Law & Democratization 
in Taiwan and South Korea:
Twenty Years' Experience

Quarles and Brady Reading Room
University of Wisconsin Law School
October 19-20, 2007

Hosted by Professor John Ohnesorge, Vice-Director of the UW East Asian Legal Studies Center. Cosponsored by The Global Legal Studies Center (a joint project of the Law School and the Division of International Studies) and the Center for East Asian Studies at UW-Madison, with substantial support from The Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office, Chicago, and the Seoul National University Foundation.


1987 was a key year in the democratization of both Taiwan and South Korea.  Martial law was lifted in Taiwan, while in South Korea military rule came to an end and the current constitution was adopted.  While much has been written about the political circumstances surrounding these momentous events, much less has been written relating law and legal institutions to the democratization process.  The primary goal of this conference is to address explicitly the role of law and legal institutions in the democratization of Taiwan and South Korea, before 1987, as well as after.  While attention will be paid to constitutional law, this conference will also address ways in which other bodies of law, such as corporate, labor, property, criminal or electoral law, have interacted with the democratization process.



Conference Papers

Professor Kyong-Whan Ahn
Professor Wen-Chen Chang,
Professor Tsung-fu Chen,
Professor Hong Sik Cho,
Professor Kuk Cho
Professor Jerome Cohen 
Professor Javier Couso, 
Professor Anuj Desai (outline),
Professor Tom Ginsburg,
Professor Chaihark Hahm
Professor Cheng-Yi Huang,
Professor Joongi Kim,
Professor Chang-Hee Lee
Professor Ilhyung Lee,
Professor Andrew Lin,
Professor Wen-cheng Lin,
Professor Chin-Shou Wang
Professor Jiunn-rong Yeh

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