Yunxiang Shi

Yunxiang Shi

Birmingham Law School
Doctoral researcher

Contact details


  • BA(Hons) (Beihang University, China)
  • LLM in International Law (Beijing Normal University, China)


I graduated in 2009 with a BA from Beihang University in Beijing, China. In 2014, I obtained the LLM in International Law from the Law School of Beijing Normal University, China. My dissertation focused on the environmental regulations in Free Trade Agreements and their implementation in practice, which took China and ASEAN Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) as a case study and analysed the status quo of environmental rules in the Agreement. After achieving the master degree in law, I spent about one year working in a law firm in Beijing before kicking off my doctoral study since 2015 in the Birmingham Law School.

Doctoral research

PhD title
Assessing Effectiveness and Legality of Chinese Policies on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency: A Critical Analysis in the Context of WTO Legal System
Dr Luca Rubini and Professor Aleksandra Cavoski
Law PhD / PhD by Distance Learning / MPhil / MJur


Against the background of globally increasing climate change and China’s serious air pollution, my research focuses on two main research issues. The first is the effectiveness of Chinese policies on renewable energy and energy efficiency in the context of WTO legal system. The status quo of Chinese laws and policies on renewable energy and energy efficiency will be reviewed, and the deficiency of these policies and the potential reasons will be inspected and evaluated as well. The second main research question concerns the legality – in the context of the WTO legal system – of the key policies on renewable energy and energy efficiency in China. 

Other activities

  • Shi, Y. (2016) ‘China is There with the EU in Fighting with Global Climate Change’, in the “More or less Europe? The Future of European Law & Policy – the 5th Conference on European Law & Policy in Context” held on 23th – 24th June 2016 in Birmingham, UK.
  • Shi, Y. (2016) ‘How to Achieve China’s National Commitment in the INDCs?’, in the “International Conference of Compliance and Enforcement of Environmental Law: Recent Developments” organised by Research Institute of Environmental Law (RIEL) on 9-10 September 2016 in Wuhan University, China.
  • Personal website


  • Y, Shi. (2014) ‘Exploring Feasible Forms of Public Participation in Chinese Environmental Legislation and Law Enforcement’ (Chinese). LSS 2014(4), 45-46.