CHEN Weitseng
Full C.V.

Assistant Professor

J.S.D, LL.M. (Yale Law School), LL.M., LL.B. (National Taiwan University), Attorney (New York State; Taiwan)

Deputy Director, Centre for Asian Legal Studies (CALS), National University of Singapore
Email Address:
Office Tel: (65) 6516-4107 
Office Fax: (65) 6779-0979 
Office Address

Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore
Eu Tong Sen Building
469G Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259776
Research Interests

Law, Institutions and Development
Chinese Law
Taiwan-China Comparative Legal Studies
Financial Legal History

Subjects Taught

Law, Institutions and Business in Greater China
Legal Systems of Asia
Law and Development in China
International Corporate Finance

Brief Biodata

Weitseng Chen specializes in comparative Asian law with an emphasis on property law and financial institutions in East AsiaAsia—particularly the greater China area. 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), conducting research on transitional economies and rule of law reforms. Immediately before he entered academia and joined NUS Faculty of Law, Weitseng Chen worked as a corporate lawyer at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP. He specialized in cross-border transactions and represented top-tier investment banks and multinational companies in capital markets deals in the greater China area and Southeast Asia.

Weitseng's recent research focuses on property rights transition in greater China, China-Taiwan comparisons in terms of law and economic development, and China's interaction with global capital markets such as RMB internationalization. His recent book projects include "The Beijing Consensus? How China has changed the western ideas of law and economic development" (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2016), which examines the China Model of law and development in various areas of law, and "Authoritarian Legality in Asia", which discusses legality and legitimacy based on comparative studies of China, S. Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam, and Japan. Weitseng has held visiting academic appointments at Harvard Law School, University of Washington School of Law, Academia Sinica Institutum Iurisprudentiae, FGV DIREITO SP Law School (Brazil), and National Taiwan University College of Law. He is currently the Deputy Director of NUS Centre of Asian Legal Studies.

Representative Publications

1. "Twins of OppositesóWhy China Will Not Follow Taiwan's Model of Rule of Law Transition toward Democracy," American Journal of Comparative Law (forthcoming 2018)

2. "Size Matters? Renminbi Internationalization and the Beijing Consensus", in The Beijing Consensus? How China has Changed the Western Ideas of Law and Economic Development (Weitseng Chen ed., Cambridge University Press, 2017)

3. "China's Long March to Dismantling the Financial Great Wall: Renminbi's Internationalization: Systemic Risks and Macro-prudential Regulations", in Systemic Risk, Institutional Design and the Regulation of Financial Markets (A. Anand ed., Oxford University Press, 2016).

4. "Arbitrage for Property Rights: How Foreign Investors Create Substitutes for Property Institutions in China", Washington International Law Journal, Vol. 24, No.1, 47-97(2015)

5. "'Sir, We Suggest You be Fired.' - Lessons from Taiwan's Judicial Reforms for China", Chinese Journal of Comparative Law (Oxford Journal), Vol. 2(2), 289-313 (2014)

6. "Institutional Arbitrage: China's Economic Power Projection and International Capital Markets", Columbia Journal of Asian Law, Vol. 26 (2), 347-372 (2013)