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The Rule of Law in Asia

Benchmarking the Ten-Year Development of the Rule of Law in Asia from 1999-2009
September 9-12, 2009
Taipei, Taiwan

 

The Mansfield Foundation, in collaboration with the National Taiwan University, conducted a two-day roundtable dialogue and public conference in Taiwan on the Rule of Law in Asia September 9-12, 2009.  The program marks the resumption of a series of conferences and meetings focused on the Rule of Law in Asia, a project initiated by the Mansfield Foundation in 1999.  This program was organized in cooperation with internationally renowned rule of law expert Jerome A. Cohen (Professor, New York University Law School and Adjunct Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations), Tsung-fu Chen (Associate Dean of the Law College, National Taiwan University), and Hsin-chun Wang (Assistant Professor of Law, National Taiwan University).

 

Preparatory Work Session
The first part of the program convened a small group of government officials, policymakers, legal scholars and lawyers from Japan, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Vietnam and the U.S. for a preparatory closed-door work session.  Participants engaged in dialogues and debates about capacity building and legal reforms, corruption, human rights issues, an independent judiciary, freedom of the press, and effective governance.  Current events and high-profile court cases were used to illustrate developments in the rule of law in each country.

 

 

 

Rule of Law dialogue participants prepared for the conference in closed-door work sessions.

 

 

Dialogue participants also met with local judges, government officials, and scholars to discuss the current legal, economic, social, and political issues facing the government and people of Taiwan and how different organizations cope with administrative and judicial reforms.  Their visits included meetings with: President of the Republic of China Ma Ying-jeou; President of the Judicial Yuan and Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court Lai In-jaw; and President and Speaker of the Legislative Yuan Wang Jin-pyng. 

 

 

 

 

Rule of Law dialogue participants met with President of the Republic of China

Ma Ying-jeou

 

 

Roundtable Dialogue Participants:

  • Wen-Chen Chang, Associate Professor of Law at National Taiwan University College of Law

  • Albert H.Y. Chen, Professor of Law at the University of Hong Kong

  • Tsung-fu Chen, Associate Dean of Law College and Professor of Law at National Taiwan University

  • Yu-Jie Chen, Research Fellow, U.S.-Asia Law Institute, New York University

  • Jerome Cohen, Professor at New York University Law School and Adjunct Senior Fellow, Asia Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

  • Hualing Fu, Professor of Law and Head of the Department of Law at the University of Hong Kong

  • Bui Thi Bich Lien, Deputy Director of the Judicial Development and Grassroots Engagement Project (JUDGE)

  • Eun-Young Park, Partner at Kim & Chang

  • Yeong-chin Su, Professor of Law at National Chengchi University School of Law

  • Frank K. Upham, Wilf Family Professor of Property Law at New York University School of Law

  • Hsin-chun Wang, Assistant Professor of Law at National Taiwan University

  • Jaw-perng Wang, Professor of Law at National Taiwan University College of Law.

  • Jiunn-rong Yeh, Professor of Law at National Taiwan University College of Law

Public Conference
On September 11, National Taiwan University Law School hosted a half-day public conference on the Rule of Law in Asia featuring dialogue participants. Professor Tsung-fu Chen and Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation Deputy Executive Director Paige Cottingham-Streater gave the opening remarks. Ms. Paige Cottingham-Streater moderated the conference and the participants from Asia presented summaries of the rule of law in their countries. Professor Frank K. Upham led a moderated discussion on the Rule of Law in Asia, and Professor Jerome Cohen gave the closing remarks.  Legal scholars, judges, and students and alumni from National Taiwan University Law School attended the conference.

 

Agenda:
Welcome Remarks
Tsung-fu Chen
Associate Dean of the Law College and Professor of Law
National Taiwan University

 

Paige Cottingham-Streater

Deputy Executive Director
The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation

 

Reports on the Rule of Law in Asia
Taiwan
Hsin-chun Wang
Assistant Professor of Law
National Taiwan University

 

Mainland China
Hualing Fu
Professor of Law
Head of the Department of Law
University of Hong Kong

 

Hong Kong
Albert H.Y. Chen
Professor of Law
Department of Law                                                                            
University of Hong Kong

 

Vietnam
Bui Thi Bich Lien
Deputy Director
Judicial Development and Grassroots Engagement Project

 

Korea
Eun-Young Park
Partner
Kim & Chang

 

Japan
Kazuko Ito
Attorney at Law and Secretary General, Human Rights Now

 

Moderated Discussion
Lead Discussant
Frank K. Upham
Professor of Property Law, Co-Director of the U.S.-Asia Law                                   
Institute
New York University

 

Closing Commentary
Jerome Cohen
Professor of Law, Co-Director of the U.S.-Asia Law Institute
New York University

 

Closing Remarks
Tsung-fu Chen
Associate Dean of the Law College and Professor of Law
National Taiwan University

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Participants presented their findings and compared rule of law developments in their countries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal scholars, judges, and students and alumni from National Taiwan University Law School attended the September 11 conference.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For information on the 2002 Rule of Law program, please click here.

 

 

 

 

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