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Room 519
Faculty of Law
5/F, Lee Shau Kee Building
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Sha Tin, NT, Hong Kong SAR

Dr. Hao Zhang is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He obtained law degrees in China before completing his PhD at Melbourne Law School, The University of Melbourne in Australia. Dr. Zhang teaches energy law and Chinese law and his research interests are primarily in the fields of Chinese energy law, climate law and comparative environmental law. He is currently working on the legal issues surrounding the green economic transition in China (i.e. renewable energy, electrification and emissions trading), as well as China’s energy sector reform. Dr. Zhang is the deputy director of the LLM programme in energy and environmental law. He serves as an associate editor for the journal, Climate Law.

Book and edited volume
  • Climate Change Law in China in Global Context (Routledge, 2020) (with Xiangbai He and Alexander Zahar).
  • 欧盟为保护生态动刑:欧盟各国环境刑事执法报告 [Criminal Enforcement of Environmental Law in the European Union], 中央编译出版社 [China Central Compilation and Translation Press], 2009 (with XU Ping and HE Maoqiao) (in Chinese)
Journal Articles
    • China’s Natural Gas Sector Regulation in the Context of Pipeline Restructuring: Towards Independent Gas Pipeline Operation? (2022) Journal of World Energy Law & Business forthcoming
    • China’s Ownership Policies in the Coal Sector: Effectiveness of Capacity Regulation and Prospect for Climate Change Mitigation (2022) Journal of Energy & Natural Resources Law forthcoming
    • Regulations for Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage: Comparative Analysis of Development in Europe, China and the Middle East (2021) 173 Resources, Conservation and Recycling 105722
    • The Access Regime of Renewable Energy to the Grid Network in China: a Legal Analysis (2021) 8 Current Sustainable/Renewable Energy Reports 50-56
    • Regulating Green Bond in China: Definition Divergence and Implications for Policy Making (2020) 10(2) Journal of Sustainable Finance and Investment 141-156
    • Prioritizing Access of Renewable Energy to the Grid in China: Regulatory Mechanisms and Challenges for Implementation (2019) 3(2) Chinese Journal of Environmental Law 167-202
    • Implementing Climate-Finance Provisions under the Paris Agreement. (2019) 9(1-2) Climate Law 21-39
    • Fixing the Emissions Trading Scheme: Carbon Price Stability in the EU and China. (2019) 25(3) European Law Journal 333-347 (with Anatole Boute)
    • Antinomic Policy Making under the Fragmented Authoritarianism: Regulating China’s Electricity Sector through the Energy-Climate-Environment Dimension. (2019) 128 Energy Policy 162-169
    • The Carbon Externality of Investments Financed by China’s Development Banks: The Case of Energy Project Investments in Central Asia. (2019) 20(2-3) Journal of World Trade and Investment 335-354
    • Adjudicating Environmental Tort Cases in China: Burden of Proof, Causation and Insights from 513 Court Decisions. (2018) 21(2) Asia-Pacific Journal of Environmental Law 171-189 (with Fan Yang and Ting Zhang)
    • The Role of the Market and Traditional Regulation to Decarbonise China’s Energy Supply. (2018) 30(2) Journal of Environmental Law 261-284 (with Anatole Boute)
    • Designing Regulation for China’s Emission-Trading Pilot Programs Through Trial and Error: An Effective Approach?. (2017) 7(2-3) Climate Law 125-149 (with Ping Xu)
    • Lessons from Regulating Carbon Offset Markets. (2015) 4(1) Transnational Environmental Law 69-100 (with Christopher Arup)
    • Beyond the CDM: Regulating China’s Domestic Offset Scheme. (2015) 45(1) Environmental Law Reporter 10049-10063 (with Christopher Arup)
    • 碳排放权配额分配的国际经验及启示 [The International Experiences and Lessons of Carbon Emission Permit Allocation Method](2013) 23(12) 中国人口资源与环境 [Journal of China Population, Resources and Environment] 10-15 (with XUAN Xiaowei) (in Chinese)
    • Emissions Trading and China: Learning by Doing and Implications for Policy Making. (2013) 28(7) Australian Environment Review 690-694
    • Design Elements of Emissions Trading Regulation in China’s Pilot Programs: Regulatory Challenges and Prospects. (2013) 30(4) Environmental and Planning Law Journal 342-356 (Thomson Reuters Australia)
    • Designing the Regulatory Framework of an Emissions Trading Program in China: Lessons from Tianjin. (2012) 4 Carbon & Climate Law Review 329-341
    • China’s Energy Conservation and Carbon Emissions Reduction System: Development and Status Quo of the Regulatory and Institutional Framework. (2012) 42(3) Environmental Law Reporter 10260-10279
    • Low Carbon Strategy in China: The Role of Renewable Energy Law in Advancing Renewable Energy. (2011) 2 Renewable Energy Law and Policy Review 135-148
    • Environmental Criminal Law in China: A Critical Analysis. (2011) 41(1) Environmental Law Reporter 10024-10042 (with Michael Faure)
    • 从危害行为探索环境刑事立法的模式 [Analysis on the Environmental Criminal Law Legislation based on Environmental Endangerments] (2010) 28(2) 政法论坛 [Journal of China University of Political Science and Law] 149-157 (with XU Ping) (in Chinese)
    Book chapters
      • China’s Legal Framework for Emissions Trading and other Market Initiatives. in Xiangbai He, Hao Zhang and Alexander Zahar (eds), Climate Change Law in China in Global Context (Routledge, 2020) 84-102
      • Regulation of Sources and Sinks in China’s Domestic Offset Scheme. in Xiangbai He, Hao Zhang and Alexander Zahar (eds), Climate Change Law in China in Global Context (Routledge, 2020) 103-117
      • The Monitoring, Reporting and Verification of Greenhouse Gas Emissions in China: A Legal Analysis. in Xiangbai He, Hao Zhang and Alexander Zahar (eds), Climate Change Law in China in Global Context (Routledge, 2020) 118-148 (with Alexander Zahar)
      • Designing and Implementing an Emissions Trading Market in China: The Case of Tianjin. in Michael Faure and Guangdong Xu (eds), Economics and Regulation in China (Routledge, 2013) 240-268
      • Towards a more Effective Environmental Criminal Law in China. in Paul Martin, Li Zhiping, Qin Tianbao, Anel Du Plessis and Yves Le Bouthillier (eds), Environmental Governance and Sustainability, IUCN Academy of Environmental Law series (Edward Elgar, 2012) 104-134 (with Michael Faure)
      Report and working paper
      • Principal Investigator, Early Career Scheme 2021-22, Legal and Regulatory Pathway of Renewable Energy Integration in China: Comparative and Empirical Perspectives, University Grants Committee of Hong Kong, 01/01/2022-31/12/2023
      • Principal Investigator, CUHK Direct Grant for Research 2020/21, Developing Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage Projects in China: Regulatory Challenges and Lessons from other Jurisdictions, CUHK Research Committee, 01/05/2021-30/04/2022
      • Principal Investigator, CUHK Direct Grant for Research 2018/19, Decarbonising China’s Energy Supply: Regulatory Pluralism and Instrument Interaction, CUHK Research Committee, 30/06/2019-29/12/2020
      • Resilience and Energy Law in China in an Era of Energy Decarbonisation. Academic Advisory Group Mid-term Meeting, Section on Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law (SEERIL), International Bar Association, 20/05/2021 (via Zoom)
      • Current Challenges of Renewable Energy: Integration in China. Webinar series organised by Environmental Change Institute of the University of Oxford, 19/08/2020 (via Zoom)
      • Legal Challenges to the Development of Emissions Trading Scheme in China: Insights from the Pilot Programs. Evaluation of Environmental Effectiveness and Economics Efficiency of Incentive Based Instruments for Pollution Control in China and Australia, organised by University of Sydney and The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Sydney, Australia, 10/12/2019
      • Regulating Green Bond in China: Definition Divergence and Implications for Policy Making. Green Infrastructure and Finance Development in Asia: Investment, Policies and Economic Impacts, organised by Asian Development Bank Institute, Tokyo, Japan, 14-15/11/2019
      • Monitoring and Reporting Greenhouse Gas Emissions in China: A Legal Analysis. IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Colloquium 2019, organised by IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 5-9/08/2019 (with Alexander Zahar)
      • International Finance and Other Forms of Material Support under the Paris Agreement. APCEL Workshop on the Implementation Rules For the Paris Agreement, organised by the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore, Singapore, 24-25/01/2019
      • Fixing the Emissions Trading Scheme: Carbon Price Stability in the EU and China. The Tenth Annual Meeting of the Society for Environmental Law & Economics, organised by University of Notre Dame School of Law, Chicago, United States of America, 15-16/06/2018 (with Anatole Boute)
      • Carbon Externality of China’s Foreign Direct Investment in the Energy Sector. Regulation of Energy Investment along the Belt and Road Initiative, organised by The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, 25-27/02/2017