On 23rd April 2011, the Council of Academia Sinica approved of the proposal on the Preparatory Office’s transition to the full status of Institute. As the proposal acquired its final approval from the President of Taiwan, President Chi-Huey Wong of Academia Sinica signed off the commencement of the Institutum Iurisprudentiae on 1st July 2011.
The Institute aims to contribute to the country by building up new paradigms for legal studies, enhancing the development of the Rule of Law in Taiwan, and leading the country’s legal communities to achieve academic excellence at the international level. The Institute saw many a challenge during the early years of its founding. Having to take into account available resources and people and demands for research, the Institute selected six particular core research areas to begin with: (i) Constitutional Structure and Human Rights; (ii) Administrative Regulation and Judicial Remedies; (iii) Law, Science, and Technology; (iv) Jurisprudence and Social Transformation; (v) Legal Development in China, Hong Kong, and Macau; (iv) Comparative Study of Judicial Systems, Empirical Study of Judicial Behavior, and Legislative Studies. Research staff are organized into research groups and develop projects to research on emerging legal problems in their respective areas of expertise; they develop research proposals and plans of execution, convene regular national and international conferences, and publish in journals or monographs to showcase their works. With such strenuous efforts from our staff members over the years, the Institute has gained a foothold in the legal academia in Taiwan; it will continue to work to further attain a footing in the global legal academe.