Jingjing Zhang is a prominent Chinese environmental lawyer and a lecturer in law at the University of Maryland School of Law. She is the director of the Transnational Environmental Accountability Project and the founder of the China Accountability Project. She works on cutting-edge transnational environmental and climate lawsuits in the international development arena. Her team tests various legal avenues to ensure Chinese companies under China’s Belt and Road Initiative comply with environmental laws and international human rights norms in Africa and Latin America.
Through her work as the inaugural litigation director of the Beijing-based Center for Legal Assistance to Pollution Victims between 1999 and 2008, Jingjing won several milestone environmental litigation cases in the Chinese courts. She also worked for Natural Resource Defenses Council China Project and PILnet, the Global Network for Public Interest Law, Beijing office.
Jingjing Zhang has been dubbed the “Erin Brockovich of China” for her work litigating against polluting companies on behalf of affected communities within the country.
In 2017, Chinese environmental lawyer Jingjing Zhang (张兢兢) visited a village in Sierra Leone, near a Chinese-owned iron-ore mine.