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Y. (Yu) Chen LLM

Faculty of Law
Public International Law
Photographer: Yu Chen

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
Postal address
  • Postbus 15859
    1001 NJ Amsterdam
Contact details
  • Educational Background

    Bachelor of Laws: Chongqing University, China (1996-2000)

    Master of Laws: Southwest University of Political Science and Laws, China (2000-2003)

    Master of Laws with Distinction (L.L.M.): School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, UK (2009-2010)



  • Professional Experience
    • Judge at Guangzhou Intermediate People's Court (China), July 2003-May 2011;
    • Coordinator of Green Finance Project at Green Watershed (A environmental NGO in Kunming, China), June 2011-August 2012;
    • PhD Research Fellow at the Netherlands China Law Centre (NCLC), September 2012 - present.



  • Research Topic

    Chen Yu's present research topic is Social Media's Role in Environmental Law Enforcement in China: Observation on the Regulator.

    • This research chiefly aims to understand how and under what conditions social media influences environmental regulation in China. It seeks to do so by studying the impact of social media on administrative environmental agencies and the staff working there. It seeks to understand how the consumption and production of social media shapes their regulatory activities. Doing so the study will be able to capture one of the ways through which social media influence regulation, namely its influence on administrative environmental law enforcement.
    • To understand the broader theoretical implication of this study to regulatory law and law enforcement, the present research is also about:

              a)        to compare the autonomy, capacity, style and effectiveness of environmental law enforcement in China before and after social media’s occurrence and/or introduction in enforcement work;

               b)       to compare findings of how social media is consumed and produced by the environmental regulator and how this impacts the enforcement of environmental law against existing studies on social media’s role in other regulatory fields in China , especially anti-corruption;

               c)        to compare findings of this research about social media’s role in regulation in the context of responsive authoritarianism in China and other scholars’ discussion on what is happening in democratic settings.

               d)       to compare findings of this research with existing studies about how broader social forces shape regulatory enforcement, looking for the similarities and differences when social media comes unto the scene.

                e)        to draw out the comparative findings using qualitative comparative analysis (QCA) to develop hypotheses about the different ways and conditions under which social media influence regulatory enforcement.

    Chen Yu's research interests also include:


    • environmental justice in China
    • financial sector's social and environmental responsibility and its realization in Chinese law
    • international environmental law  
    • court, judge and China's judicial reform  
    • Intellectual Property Right 



  • Contact

    Address:  The Netherlands China Law Centre (NCLC), University of Amsterdam (UvA) Law School | Oudemanhuispoort 4-6, Room G-S07, 1012 CN, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


    Tel.: +31 - (0)20 - 525 7149   

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