Postdoctoral Fellow (Energy Law)

Job Description & Qualification

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Applications are invited for:-

Faculty of Law
Postdoctoral Fellow (Energy Law)
(Ref. 190000MV)

As the world’s largest energy consumer and largest importer of fossil fuels, it is of strategic importance for China to ensure the availability of external sources of energy supply. The Belt and Road Initiative plays an important role in realizing China’s external energy security by promoting the interconnection of foreign energy reserves with the Chinese market. In the context of increasing attention on China’s external infrastructure policy, this research project aims to understand how Chinese investments impact on the regulation of the energy sector of China’s strategic partners along the Belt and Road.

In this context, the Faculty of Law at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK Law) has an opening for a Postdoctoral Fellow position in Energy Law to work on the “Regulation of Energy Investments along the Belt and Road”, under its Impact Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme. Applicants are expected to work with Professor Anatole Boute to produce research with a demonstrable impact for the legal community, non-governmental organisations and other beneficiaries.

This appointment is designed to cultivate early-stage academics with a keen interest in making a significant “Impact” on society. Impact is defined “as the demonstrable contributions, beneficial effects, valuable changes or advantages that research qualitatively brings to the economy, society, culture, public policy or services, health, the environment or quality of life; and that are beyond the academia.” The notion of “Impact” is becoming a major aspect of Research, as evidenced by the increasing emphasis put on impact in the Research Excellent Framework (REF) in the United Kingdom and the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) in Hong Kong. Hence, the appointee will be expected to take part in designing and conducting research in innovative ways, with a view to have a positive effect on identified beneficiaries.

Applicants should have (i) a PhD in Law, ideally in Energy Law, Investment Law or Environmental Law; (ii) demonstrated academic capabilities and/or practical experience in energy law, investment law and/or environmental law (ideally with publications in these fields); (iii) capacity to interact with the industry and/or policy-makers; (iv) a strong command of English; and Ideally (v) good knowledge of Chinese or Russian.

Responsibilities of the appointee are exclusively research-related and consist in working under the supervision of the Principal Investigator on the regulation of energy investments along the Belt and Road. Duties include (a) writing research reports and publish in reputable academic outlets; (b) hosting workshops to present findings; and (c) organising and liaising with identified beneficiaries.

Appointment will initially be made on contract basis for one year commencing June 2019, renewable subject to good performance, funding availability and mutual agreement.

Applicants should submit the following documents in the online application: (1) a detailed curriculum vitae; (2) a description of research interest and direction; (3) a list of publications; (4) a list of two referees with full contact information; and (5) any other supporting documents.

For more information, please contact Professor Anatole Boute at

About CUHK Law:

The Faculty of Law at The Chinese University of Hong Kong is one of the most dynamic and successful law schools in Asia. Since admitting its first students in 2006 it has grown in scale and reputation. With more than 1,300 students enrolled in its programmes (LLB, LLM, JD, Postgraduate Certificate in Laws and MPhil/PhD) it is the largest provider of legal education in Hong Kong, and it is ranked in the top 50 law schools worldwide by both the Times Higher Education and QS rankings systems. Its strength in research was recognised in the 2014 Research Assessment Exercise conducted by the Hong Kong University Grants Committee when it was ranked ahead of all other law schools in Hong Kong with 64% of its research ranked as “world leading” or “internationally significant”.

Further information about the Faculty is available at

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