CHEN Weitseng
Full C.V.

Associate 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—particularly within greater China area, with an emphasis on law and development, property law and financial institutions. 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). Immediately before he joined NUS Faculty of Law, Weitseng Chen worked as a corporate lawyer at Davis Polk & Wardwell. He is currently the Deputy Director of NUS Centre of Asian Legal Studies.

Weitseng's recent research focuses on property rights transition in China and colonial Taiwan, China-Taiwan comparisons in terms of law and development as well as law and politics, and China's interaction with global capital markets. He recently published the book entitled "The Beijing Consensus? How China has Changed the Western Ideas of Law and Economic Development" (Cambridge University Press, 2017) and is currently working on an edited book entitled "Authoritarian Legality in Asia: Formation, Development and Transition" (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2019). His other published articles can be found in the American Journal of Comparative Law, Journal of International Economic Law, Washington International Law Journal, Chicago Journal of International Law, Columbia Journal of Asian Law, and Australian Journal of Asian Law etc. Weitseng Chen has held visiting academic appointments at Melbourne Law School, Harvard Law School, University of Tokyo, University of Washington School of Law, Academia Sinica Institutum Iurisprudentiae, FGV DIREITO SP Law School (Brazil), and National Taiwan University College of Law.

Representative Publications

1. "Twins of Opposites—Why China Will Not Follow Taiwan's Model of Rule of Law Transition toward Democracy," American Journal of Comparative Law Vol. 66, Issue 3 (2018)

2. "Lost in Internationalization: The Rise of China's Renminbi, Macroprudential Policy, and Global Impacts," Journal of International Economic Law, Vol.21, issue 1, 31-66 (2018)

3. The Beijing Consensus? How China has Changed the Western Ideas of Law and Economic Development (Cambridge University Press, 2017)

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)