About the Forum and the 9th Host Institution

The Asian Constitutional Law Forum is the biennial meeting of the Association for Asian Constitutional Studies (AACS). It provides a venue for scholars and experts on Asian Constitutional Studies to exchange research ideas, form collaborative research networks, and facilitate publications.

The Forum was first held at the Seoul National University, Korea in 2005; the second meeting  at the Centre for Asian Legal Exchange at Nagoya University in 2007; the third at the College of Law of National Taiwan University in 2009; the fourth at the Centre for Comparative and Public Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong in 2011; the fifth at the Centre for Public Law at Tsinghua University School of Law in Beijing in 2013; the sixth at the Centre for Asian Legal Studies, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore in 2015; the seventh at Thammasat University Faculty of Law in Bangkok in 2017; and the eighth at the School of Law of Vietnam National University in 2019.

About Academia Sinica

Academia Sinica is the flagship national research institution of the Republic of China (Taiwan). It was founded in China in 1928 to undertake scholarly research in humanities, social science, and natural science. From the very start it was intended to be an institutional haven for the top tier of Chinese intelligentsia amidst the political turmoil of early republican China. After the ROC government moved to Taiwan in 1949, Academia Sinica was re-founded in Taipei. It continued to be the bulwark for the Chinese liberal intellectuals. One of the most prominent early post-war President of the academy was Hu Shi (胡適). Hu Shih was a preeminent philosopher and has been considered an iconic figure in Chinese liberalism. He played an important role in checking the power of Chiang Kai-shek in the 50s.

Over the years, Academia Sinica has developed into a modern research institution with a proud heritage and worldwide reputation. It has three Divisions (Mathematics and Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, and Humanities and Social Sciences) encompassing twenty-four Research Institutes and eight Research Centers. They are headed by world-renowned scholars and staffed by highly trained, motivated, and creative researchers. Apart from creating new areas of intellectual endeavor, Academia Sinica is also taking a leadership role in launching new initiatives to meet a broad spectrum of challenges that Taiwan and the world is currently facing.

For full introduction, see https://www.sinica.edu.tw/en/articles/12.

About Institutum Iurisprudentiae

Institutum Iurisprudentiae, Academia Sinica (IIAS) was founded, first as a preparatory office in 2004, and was granted full official status in 2011. As a national research institution, IIAS assumes no teaching duties and plays a different role from the law departments and graduate schools in universities across the country. It aims to build up new paradigms for legal studies, enhance the development of the Rule of Law in Taiwan, and lead the country’s legal academia to achieve academic excellence at the international level.

Currently comprising eighteen full-time research staff members, IIAS focuses on six core research areas: (i) Constitutional Structure and Human Rights; (ii) Administrative Regulation and Judicial Remedies; (iii) Law, Science, and Technology; (iv) Jurisprudence and Social Transformation; (v) Legal Development in China, Hong Kong, and Macau; (iv) Comparative Study of Judicial Systems, Empirical Study of Judicial Behavior, and Legislative Studies. It has two research centers equipped with full time staff, including the Center for Empirical Legal Studies and the Information Law Center. It is the host of Academia Sinica Law Journal (中研院法學期刊), which publishes mainly in Chinese and is one of the top-tier academic law journals in Taiwan. Over the years, IIAS has established itself as a highly respected legal academic institute in Taiwan.

For full introduction, see https://www.iias.sinica.edu.tw/en/introduction