On October 8, the Harvard Law School Library hosted a book talk and panel discussion in celebration of “Taiwan and International Human Rights: A Story of Transformation,” coedited by HLS Prof. William Alford, vice dean for the Graduate Program and International Legal Studies and director of the East Asian Legal Studies Program; NYU Law Prof. Jerome A. Cohen, head of the NYU U.S.-Asia Law Institute; and Dr. Chang-fa Lo, former grand justice of the Constitutional Court of the ROC (Taiwan), and former dean of National Taiwan University Law School.
Published in 2019 by Springer as part of its Economics, Law and Institutions in Asia Pacific series, the book aims to tell the story of Taiwan’s transformation from an authoritarian regime to a democratic system where human rights are protected as required by international human rights treaties. The book reflects the transformation in Taiwan, from its martial law era to the progress that has since been made in human rights protection, and elaborates whether or not it is facilitated or hampered by its Confucian tradition.
The editors were joined by commentators Steven Goldstein, Sophia Smith Professor of Government, Emeritus at Smith College and Fellow, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies; Dr. Yu-Jie Chen, of Academia Sinica (Taiwan), and HLS S.J.D. candidate Dan Zhou, LL.M. ’16.
The event was cosponsored by the Harvard Law School Library and the East Asian Legal Studies Program at Harvard Law School.