JingJing Zhang is using research and legal test cases to strengthen civil society’s ability to ensure Chinese overseas companies’ compliance with environmental laws and international human rights treaties that China has signed and ratified. An environmental litigator who has represented pollution victims and helped communities organize public hearings on environmental rights, Zhang will travel to Africa, South America, and Central Asia to identify potential test cases for litigation.
Through her work with the Beijing-based Center for Legal Assistance to Pollution Victims between 1999 and 2008, Zhang won several milestone cases in the Chinese courts, including a successful environmental class-action suit against a chemical company that discharged toxic substances to rivers in Fujian Province. From 2009 to 2012, she was deputy China country director of PILnet: The Global Network for Public Interest Law, working on promoting public interest litigation in China. She has been selected as a Yale World Fellow (2008) and Asia Society Asia 21 Fellow (2009), and won the SEE-TNC (The Nature Conservancy) Eco-Award in 2011.
Zhang earned her master’s degree in public administration in May 2013 from Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, and her law degrees from China.