Dr. Francine HUG is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Chinese University of Hong Kong working on coal phase-out along the Belt & Road and Just Energy Transition Partnerships. Previously, she was a Visiting Scholar at East-West Center (USA). Prior to academia, Francine served as Senior Economic Officer at the Embassy of Switzerland to China, Mongolia, and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, where she negotiated treaties and provided ministerial advice on trade and energy laws.

Highest Level of Education

Doctorate and post-doctoral

Current Job/Study field

Academia / research


Switzerland Flag Switzerland

Current employer

Chinese University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Law

Work experience

  • Postdoctoral Fellow
    Chinese University of Hong Kong - Full-time From March 2023 to Present

    - Hong Kong Research Grant Council project entitled ‘Phasing out Coal along the Belt and Road: Traditional Regulation and Market-based Approaches’ led by Professor Anatole Boute; rn- Aiming at advancing in-depth understanding of legal reforms to accelerate coal-fired power generation phase-out along the BRI while minimising legal tensions between foreign investors and host states;rn- Focusing on legal regimes of key destinations for Chinese coal-based electricity investments in Asia.

  • Senior Economic Officer
    Embassy of Switzerland to China, Mongolia, and DPRK - Full-time From February 2011 to September 2015

    Active involvement in bilateral Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations between Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and Chinese Ministries; Monitoring and follow-up negotiations on FTA implementation;rnNegotiations and revisions (Chinese version) of bilateral Agreements i.e. Double-taxation; Investment; Transport; Energy; Environment; Social Security; Pharmaceutical, Chemical and Cosmetics; Medical Devices; Clean technology projects in Sino-Swiss Ecological Industrial Park.

  • Project Officer
    CCEFIRO - Foro Salud - Full-time From January 2016 to June 2016

    Awareness-raising workshops in regional municipalities on HIV-prevention; Proposal of health policy amendments in current legislation for improved rights and fairer access to health infrastructure for people living with AIDS, particularly from vulnerable communities and including Indigenous and LGBTQIA+ rights; Regular meetings with Members of Parliament and relevant Ministries in view of the presidential elections; Coordination with pharmaceutical companies for better access to HIV-medication.

  • Liaison Officer
    Organisation of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Switzerland - Full-time From December 2014 to December 2014

    In charge of high-level delegation representing the Republic of Korea at the Ministerial Council; Coordination with OSCE Taskforce and Protocol Service of Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.

  • Lecturer and Project Officer
    University Jean-Price Mars, Haiti Cosmos Foundation - Full-time From February 2012 to February 2012

    Teaching of English module with focus on Macroeconomics and Political Economy at University Jean-Price Mars and Ecole Polytechnique du Centre; rnProject assistance in remote dispensaries and laboratory for medicinal plants;rnFundraising and reporting for the NGO Haiti Cosmos Foundation and Swiss Association of Friends of Sister Emmanuelle.

  • Project Manager
    Blue Mountain Coffee Farms Ltd. - Full-time From November 2009 to February 2010

    Reporting on sustainable development for smallholder farming communities; Assistance in irrigation, soil protection, stove construction and hydro-electric power device projects; Setting-up of the NGO Kilimanjaro Project Initiative Charitable Association; Cooperation on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG) precursors, and micro-financing with German Development Agency (GIZ), local and international NGOs, as well as business partners like Starbucks.


  • PhD in Law
    National University of Singapore From August 2016 to May 2022
  • MA in International Law
    School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London From September 2008 to September 2009
  • BA in Chinese Studies and Economics
    Beijing Language and Culture University From August 2004 to January 2008

Area of expertise

Climate policy Coal Competition Law Emissions Trading Systems (ETS) Energy consumers' rights Energy Law Energy policy Environmental policy Environmental Regulation Institutional/public affairs


  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Simplified Chinese
  • Spanish
  • Swiss German
  • Traditional Chinese


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