Dr Wenting Cheng

Grand Challenge Fellow
MPhil in Laws (PKU), PhD (ANU)
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Dr Cheng is Grand Challenge Fellow for the Grand Challenge Project Zero Carbon Energy for the Asia-Pacific. She undertook her PhD project at the School of Regulation and Governance (RegNet) of the Australian National University from 2014 to 2018.  Wenting was a researcher at the Development and Research Center of State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) from August 2009 to January 2014. At the Center, she participated in over 20 research projects and submitted policy briefs related to China’s intellectual property laws, policies and national strategies, especially focusing on the patent system. She obtained her MPhil degree from Peking University in 2009. Wenting has published extensively in the area of intellectual property and the global governance of knowledge.


  • Grand Challenge Fellow, ANU Grand Challenge Project Zero Carbon Energy for the Asia-Pacific;
  • Member, ANU Centre on China in the World;
  • Member, ANU Energy Change Institute. 

Read selected publications in the ANU Digital Collection

Read selected publications in the ANU Digital Collection

Research biography

Starting as a Grand Challenge Research Fellow from 2020, my current work focuses on legal issues in relation to the energy transition. There are three specific topics:

1. The principle of technology neutrality in renewable energy technology regulation;

2. Using green certification as a way of regulation in the area of renewable energy (e.g. the green hydrogen certification) and green finance.

3. Rule complex at the intersection of trade and environment.  

Refereed journal articles

White, Lee V, Reza Fazeli, Wenting Cheng, Emma Aisbett, Fiona J Beck, Kenneth GH Baldwin, Penelope Howarth, and Lily O’Neill. "Towards Emissions Certification Systems for International Trade in Hydrogen: The Policy Challenge of Defining Boundaries for Emissions Accounting." Energy 215 (2021): 119139. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.energy.2020.119139

Cheng, Wenting. "The Protection of Genetic Resources in Chinese Patent Law." European Intellectual Property Review 43, no. 4 (2021): 248-55. https://uk.westlaw.com/Document/I50478FA087F011EB9DD8E40B062CABAC/View/FullText.html

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