Postdoc Fellow

Dr Ying Shen

Current Fellows

Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research
Schifferstraße 44
47059 Duisburg

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Dr Ying Shen joins the Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research as a Postdoc Fellow from March 2018 to February 2019. She conducts her research in the Research Unit "Pathways and Mechanisms of Global Cooperation".

Research Project at the Centre

A Critical Analysis of Cooperative Approaches to Climate Change Mitigation under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement

To encourage more countries to commit to taking part in a global mitigation regime, the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change mitigation confirmed an increasing support for carbon markets. Particularly, given the failure of global cooperation in the post-Kyoto mitigation regime, Article 6 of the Paris Agreement provides three approaches to emissions reduction in the use of international cooperation mechanisms. In this context, questions are to be asked: 1) how can cooperative implementation mechanisms established by the Kyoto Protocol explain the trajectory of gloomy global cooperation in the governance of climate change mitigation; 2) are cooperative approaches as stipulated in Article 6 of the Paris Agreement effective approaches to promoting global cooperation in current mitigation regime; and 3) if not, what alternative approaches or recommendations can be provided to keep cooperation on climate change mitigation alive at a global scale.

This project first aims to develop a dynamic understanding of global cooperation in the governance of climate change mitigation. Particularly, it aims to analyze the failed attempts of global cooperation in a top-down manner through investigating how market-based climate change mechanisms (such as the ET) established by the Kyoto Protocol explain the unsuccessful global cooperation after the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol. Meanwhile, it aims to check the effectiveness of the three cooperative approaches provided by Article 6 of the Paris Agreement – i.e., direct bilateral cooperation (Article 6.2),  new sustainable development mechanism (Article 6.4), and non-market-based approaches (Article 6.8).  Through conducting an empirical study on the three approaches in the use of international cooperation mechanisms, successful instances and failed attempts of global cooperation – as well as how these experiences have in turn fostered or hampered further cooperation – will be identified and investigated to shed light on the durability, reversibility, linearity or changeability of global governance arrangements in the field of climate change mitigation. Alternative approaches or recommendations will be provided where necessary at the end of this research.

Research Interests

  • Climate Change Mitigation
  • Carbon Emissions Reduction Mechanisms
  • Climate Law and Policy
  • Environmental Law and Policy
  • Environmental Governance


06/2017-08/2017 Mercator Institute for China Studies, Berlin
Program Economy & Technology
Visiting Academic Fellow
06/2015-06/2017 Southern Cross University, Lismore, Australia
School of Law and Justice
Adjunct Research Fellow
11/2015-04/2016 Southern Cross University, Lismore, Australia
School of Law and Justice
Endeavour Research Fellow
07/2015-10/2015 Bond University, Gold Coast, Australia
Faculty of Law
Australia-APEC Women in Research Fellow
02/2015-07/2015 Western Sydney University, Australia
School of Law
Casual Lecturer
03/2011-04/2015 Western Sydney University, Australia
School of Law
09/2010-02/2011 Jiangsu Wuxi People's Intermediate Court, China
Court of Trial Supervision
Assistant Judge
10/2008-09/2009 Georg-August-University Göttingen
Faculty of Law
09/2006-03/2010 Nanjing University, China
Sino-German Institute for Legal Studies
09/2002-06/2006 Nanjing University, China
Law School

Selected Publications

Shen, Ying (2015): China’s Way to Carbon Emissions Reduction: The Choice of Regulatory Instruments and Its Legal Challenges, Wolters Kluwer.

Shen, Ying, & Feng, J. (2017): ‘Linking China’s ETS with the EU ETS: Possibilities and Institutional Challenges’, in:  Environmental Policy and Law 47(3-4), pp. 127-133.

Shen, Ying (2015): ‘Crossing the River by Groping for Stones: China’s Pilot Emissions Trading Schemes and the Challenges for a National Scheme’, in: 18 Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law 1, pp. 1-41.

Shen, Ying (2014): ‘An Overview of China’s Environmental Legislation Regarding Climate Change’, in: 2(1) ELR China Update, pp. 1-5.

Shen, Ying (2014): ‘Combating Climate Change: China’s Efforts on Environmental Legislation’, in:  Environmental Law Reporter: News & Analysis 44(3), pp. 10153-10162.

Shen, Ying (2013): ‘Moving Steadily or Great Leap Forward? The Emerging Carbon Market in China’, in: Deakin Law Review 18(2), pp. 233-270.

Shen, Ying (2013): ‘Environmental Policies Concerning Climate Change in China: A Contemporary and Holistic View’,in: Environmental Law Reporter: News & Analysis 43(12), pp. 11086-11097.

Jeffery, M and Shen, Ying (2012): ‘The Likelihood of a Carbon Tax in China: Wishful Thinking or a Real Possibility?’, in: Tulane Environmental Law Journal 25(2), pp. 419-452.

Feng, J and Shen, Ying (2014): ‘Patent’s Role in the Case of Carbon Leakage: Beyond the Orthodox View’, in: Proceedings of the 3rd Annual International Conference on Law, Regulations and Public Policy, pp. 77-81 (ISSN: 2251-3809).

Shen, Ying (2013): ‘Key Issues on Designing and Implementing Emissions Trading System in China’, in: Proceedings of the Third Asian Conference on Sustainability, Energy and the Environment, pp. 286-299, (ISSN: 2186-2311).

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Casual Lecturer, 'International Climate Law', School of Law, Western Sydney University, February-July 2015.
  • Guest Lecturer, 'Chinese Environmental Law', International Law Course, Faculty of Law, Bond University, 30 June 2015.

Seminars and Conferences

  • Presenter, ‘The Chinese ETS: From Sub-National Pilots to a National ETS’, MERICS Colloquium, Berlin, Germany, 24 July 2017.
  • Presenter, ‘Key Issues on Designing and Implementing Emissions Trading System in China’, The Third Asian Conference on Sustainability, Energy and the Environment, Osaka, Japan, 7 June 2013.
  • Presenter, ‘Developing a National Legal and Policy Framework in China for the Control of Carbon Emissions’, UWS School of Law Research Colloquium, Sydney, Australia, 28 November 2012.


  • MERICS International Fellowship, Mercator Institute for China Studies, Jun. 2017 – Aug. 2017, Germany
  • Endeavour Research Fellowship, Australian Government, Nov. 2015 – Apr. 2016, Australia
  • Australia-APEC Women in Research Fellowship, Australian Government, Jul. – Oct. 2015, Australia
  • Equity Scholarship, Council of International Students Australia (CISA), 2015, Australia
  • Australian Postgraduate Award, Australian Government, 2011-2014, Australia
  • Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Students Abroad, China Scholarship Council, 2013, China
  • Excellent Postgraduate Scholarship, Nanjing University, 2009, China
  • DAAD One-year Scholarship, German Academic Exchange Service, 2008-2009, Germany
  • Outstanding Graduate, Nanjing University, 2006, China
  • People Scholarship, Nanjing University, 2003-2005, China

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