December 11, 2013
National Taiwan University Law School Conference: 
USALI Co-sponsors Challenge to China Book Program


USALI experts, including co-authors of Challenge to China: How Taiwan Abolished Its Version of Re-Education Through Labor Professor Jerome Cohen and Professor Margaret K. Lewis, held a 2-hour conference at National Taiwan University Law School. The event, focusing on issues presented by the recently published Challenge to China, welcomed over 150 students and was co-sponsored by National Taiwan University Law School. 

October 28-30, 2013
Delegation Visit: 
USALI Hosts Visiting Delegation of Judges from Taiwan Studying Jury Trials 


The Visiting Delegation with Professor James B. Jacobs (center), Professor Ira Belkin (left), Professor Andrew Schaffer, and Professor Jerome Cohen.

The Visiting Delegation with Professor James B. Jacobs (center), Professor Ira Belkin (left), Professor Andrew Schaffer, and Professor Jerome Cohen.

In late October, 2013, the U.S.-Asia Law Institute welcomed a delegation of nine judges from Taiwan’s Judicial Yuan, High and District Courts, and Judges Academy interested in studying the American jury trial system as a possible model for citizen participation in Taiwan’s judicial system.

Over the course of a three-day visit organized by Ms. Yu-Jie Chen, USALI Research Scholar and J.S.D. candidate at the NYU School of Law, the judges held in depth discussions regarding the American jury trial system with Jerome Cohen, USALI Co-Director and Professor of Law at NYU; Ira Belkin, USALI Executive Director and Adjunct Professor of Law at NYU; James B. Jacobs,  Chief Justice Warren E. Burger Professor of Constitutional Law and the Courts at NYU; Margaret K. Lewis, USALI Affiliated Scholar and Associate Professor of Law at Seton Hall School of Law; and Andrew Schaffer, Adjunct Professor of Law at NYU and former Deputy Commissioner of Legal Matters for the New York City Police Department.

In addition, the delegation visited New York federal and state courts. While at the courthouses, the delegation observed a probation violation hearing and jury trial, met with United States District Judge Jed S. Rakoff of the Southern District of New York and Judge Martin Marcus of the Bronx County Supreme Court, and discussed the American jury system with a representative of the Commissioner of Jurors.
USALI’s involvement in the organization of the delegation visit is representative of the Institute’s greater effort to increase intellectual exchanges between Taiwan and American practitioners and scholars. USALI’s recently launched Taiwan Rule of Law Initiative intends on accomplishing this through the following activities:

  • Publish scholarly books, articles and op-eds on Taiwan’s legal development and current legal debates;
  • Host visiting scholars and practitioners from Taiwan who are researching various aspects of Taiwan’s legal system, including criminal justice, human rights, legal institutions and public interest law;
  • Hold Chinese and English-language workshops and public programs about Taiwan’s legal development for NYU law students and faculty as well as the wider intellectual community;
  • Organize conferences that feature exchanges among experts from the United States, China and Taiwan on issues of common interest; and
  • Facilitate issue-focused study tours for Taiwanese scholars and legal professionals who visit the United States.

September 25, 2013
Lecture Series: 
The Ma-Wang Fallout
Pu Hsin-Chih
, Prosecutor, Taipei District Prosecutors Office


On Wednesday, September 25, Professor Jerome Cohen interviewed Taiwanese Prosecutor Jason Hsin-Chih Pu on the recent case concerning President Ma Ying-jeou and Wang Jin-pyng, President of Legislative Yuan. In addition to outlining the course of events that led to Wang Jin-pyng’s attempted removal from the KMT party, Prosecutor Pu discussed in great detail the structure of Taiwan’s governing bodies and its historical origins.
Prosecutor Pu is a visiting scholar at the U.S.-Asia Law Institute. In Taiwan, he is a prosecutor in the Taipei District Prosecutors Office.
For more on this evolving story, please follow this link.

May, 3 2013
Visiting Scholar Workshop Series: Legal Ethics
Sally Huahsin Yen, Lawyer, Taipei


USALI Visiting Scholar Workshop May 3, 2013: On Friday, May 3 , as part of the USALI Visiting Scholar Workshop Series, Visiting Scholar Sally Yen will present on Taiwan’s experience with legal ethics in practice and legal education. The presentation and Q&A session is scheduled for 4:00-5:30pm, with a small reception to follow. This is an English-language event.

Sally Yen is a practicing attorney and a researcher pioneering the field of legal ethics in Taiwan. She is currently a volunteer attorney at the Departmental Disciplinary Committee, First Department of the Supreme Court of New York State. Since completing her comparative study on attorneys’ ethics at Harvard Law School in 2007, she has been committed to the reform and promotion of professional responsibility in Taiwan while conducting private practice in the meantime. In 2009, she participated in amending the Attorneys Ethics Rules which was passed by Taiwan Bar Association later that year, followed by her editing of the Annotated Attorneys Ethics Rules published in 2011. She has lectured on “legal ethics” in the training institute for new attorneys, continuing legal education (CLE) for local bar associations and law schools. As the deputy commissioner of the Committee on Attorneys Act and Promotion of Legal Services in Taipei Bar Association, Ms. Yen has closely observed the real ethical challenges facing Taiwan’s legal profession today. She also endeavors to bring in latest thoughts by participating in international organizations, including the Center for Professional Responsibility of the American Bar Association and International Association on Legal Ethics. Her articles have appeared on Taiwan Bar Journal (Taiwan) and Judicial Reform Journal (Taiwan).

April 15, 2013
The Eighteenth Annual Timothy A. Gelatt Dialogue on the Rule of Law in Asia:  Criminal Justice in China and Taiwan


On April 15, 2013 over seventy people from the NYU Law and greater legal community convened for the U.S.-Asia Law Institute’s Annual Timothy A. Gelatt Dialogue established in memory of the late NYU law professor and Asian law scholar. This year’s event took the occasion of China’s revision of its Criminal Procedure Law and Taiwan’s independent Human Rights Review to chronicle China’s and Taiwan’s efforts to establish the rule of law in East Asia.  Visit our video gallery to see the event recording. 

April 9, 2013
Lecture Series: Demilitarization of Diaoyutai?
Annette Lu, Former Vice President, Republic of China on Taiwan (2000-2008)


 Annette Lu Hsiu-lien was the Vice President of the Republic of China (Taiwan) from 2000 to 2008, under Chen Shui-bian. She announced her intentions to run for President of Taiwan on March 6, 2007, but withdrew in order to support DPP presidential nominee, Frank Hsieh. Lu announced on February 25, 2011, that she would seek the DPP nomination for President of the Republic of China in 2012, but later withdrew her bid. Tsai Ing-wen, chairwoman of the DPP, finally won the nomination. Lu is a member of the Democratic Progressive Party and one of Taiwan’s independence advocates. Lu is also a prominent feminist activist.

April 3, 2013
Visiting Scholar Workshop Series: Evidence Rules in Taiwan’s Criminal Justice
Yu-Jen Lu, Criminal Judge of Taipei District Court


Yu-Jen Lu is a judge in the Taiwan Taipei District Court, and has eight years of experience presiding over criminal and civil trials. In 2010, Judge Lu was selected to be the special tribunal trial judge dealing with criminal cases involving violations of financial laws and regulations. He received his LL.B. degree from Soochow University in Taiwan, and enrolled in the LL.M. program in 2008 at National Chengchi University, where his research focused on financial laws and regulations.

Judge Lu has been recognized by the Judicial Yuan for his exceptional performance as a criminal trial judge in 2005, 2008 and 2009. His publications include the report on “Legal issues of foreign company public offerings in Taiwan.” He is also the director of judicial training and the Judicial Court Externship Course given to the postgraduates from the Institute of Technology Law at National Chiao Tung University.

March 15, 2013
Visiting Scholar Workshop Series: The Prosecutorial system in Taiwan
Shih-Kuo Liu, Prosecutor of Banqiao District Prosecutors Office


Visiting Scholar Workshop April 3, 2013: Yu-Jen Lu is a judge in the Taiwan Taipei District Court, and has eight years of experience presiding over criminal and civil trials. In 2010, Judge Lu was selected to be the special tribunal trial judge dealing with criminal cases involving violations of financial laws and regulations. He received his LL.B. degree from Soochow University in Taiwan, and enrolled in the LL.M. program in 2008 at National Chengchi University, where his research focused on financial laws and regulations.

Judge Lu has been recognized by the Judicial Yuan for his exceptional performance as a criminal trial judge in 2005, 2008 and 2009. His publications include the report on “Legal issues of foreign company public offerings in Taiwan.” He is also the director of judicial training and the Judicial Court Externship Course given to the postgraduates from the Institute of Technology Law at National Chiao Tung University.

March 13, 2013
Roundtable discussion: Taiwan’s Human Rights Review – Concluding Observations and Recommendations
Philip Alston, Professor of Law, NYU School of Law
Jerome Cohen, Professor of Law, NYU School of Law
Shanthi Dairiam, Malaysian human rights and women’s rights advocate and United Nations official

USALI Dialogue March 13, 2013: Featuring speakers Philip Alston, John Norton Pomeroy Professor of Law at the NYU School of Law; Jerome Cohen, Professor of Law at the NYU School of Law; Shanthi Dairiam, Malaysian human rights and women’s rights advocate and United Nations official