Alex Wang


Assistant Professor of Law

Home Department: School of Law

Areas of Interest

Environmental law, Chinese law, comparative law, and torts




Alex Wang joins the UCLA Law faculty as Assistant Professor of Law.  His primary research and teaching interests are in 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 Council on Foreign Relations and 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.

Selected Research

  • Climate Change Policy and Law in China, in Oxford Handbook of International Climate Change Law (edited by Gray, Tarasofsky, Carlarne, Oxford Univ. Press, forthcoming 2015). Full Text
  • Regulating Domestic Carbon Outsourcing: The Case of China and Climate Change, 61 UCLA Law Review 2018 (2014). Full Text
  • The Search for Sustainable Legitimacy: Environmental Law and Bureaucracy in China, 37 Harvard Environmental Law Review 365 (2013). Full Text