Note that one of the main themes includes 'Legal Studies: Developing Taiwanese Jurisprudence – Transplantation, Adaption, and Creation':
Following industrialization and democratization in the later decades of the 20th century, Taiwan has been recognized as a country supporting human rights and the rule of law in the international arena. Given its late adoption of these norms, however, how exactly has Taiwan developed (and how will it continue to develop) its own jurisprudence? Taiwan’s long tradition of adapting foreign law into domestic law speak to questions of how to localize foreign law, adjust them to local contexts, internalize their presumptively foreign values, and gain public support and democratic legitimacy. Why and how did Taiwanese legislators, judges, and other actors transplant foreign law? Did they create localized interpretations to adapt to Taiwanese social and cultural factors? Are there gaps between transplanted laws and citizens’ consciousness of law? What is the value of comparative law for Taiwanese jurisprudence?
From an international and transnational perspective, how does the precarious international status of Taiwan offer distinctive views on the spread and propagation of international legal frameworks and practices? What are the implications for international treaty law given that Taiwan has often enacted into domestic laws those international treaties it has no means to sign onto? Moreover, how can Taiwan’s experience in the development of law become a significant case in the global context? We encourage submissions that speak to Taiwan’s role as a taker/inheritor of as well as a maker/creator of jurisprudence.
The conference theme is 'Taiwan in Theory':
concerns; we suggest, following several speakers from the 2012 conference, that Taiwan's potential lies in being a "method" or "modality" that not only contributes to theory, but also, challenging the implicit power
relationships partitioning the globe into spaces of theory creation and spaces of data collection, changes how we think about theory. How does Taiwan's distinctive international situation challenge how we think about
sovereignty, international law, colonialism and empire, security and new social/political movements? Collapsing what we mean by theory versus practice, what emerging social forms, styles of governance, legal practices, forms of affect, and new ways of thinking are developing within Taiwan itself? How can research in Taiwan contribute (and how is it already contributing) to both answering and asking these new questions as they appear in anthropology, film studies, history, legal studies, literature, sociology, and political science?