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Chang, Wejen
China Legal History;Jurisprudence
Academia Sinica, Taibei

 Mr. Chang Wejen, now a resident of Taiwan, was originally from Suzhou, China.

He had traditional Chinese education under a private tutor for ten years before moving with his family to Taiwan. There he studied at Taiwan University and earned an B.A. in Law and an M.A. in Political Science. Then he went to the United States and received a degree of Comparative Law at SMU, an LL.M. at Yale and an S.J.D. at Harvard.

He specializes in Chinese legal history and jurisprudence. For over 40 years he worked on archives of the Qing dynasty (1644-1911) at Academia Sinica in Taiwan, studying the administration of justice in the late imperial period of China and published 372 volumes of judicial documents he edited. In addition he has published numerous works in the two fields of his interests.

In recognition of his contribution to the study of Chinese legal culture Harvard Law School established a fellowship in his honor, providing assistance to scholars anywhere in the world to pursue Chinese legal studies at Harvard.

Besides research Mr. Chang has taught at Taiwan University, Tsinghua University, Beijing University, College de France, and several universities in the US, including UCLA, Harvard, Yale, Cornell, and NYU. Many of his former students are now prominent legal historians.

Mr. Chang is now Researcher Emeritus at Academia Sinica. But he is not really retired. Currently, he is working on two books entitledStruggle for Justice in Late Imperial China and In Search of The Way.

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