Lung-chu Chen

Professor of Law

Lung-chu Chen

An internationally recognized scholar of international law, human rights law, and U.S. constitutional law, Professor Lung-chu Chen has worked with a variety of government agencies, non-profit groups, and private firms throughout his distinguished career.

Professor Chen is passionately committed to fostering a global understanding of Taiwan. He formerly acted as an advisor to the President of Taiwan and is the founder of a dual-nation think tank based in Taiwan and the United States and travels frequently between the two countries. The Taiwan New Century Foundation and U.S.-based New Century Institute are dedicated to the advancement of human dignity values for Taiwan and the world community. Professor Chen is Editor-in-Chief of a quarterly journal, “New Century Think Tank Forum,” published jointly by the two think tanks. He delivered a weekly editorial comment for Formosa Television from 1998 to 2012 and is a frequent contributor to Taiwanese newspapers, especially the Liberty Times.

Professor Chen has served on the faculty of New York Law School for 36 years, teaching in the areas of international law, U.S. constitutional law, conflict of laws, human rights, and the United Nations. He previously served as Senior Research Associate and Senior Research Scholar at Yale Law School. He served on the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law and as Vice President and member of the Governing Council of the International League for Human Rights. He has served as Chairman of the Association of American Law Schools Section on International Law and President of the North America Taiwanese Professors’ Association (NATPA). He served for many years as a Director and a member of the Editorial Board of the American Society of Comparative Law and is currently a Director of the Policy Sciences Center. He was President of the Taiwanese Society of International Law, and Charter President of the Taiwan United Nations Alliance (TAIUNA), for which he now serves as Honorary President. Professor Chen is a member of the American Law Institute and previously served as chief editor of Human Rights, the official journal of the American Bar Association Section on Individual Rights and Responsibilities.

Professor Chen ranked first of 4,000 participants in Taiwan’s national examination for judgeship and other high governmental posts in 1957 and graduated first in his class from Department of Law of the National Taiwan University in 1958. He earned an LL.M. from Northwestern and from Yale, and a J.S.D. from Yale. Among his many honors are a Ford Foundation fellowship, a Yale fellowship, distinguished faculty writing awards, and best book awards in Taiwan. He has been a biographee of Who’s Who in the World.


An Introduction to Contemporary International Law: A Policy-Oriented Perspective. 2d ed., Yale University Press, 2001.

The Independence and Nation-Building of Taiwan. Taiwan: Moon Sun Publishing, 1993.

An Introduction to Contemporary International Law: A Policy-Oriented Perspective. Yale University Press, 1989.

Human Rights and World Public Order: The Basic Policies of an International Law of Human Dignity. Yale University Press, 1980 (with M.S. McDougal & H.D. Lasswell).

Formosa, China and the United Nations: Formosa in the World Community. St. Martin’s Press, 1967 (with H.D. Lasswell).


“Taiwan, China, and the United Nations.” Chapter 13 in The International Status of Taiwan in the New World Order: Legal and Political Considerations, at 189–206, edited by J. Henckaerts. Kluwer Law International, 1996.

“Prospects for Taiwan’s Membership in the United Nations.” In DPP’s International Conference on Taiwan’s Expanding Role in the International Arena: Entering into the United Nations. Taipei, 1993.

“Proposal for Adding an Inclusive Clause to the Draft Convention on the Rights of the Child.” In Independent Commentary: United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, at 1, edited by C. Cohen. 1988.

“Human Rights and the Free Flow of Information.” In Power and policy in Quest of Law: Essays in Honor of Eugene Victor Rostow, at 247–290, edited by M.S. McDougal & W. Reisman. 1985.

“Self-Determination: An Important Dimension of the Demand for Freedom.” In Order, Freedom, Justice, Power: The Challenges for International Law, at 88–94. American Society of International Law, Proceedings of the 75th Anniversary Convocation, 1981.



“The Method and Strategy for Internalizing the International Covenants on Human Rights.” (Taipei, Taiwan: Research, Development and Evaluation Commission, The Executive Yuan, 2003) (in Chinese).

“The Nation of Taiwan in the New Century.” A Collection of Editorial Commentaries from theFormosa Television and from the New Century Thinktank Column of the Libery Times, 1998–2001 (Taipei, Taiwan: Yuanliu Publishing, 2003) (in Chinese).

“Taiwan and the United Nations: Historical and Policy Perspectives,” Essay in International Conference on the United Nations and Taiwan (New Century Institute, September 2003).

“Democracy and Human Rights in International Relations, with Special Reference to Taiwan,” Chapter in International Symposium on Human Rights in Taiwan at 165–186 (New Century Institute, October 2002).

Editor, The New Century, the New Constitutional System: A Collection of Essays. (Angle Publishing, 2002) (from the Constitutional Law Symposium held in Taipei, Taiwan in August, 2002) (in Chinese).

“A Study on the Strategies for International Participation by Taiwanese NGOs.” (Taipei, Taiwan: Research, Development and Evaluation Commission, The Executive Yuan, 2002) (in Chinese).


On the Inauguration of the Taiwan International Law Quarterly, 1 Taiwan International Law Quarterly5–7 (2004).

“Taiwan’s Current International Legal Status (Symposium: Bridging the Taiwan Strait—Problems and Prospects for China’s Reunification or Taiwan’s Independence).” 32 New England Law Review675–683 (1998).

Book Review of Problems and Process: International Law and How We Use It, by Rosalyn Higgins. 16 New York Law School Journal of International and Comparative Law 151–158 (1996).

“Constitutional Law and International Law in the United States of America.” 42 American Journal of Comparative Law 453–516 (1994).

“The United States Supreme Court and the Protection of Refugees (Symposium: Human Rights Before Domestic Courts).” 67 St. John’s Law Review 469–489 (1993).

“Self-Determination and World Public Order (Symposium: The Rights of Ethnic Minorities).” 66Notre Dame Law Review 1287–1297 (1991).

Review Essay, “The Restatement (Third) of the Foreign Relations Law of the United States—Protection of Persons (Natural and Juridical).” 14 Yale Journal of International Law 542–564 (1989).

“The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child: A Policy-Oriented Overview.” 7 New York Law School Journal of Human Rights 16–29 (1989).

“Institutions Specialized to the Protection of Human Rights in the United States.” 1 New York Law School Human Rights Annual 3–31 (1983).

“Human Rights and the Free Flow of Information.” 4 New York Law School Journal of International and Comparative Law 37–49 (1982).

“Introduction: Human Rights and Jurisprudence (Symposium: The Future of Human Rights in the World Legal Order).” 9 Hofstra Law Review 337–346 (1981) (with M.S. McDougal).

“Aggregate Interest in Shared Respect and Human Rights: The Harmonization of Public Order and Civic Order.” 23 New York Law School Law Review 183–251 (1977) (with M.S. McDougal & H.D. Lasswell).

“Human Rights and World Public Order: Human Rights in Comprehensive Context.” 72Northwestern University Law Review 227–307 (1977) (with M.S. McDougal & H.D. Lasswell).

“Social Setting of Human Rights: The Process of Deprivation and Non-Fulfillment of Values.” 46Revista Juridica de la Universidad de Puerto Rico 477–523 (1977) (with M.S. McDougal & H.D. Lasswell).

“Freedom from Discrimination in Choice of Language and International Human Rights.” 1976Southern Illinois University Law Journal 151–174 (with M.S. McDougal & H.D. Lasswell).

“Human Rights of the Aged: An Application of the General Form of Nondiscrimination.” 28University of Florida Law Review 639–654 (1976) (with M.S. McDougal & H.D. Lasswell).

“Protection of Aliens from Discrimination and World Public Order: Responsibilities of States Conjoined with Human Rights.” 70 American Journal of International Law 432–469 (1976) (with M.S. McDougal & H.D. Lasswell).

“Right to Religious Education and World Public Order: The Emerging Norms of Nondiscrimination.” 74 Michigan Law Review 865–898 (1976) (with M.S. McDougal & H.D. Lasswell).

“Human Rights for Women and World Public Order: The Outlawing of Sex-Based Discrimination.” 69 American Journal of International Law 497–533 (1975) (with M.S. McDougal & H.D. Lasswell).

“Protection and Respect of Human Rights: Freedom of Choice and World Public Order.” 24American University Law Review 919–1086 (1975) (with M.S. McDougal & H.D. Lasswell).

“Nationality and Human Rights: The Protection of the Individual in External Arenas.” 83 Yale Law Journal 900–998 (1974) (with M.S. McDougal & H.D. Lasswell).

“Who Owns Taiwan: A Search for International Title.” 81 Yale Law Journal 599–671 (1972) (with W.M. Reisman).

“Human Rights and World Public Order: A Framework for Policy-Oriented Inquiry.” 63 American Journal of International Law 237–269 (1969) (with M.S. McDougal & H.D. Lasswell).





“In Affectionate Memory of Professor Myres McDougal: Champion for an International Law of Human Dignity (Tribute).” 108 Yale Law Journal 953–956 (1999).

“The Admission of Taiwan to the United Nations and the So-Called ‘One China’ Policy.” Liberty Times, at 4 (September 29, 1996).

Moderator, Panel II: “Comparative Analysis of International and National Tribunals (Symposium: 1945–1995: Critical Perspectives on the Nuremberg Trials and State Accountability).” 12 New York Law School Journal of Human Rights 545–630 (1995).

“Remembering the Past as a Guide for the Future: The ‘One China’ Policy Impairs Taiwan’s March Toward the United Nations.” Liberty Times, at 4 (September 16, 1996).

“The Nation of Taiwan.” Washington Post, at A15 (December 24, 1993).

“Teaching International Relations and International Organizations in International Law Courses: Constructing the State-of-the-Art International Law Course—Perspectives from the New Haven School.” 87 Proceedings of the American Society of International Law 407–411 (1993).

“Toward Adoption of the United States Convention on the Rights of the Child.” 83 Proceedings of the American Society of International Law 157–162 (1989).

“Aging: A New Human Rights Concern—A Policy-Oriented Perspective.” 81 Proceedings of the American Society of International Law 169–175 (1987).

“The Meek Shall Inherit A Global Bill of Rights.” 7(3) Human Rights 16–19 (Fall 1978).

“Expulsion and Expatriation in International Law: The Right to Leave, to Stay and to Return: A Panel.” 67 Proceedings of the American Society of International Law 122–140 (1973) (with R. Higgins, Y.P. Ghai, V. Chalidze, H.A. Hassouna & S. Liskofsky).

“Panel: Chinese Participation in the United Nations.” 65 American Journal of International Law 1 (1971) (with D. Rusk, J.A. Cohen, R.M. Goodman, W.P. Bundy & S.H. Tan).