Mr. Richard Qing ZHANG is a PhD Candidate at the Faculty of Law of the Chinese University of Hong Kong and is a member of the Environmental Law Branch of Chinese Society For Environmental Sciences (2017-2022). He passed National Judicial Examination of the PRC in 2012 and got Certificate for Legal Profession of the PRC in 2014. Familiar with Chinese environmental law, currently he is focusing on the theory and practice of the environmental public interest litigation initiated by NGOs in mainland China. Meanwhile, Mr. Zhang is an assistant editor of Chinese Journal of Environmental Law and a peer-reviewer of Climate Law.
Research Interests and Aims
I am interested in environmental law, especially laws regarding environmental public participation in China. In my thesis, I evaluate the rules and practice of the environmental public interest litigation filed by NGOs in China (the EPIL). For the research of theory, this thesis develops an experimental benchmark with a core of effectiveness as a theoretical tool to assess the EPIL system and its operation. For the research of rules and practice, this thesis unveils a comprehensive evaluation of the EPIL through detailed empirical research – documentary analysis (including case study), survey and interview. Supported by abundant evidence, the preliminary suggestions will also be a spark. I hope these original contributions could fill the existing literature gap on benchmark and data. Further, they could benefit not only scholars that are interested in China’s environmental issues but also researchers from jurisdictions that face similar problems (e.g. ‘government failure’).
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Education and Awards