natalie Delia Deckard, Jan S. Fuglestvedt, Mikel González-Eguino, Marjolijn Haasnoot, John Handmer, Masroora Haque, Alison Heslin, Stefan Hochrainer-Stigler, Christian Huggel, Saleemul Huq, Rachel James, Richard G. Jones, Sirkku Juhola, Adriana Keating, Stefan Kienberger, Sönke Kreft, Onno Kuik, Mia Landauer, Finn Laurien, Judy Lawrence, Ana Lopez, Wei Liu, Piotr Magnuszewski, Anil Markandya, Benoit Mayer, Ian McCallum, Colin McQuistan, Lukas Meyer, Kian Mintz-Woo, Arianna Montero-Colbert, Jaroslav Mysiak, Johanna Nalau, Ilan Noy, Robert Oakes, Friederike E. L. Otto, Mousumi Pervin, Erin Roberts, Laura Schäfer, Paolo Scussolini, Olivia Serdeczny, Alex de Sherbinin, Florentina Simlinger, Asha Sitati, Saibeen Sultana, Hannah R. Young, Kees van der Geest, Marc van den Homberg, Ivo Wallimann-Helmer, Koko Warner and Zinta Zommers, “Science for Loss and Damage. Findings and Propositions” in Reinhard Mechler, Laurens M. Bouwer, Thomas Schinko, Swenja Surminski and JoAnne Linnerooth-Bayer (eds), Loss and Damage from Climate Change. Concepts, Methods and Policy Options (Springer, 2019) 3-37

Florentina Simlinger and Benoit Mayer, “Legal Responses to Climate Change Induced Loss and Damage” in Reinhard Mechler, Laurens M. Bouwer, Thomas Schinko, Swenja Surminski and JoAnne Linnerooth-Bayer (eds), Loss and Damage from Climate Change. Concepts, Methods and Policy Options (Springer, 2019) 179-204

Other Publications

Benoit Mayer, “The State of the Netherlands v. Urgenda Foundation: Ruling of the Court of Appeal of the Hague (9 October 2018)” in (2019) 8 Transnational Environmental Law 167-192

Benoit Mayer, “The Curious Fate of the Doha Amendment” EJIL:Talk! (4 May 2020), https://www.ejiltalk.org/the-curious-fate-of-the-doha-amendment/

Benoit Mayer, “While the world fights warming, where is Hong Kong’s long-term climate change strategy?” Hong Kong Free Press (26 December 2019), https://hongkongfp.com/2019/12/26/world-fights-warming-hong-kongs-long-term-climate-change-strategy/ 

Benoit Mayer & Wu Lan, “The Environmental Impact Assessment Ordinance: Two Decades, no Change” (June 2019) Hong Kong Lawyer 44-49.