Sadly, wars remain a reality in our turbulent world.
We are however living in perhaps the most peaceful period in human history.
A significant reason is the rapid development of international law, and respect for these rules of global order.
Over the past century, states have cooperated to establish and enforce rules to limit the use of force, protect sovereignty of states, and to address humanitarian consequences of wars.
While international law is imperfect, it has been a key reason in preventing another world war.
In this seminar, Professors Kevin Chang and Wen-Chen Chang will discuss the power of international law, and analyse how international law protects Taiwan as it faces unprecedented challenges to its sovereignty and security.
Topic: Safeguarding Taiwan’s Security through the Power of International Law
Date: 25 October 2023(Wed)
Venue: General Building South Wing Classroom 270109 綜南270109
Registration Link: https://shorturl.at/hqTUW
- Kevin Chang(NCCU International College of Innovation)
Kevin Chang is Associate Professor in the International College of Innovation at National Chengchi University, where he teaches Public International Law and International Organisations. Prof Chang has over 20 years of professional experience, which includes serving the United Nations across nine countries at headquarters and in the field, including work with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UN peacekeeping operations and World Food Programme. In recent years he has served as a senior justice and legal advisor with the UN in Myanmar, Ethiopia, South Sudan and Timor-Leste. Earlier in his career he served with the UN in Nepal and at UN Headquarters in New York and Geneva. Prof Chang has also been a civil servant in the Australian Federal Government, most recently as Director of Human Rights Policy at the Attorney-General’s Department. In recent times he has been based in Geneva, Switzerland and has worked as a legal advisor with the International Committee of the Red Cross. Prof Chang was born in Taipei, and as a young adult followed his parents to Australia, where he completed his education. He holds a Juris Doctor and a master’s in peace and conflict studies from the University of Sydney, and a Master of Laws from the Australian National University. He is a Lawyer admitted to the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory, and is a qualified conflict mediator and war crimes investigator. Apart from his pursuits in international law and human rights, Prof Chang likes to play tennis and is an avid traveller.
- Wen-Chen Chang(NTU College of Law)
Wen-Chen Chang is Distinguished Professor of National Taiwan University College of Law and Joint-Appointment Professor at National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University School of Law. Her teaching and research interests lie in comparative constitutional law, international human rights, administrative laws, and law and society. She has published major scholarly works on comparative constitutional studies including coedited volumes of Constitutionalism in Asia: Cases and Materials (Hart Publishing, 2014), Asian Courts in Context (Cambridge University Press, 2015), and Gender, Sexuality and Constitutionalism in Asia (Hart Publishing, forthcoming 2023). She serves in the editorial boards of International Journal of Constitutional Law, Cambridge Journal of Global Constitutionalism, Asian Journal of Comparative Law, and Asian Journal of Law and Society. She has received numerous awards for her teaching and research including recently the Excellence in English Teaching Award by National Taiwan University in 2021 and the Outstanding Research Award by Taiwan’s Ministry of Science and Technology in 2015.
- Vivianne Weng (NCCU Dept. of Political Science)
- The International College of Innovation 創新國際學院
***Register by 24 October and get a free meal box!***