Alex Wang is a Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law, and a leading expert on environmental governance and Chinese legal reform. He was previously 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. 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 has been a visiting faculty member at the UC, Berkeley School of Law.

Wang was a Fulbright Fellow to China from 2004-2005. Before this, he was an attorney at the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York City, where he worked on mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, and pro bono Endangered Species Act litigation.He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, as well as a member and former fellow (2008-10) of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.

Last Updated: April 1, 2021

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China’s Environmental Collapse

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After the collapse of international climate change talks in Copenhagen in 2009, Mark Lynas’ devastating article, published in the Guardian, laid the blame squarely at China’s feet, accusing the Chinese government of deliberately scuttling American-...