Chao-Ju Chen


  • 職稱: Professor
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  • Research interests: feminist legal history, feminist legal studies, postcolonial legal studies, law and society
  • Teaching Areas: Taiwan's legal history, feminist legal theory, critical legal histories, law and society



Holding two law degrees from National Taiwan University (LL.B., 1994; LL.M., 1997), and two law degrees from the University of Michigan Law School (LL.M., 2000; S.J.D., 2003), CHEN Chao-ju is a professor of law at National Taiwan University College of Law, where she teaches legal history and feminist legal theories. Her research bridges legal history and feminist theory, suggesting ways that historical investigation can improve feminist legal theories, as well as ways that feminist legal theories can contribute to historical research. She is published in Chinese, English and Japanese, with publications including articles and book chapters that explore how male dominance has been “preserved through transformation” in colonial and postcolonial Taiwan, and how the agency/victimization binary is a false dichotomy. Her recent publications includes: “Marriage as Heterosexual Patriarchy and Privilege” in Journal of Women’s and Gender Studies (2010), “Gendered Borders – The Historical Formation of Women’s Nationality under Law in Taiwan” inPositions: East Asia Cultures Critique (2009), “Bargaining with Patriarchy: Daughter’s Right of Inheritance in Practice” in National Taiwan University Law Journal (2009) and “Modernization under the Shadow of Legal Orientalism: A Feminist Critique of the History of Succession Law in Taiwan” in Taiwan: A Radical Quarterly in Social Studies (2008). She is the winner of the 2007 Excellent Young Scholar Award of National Science Council and the 2008 Ta-You Wu Memorial Award of National Science Council, and has received theexcellence in teaching award by National Taiwan University in 2006. She is actively involved in human rights NGOs, and is now the vice president of the Awakening foundation.