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Taiwan & International Human Rights with Chang-fa Lo & William Alford

Taiwan & International Human Rights with Chang-fa Lo & William Alford


Thursday, September 26, 2019
Furman Hall, Room 318
245 Sullivan Street
New York, New York, 10012
12:15-1:50 pm

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About the Speakers

Chang-fa LO

Professor Chang-fa Lo is Justice of the Constitutional Court, Taiwan, ROC. He was Dean of NTU College of Law; NTU Chair Professor; Distinguished Professor; founding Director of Asian Center for WTO and Int’l Health Law and Policy of NTU Law (ACWH); founding Director of Center for Ethics, Law and Society in Biomedicine and Technology of NTU; Commissioner of the Fair Trade Commission; and Commissioner of International Trade Commission. He received the National Chair Professorship Award by Ministry of Education and the Outstanding Scholarship Chair Professor Award by the Foundation for Advancement of Outstanding Scholarship. In his capacity as ACWH Director, he launched two English journals: the “Asian Journal of WTO and Int’l Health Law and Policy” (AJWH, an SSCI listed journal) and “Contemporary Asia Arbitration Journal” (CAAJ) in 2006 and 2008 respectively. In his capacity as Dean of NTU College of Law, he also launched an English “NTU Law Review” for the college in 2006. He was appointed by the Director General of the WTO as panelist for the disputes of DS332 Brazil —Retreaded Tyre in 2006 and DS468 Ukraine — Definitive Safeguard Measures in 2014 and was also appointed as a member of the Permanent Group of Experts (PGE) of the WTO. He was a practicing lawyer prior to joining the academics. He received his LL.M. and SJD degrees from Harvard Law School. He is still chairing the Asia WTO Research Network, which covers 17 jurisdictions and 52 members from these jurisdictions. He authored 13 books (including the most recent one of “Treaty Interpretation under the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties: A New Round of Codification”, Springer 2017); edited 7 books (including “Taiwan and International Human Rights: A Story of Transformation” co-edited with Jerome Cohen and William Alford, expected to be published in October 2018 by Springer); and published more than one hundred journal papers and book chapters.

William Alford

William P. Alford is a scholar of Chinese law and legal history. His books include To Steal a Book is an Elegant Offense: Intellectual Property Law in Chinese Civilization (Stanford University Press 1995), Raising the Bar: The Emerging Legal Profession in East Asia (Harvard East Asian Legal Studies 2007), 残疾人法律保障机制研究 (A Study of Legal Mechanisms to Protect Persons with Disabilities) (Huaxia Press 2008, with Wang Liming and Ma Yu’er), Prospects for the Professions in China (Routledge 2011, with William Kirby and Kenneth Winston) and Taiwan and International Human Rights: A Story of Transformation (forthcoming Springer 2018, with Jerome Cohen and Lo Chang-fa).

Professor Alford is the founding Chair of the Harvard Law School Project on Disability which provides pro bono services on issues of disability in China, Bangladesh, the Philippines, Vietnam and several other nations. He is Lead Director and Chair of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of Special Olympics International (which serves individuals with intellectual disabilities in more than 170 jurisdictions around the world). In 2008, Special Olympics honored him for his work for persons with intellectual disabilities in China.