Chen Weitseng

Institution: National University of Singapore, Faculty of Law

Dr Chen Weitseng is the Deputy Director of the National University of Singapore (NUS) Centre for Asian Legal Studies (CALS) and an Associate Professor at NUS Law. He specializes in comparative Asian law—particularly within greater China area, with an emphasis on law and development, property law and financial institutions. He received his JSD from Yale Law School where he was a Fulbright scholar. Thereafter, he worked for Stanford University as a Hewlett Fellow of the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL). Immediately before he joined NUS Faculty of Law, he worked as a corporate lawyer at Davis Polk & Wardwell.

Dr Chen’s recent research focuses on property rights transition in China and colonial Taiwan, China-Taiwan comparisons in terms of law and development as well as law and politics, and China’s interaction with global capital markets. He recently published the book entitled “The Beijing Consensus? How China has Changed the Western Ideas of Law and Economic Development” (Cambridge University Press, 2017) and is currently working on an edited book entitled “Authoritarian Legality in Asia: Formation, Development and Transition” (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2019). His other published articles can be found in the American Journal of Comparative Law, Journal of International Economic Law, Washington International Law Journal, Chicago Journal of International Law, Columbia Journal of Asian Law, and Australian Journal of Asian Law etc. He has held visiting academic appointments at Melbourne Law School, Harvard Law School, University of Tokyo, University of Washington School of Law, Academia Sinica Institutum Iurisprudentiae, FGV DIREITO SP Law School (Brazil), and National Taiwan University College of Law.

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