Prof. Wang will discuss the state of international environmental advocacy in China, as well as present new academic work on using China's regional income disparities as a way of advancing, rather than hindering, climate change mitigation efforts. The discussion of environmental advocacy will include an introduction to his years of work on the ground in China with the Natural Resources Defense Council and others, collaborating with leading Chinese environmental experts on policy development and implementation.
About the Speaker
Alex Wang is an Assistant Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law. His primary research and teaching interests are environmental law, Chinese law, comparative law, and torts. He has been a visiting assistant professor at UC Berkeley School of Law.
Prior to 2011, Wang was a senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) based in Beijing and the founding director of NRDC’s China Environmental Law & Governance Project for nearly six years. In this capacity, he worked with China’s government agencies, legal community and environmental groups to improve environmental rule of law and strengthen the role of the public in environmental protection. He helped to establish NRDC’s Beijing office in 2006. He was a Fulbright Fellow to China from 2004-05. Prior to that, Mr. Wang was an attorney at the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York City, where he worked on mergers & acquisitions, securities matters, and pro bono Endangered Species Act litigation.
Wang holds a J.D. from NYU School of Law, and earned his B.S. in Biology with distinction from Duke University. He was a fellow of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations (2008-10), and is a member of the Advisory Board to the Asia Society’s Center on U.S.-China Relations. He is a regular speaker on issues related to China and environmental protection, and has been an invited speaker at various institutions, such as the Council on Foreign Relations and the Asia Society. His commentary has appeared in such places as the New York Times, Huffington Post, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg News, China Daily, Global Times, Time Magazine, National Public Radio, Marketplace, and CCTV.