Yun-chien Chang

Visiting Professor of Law
Yun-chien Chang
Contact Information
Cornell Law School
Myron Taylor Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901

Email: yc767@cornell.edu

Assistant:
Bonnie Jo Coughlin
Cornell Law School
213 Myron Taylor Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901
Email: bjc42@cornell.edu

Professional Biography

Prof. Yun-chien Chang is a Research Professor at Institutum Iurisprudentiae, Academia Sinica, Taiwan and serves as the Director of its Empirical Legal Studies Center. He was or will be a visiting professor at Cornell University, Columbia University, New York University, the University of Chicago, St. Gallen University, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Rotterdam Institute of Law and Economics. He has also conducted research at Free University of Berlin, University of Paris II, and University of Tokyo. His current academic interests focus on economic, empirical and comparative analysis of private law (particularly property law), as well as empirical studies of the judicial system. Prof. Chang has authored and co-authored more than 100 journal articles and book chapters. His English articles have appeared in leading journals in the world, such as The University of Chicago Law Review; Journal of Legal Studies; Journal of Legal Analysis; Journal of Law and Economics; Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization; Journal of Empirical Legal Studies; International Review of Law and Economics; European Journal of Law and Economics; Notre Dame Law Review; Iowa Law Review and the Supreme Court Economic Review, among others.

His monograph Private Property and Takings Compensation: Theoretical Framework and Empirical Analysis (Edward Elgar, 2013) was a winner of the Scholarly Monograph Award in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Prof. Chang (co-)edited Empirical Legal Analysis: Assessing the Performance of Legal Institutions (Routledge, 2014), Law and Economics of Possession (Cambridge UP, 2015), Private Law in China and Taiwan: Economic and Legal Analyses (Cambridge UP, 2016), and Selection and Decision in Judicial Process Around the World: Empirical Inquires (Cambridge UP, 2020). Prof. Chang is also a co-author of Property and Trust Law in Taiwan (Wolter Kluwers, 2017). He authored several books in Chinese published in China and Taiwan, Compensation for Physical and Regulatory Takings of Land: Theory and Practice (Angle, 2013; 2nd edition, 2020), Economic Analysis of Property Law, (Standard Chinese: Angle, 2015; 2nd edition, 2021; simplified Chinese: Beijing UP, 2019), Empirical Legal Studies: Empirical Legal Studies: Principles, Methods, and Applications (New Sharing, 2019; simplified Chinese: The Law Press, 2021 forthcoming), and Interpreting Private Law: A Social Scientific Approach (New Sharing, 2020), and also (co-)edited The Empirical Legal Studies Reader I: Domestic Perspectives (The Law Press, 2020) and Empirical Studies of the Judicial Systems 2011 (Institutum Iurisprudentiae, Academia Sinica; 2013).

Prof. Chang’s academic achievements have won him the Career Development Award in 2016, Outstanding Scholar Award in 2016, Academia Sinica Law Journal Award in 2016, the Junior Research Investigators Award in 2015, the Best Poster Prize at 2011 CELS, and several research grants. He serves as a Co-Editor of International Review of Law and Economics; a Consultant Editor of European Journal of Law and Economics; an Editor of Asian Journal of Comparative Law and a Panelist on American Law Institute’s Restatement Fourth, Property International Advisory Panel.

Prof. Chang received his J.S.D. and LL.M. degree from New York University School of Law, where he was also a Lederman/Milbank Law and Economics Fellow and a Research Associate at the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, NYU. Before going to NYU, Prof. Chang had earned LL.B. and LL.M. degrees at National Taiwan University and passed the Taiwan bar. Prof. Chang has had working experience with prestigious law firms in Taiwan and has served as a legal assistant for the International Trade Commission.