Editor's Note in Volumn 15, Number 1
We are here to share with you the good news that the latest issue of NTU Law Review has been published on March, 2020.
One of the landmark decisions in the history of Taiwan’s Constitutional Court is its Interpretation No. 748 of 2017, which legalizes marriage between same sex couples. In spite of a 2018 referendum aiming to overturn the decision, the Legislative Yuan passed a special legislation regarding same sex marriage in May 2019. However, the legislation does not recognize the same sex couples’ right of joint adoption. Nor does the legislation mention anything about the couple’s relationship with in-laws. Therefore, same sex couples in Taiwan may only adopt the children of their spouse, who, supposedly, were born during a prior marriage or through surrogacy. Therefore, the legislation was criticised as “same sex marriage without family.” Immediately after the legislation going into effect, Institutum Iurisprudentiae at Academia Sinicato convened an international symposium named "Beyond 748: Same Sex Marriage and Family Symposium" on family rights and the uses of assisted reproductive technology for the same sex couples. Panelists include leading legal scholars in this field from the U.S., the U.K., Austria, Canada, France, Israel, Japan, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Different legislative models of LGBT’s family rights had been extensively discussed, debated, and discovered throughout the conference. All these papers have gone through the process of peer review and published in this issue and the following issues.
We encourage you to read the interesting and thought-provoking works in this issue, and would also like to invite you to contribute to the future issues of our NTU Law Review. We would briefly introduce NTU Law Review in the following, and sincerely hope that you would submit your great academic works to our Law Review.
NTU Law Review was launched in 2006 and has become a TSSCI-listed journal since. It is a peer-review academic journal, which has had stable and constant submissions from Taiwanese and other East Asian scholars, as well as from European and American scholars. We welcome many kinds of works, such as academic articles, student notes, book reviews, and symposiums. Themes of articles published in our Law Review include important legal issues in various areas of law, especially but not limited to those relating to Taiwan and other East Asian countries, which are approached from both regional and global perspectives. Through a peer review process, we select phenomenal academic works which have great contributions to legal scholarship. Our Law Review was added to the HeinOnline, Westlaw Database, through which you could have access to all published issues.
Once again, we sincerely invite you to submit your academic works in various areas of law to our Law Review, concerning Taiwan, East Asia, and beyond. With your participation, we believe NTU Law Review would become one of the most valuable resources for scholars, students, practitioners, or anyone interested in Taiwan, East Asia, and their relationship with the world. It would be a great honor for us as well as an enormous contribution to legal scholarship in general. We eagerly hope you would help us accomplish this goal. If you have any question or concern, please feel free to contact us. We look forward to receiving your submissions in the near future!