On Thursday, October 24, Professor Yun-chien Chang from Academia Sinica in Taiwan sat down with Professor Jerome Cohen to discuss various topics, including his academic career and research interests.

Over the course of an hour, Professor Cohen delved into Professor Chang’s personal history and attitude toward theoretical and empirical approaches to the law. Professor Chang began his academic career in law, a field that his father suggested he pursue, sensing that it would lead to a successful career in politics. Yet, as early as high school, Professor Chang had other goals for himself. He wanted to be an academic. “Nobody would listen to my ideas when I was in high school,” Professor Chang recalled. “I thought, if you become an academic, people will listen to what you have to say.”

Ten years and four law degrees later, Professor Chang had developed into a scholar with an affinity for theory in the field of law and economics. He is now an Associate Research Professor at Institutum Iurisprudentiae, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, and serves as the Deputy Director of its Empirical Legal Studies Center. Professor Chang’s current academic interests focus on economic, empirical, and comparative analysis of property law and land use law. He has published prolifically on these topics, and his articles have appeared in Journal of Legal Studies, Journal of Legal Analysis, Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, Journal of Empirical Legal StudiesThe University of Chicago Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, Supreme Court Economic Review, among others. His book in English, Private Property and Takings Compensation: Theoretical Framework and Empirical Analysis, was published by Edward Elgar in 2013. Empirical Legal Analysis: Assessing the Performance of Legal Institutions, a book Professor Chang edited, will be published by Routledge in 2014.

Professor Chang is currently working on a new book on economic analysis of property law in China and Taiwan.

Professor 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, Professor Chang had earned LL.B. and LL.M. degrees at National Taiwan University and passed the Taiwan bar. He also has working experience with prestigious law firms in Taiwan and served as a legal assistant for the International Trade Commission.