Asia Law Weekly: Yun-chien Chang

Yun-chien Chang (NYU J.S.D. 2009)

Director, Empirical Studies, Institute of Law, Academia Sinica, Taiwan; expert in comparative property law.  Vanderbilt Hall  208 

Prof. Yun-chien Chang is an Associate Research Professor at Institutum Iurisprudentiae, Academia Sinica, Taiwan and serves as the Director of its Empirical Legal Studies Center. He was a visiting professor at the University of Chicago Law School, Cornell Law School, the law faculty at Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Haifa University, and Rotterdam Institute of Law and Economics. His current academic interests focus on economic, empirical and comparative analysis of property law and land use law, as well as empirical studies of the judicial system. Prof. Chang has authored and co-authored more than 70 journal articles and book chapters. His English articles have appeared or will appear in the The University of Chicago Law Review; Journal of Legal Studies; Journal of Legal Analysis; Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization; Journal of Empirical Legal StudiesNotre Dame Law Review; Iowa Law Review and the Supreme Court Economic Review, among others. 

His monograph Private Property and Takings Compensation: Theoretical Framework and Empirical Analysis (Edward Elgar; 2013) was a winner of the Scholarly Monograph Award in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Prof. Chang (co-)edited Empirical Legal Analysis: Assessing the Performance of Legal Institutions (Routledge; 2014), Law and Economics of Possession (Cambridge UP; 2015) and Private Law in China and Taiwan: Economic and Legal Analyses (Cambridge UP; 2016). Prof. Chang is also a co-author of Property and Trust Law in Taiwan (Wolter Kluwers; 2016). He authored two books in Chinese, Eminent Domain Compensation in Taiwan: Theory and Practice (Angle; 2013) and Economic Analysis of Property Law, Volume 1: Ownership (Angle; 2015), and also edited Empirical Studies of the Judicial Systems 2011 (Institutum Iurisprudentiae, Academia Sinica; 2013).

Prof. Chang’s academic achievements have won him the Career Development Award in 2016, Outstanding Scholar Award in 2016, Academia Sinica Law Journal Award in 2016, the Junior Research Investigators Award in 2015, the Best Poster Prize at 2011 CELS, and several research grants. He serves as Associate Editor of the International Review of Law and Economics; Editor of Asian Journal of Comparative Lawand a Panelist on American Law Institute’s Restatement Fourth, Property International Advisory Panel. 

Prof. Chang received his J.S.D. and LL.M. degree from New York University School of Law, where he was also a Lederman/Milbank Law and Economics Fellow and a Research Associate at the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, NYU. Before going to NYU, Prof. Chang had earned LL.B. and LL.M. degrees at National Taiwan University and passed the Taiwan bar. Prof. Chang has had working experience with prestigious law firms in Taiwan and has served as a legal assistant for the International Trade Commission.