Mr. Qing ZHANG 張卿先生

Research Student

Working toward a PhD in Laws, expected 2020

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.

Thesis Topic

Ground-breaking but not so Effective: Environmental Public Interest Litigation Filed by NGOs in China, co-supervised by Professors Yuhong ZHAO and Michael RAMSDEN.

 

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’).

 

Working Papers and Publications

    Education and Awards

    EDUCATION

    • Master of Laws in Environmental and Natural Resources Protection Law, China University of Political Science and Law, China, 2016.
    • Bachelor Degree in Law (Major) and English (Minor), Sun Yat-sen University, China, 2013.

      AWARDS
      • CUHK Research Postgraduate Student Grants for Overseas Academic Activities, 2017 and 2018.
      • Postgraduate Studentship, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2016.
      • The Title of Excellent Graduates, China University of Political Science and Law, 2016.
      • First-Grade Academic Scholarship, China University of Political Science and Law, 2015.
      • Delta Environmental Law Dissertation Scholarship, Delta Environmental & Educational Foundation, 2015.
      • Second-Grade Academic Scholarship, China University of Political Science and Law, 2014.
      • The Title of Excellent Graduates, Sun Yat-sen University, 2013.
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