Dissertation Title: Participation in Isolation: Taiwan’s Ratification and Implementation of the Two Human Rights Covenants

Doctoral Supervisor: Professor Ryan Goodman


Yu-Jie Chen is a JSD candidate at New York University School of Law. She received her LLM in international legal studies from NYU in 2008 and was awarded the Robert L. Bernstein Fellowship in International Human Rights. She also holds an LLM and LLB with honors from National Chengchi University in Taiwan.

From 2009 to 2011, Yu-Jie was a research scholar at the U.S.-Asia Law Institute of NYU School of Law, where she primarily researched criminal justice and human rights developments in Taiwan and China. Prior to that, she served as a researcher and advocate for a non-governmental organization, Human Rights in China, as the Robert L. Bernstein Fellow. She is also a Taiwan lawyer and has practiced in the Taipei-based international law firm Lee and Li.


Yu-Jie’s area of research focuses on international law and human rights. Her JSD project considers the issues of what motivates states to commit to human rights treaties as well as how such treaties are implemented in the domestic setting and how they bring about changes. These important issues about the influence of human rights treaties have stimulated the interests and collaboration of both international law and international relations scholars in recent decades. Her case study, situated in a growing body of empirical scholarship pursuing these issues, investigates how the laws, policies and practices of the Republic of China on Taiwan are influenced by the two principal human rights treaties, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Her project gives special attention to the context, the actions and motivations of state and non-state actors, the processes and conditions of ratification and implementation, and the resistance to implementation. It offers valuable empirical data through her extensive field research and sheds new insights into existing theories about the diffusion and impact of international human rights norms.


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