Yu-Jie Chen is a lawyer and for the current academic year a visiting scholar at Columbia University’s Weatherhead East Asian Institute. She received her J.S.D. and L.L.M. degrees from New York University School of Law. She also holds an L.L.M. and L.L.B. from National Chengchi University in Taiwan.
Chen has had extensive experience as a research scholar for the U.S.-Asia Law Institute of NYU School of Law, where she focused on criminal justice and human rights developments in Taiwan and China. Prior to that, she served as a researcher and advocate for the non-governmental organization Human Rights in China. She has also practiced in the Taipei-based international law firm Lee and Li.
Chen has published both journalistic op-eds and scholarly essays. Her academic publications include “One Problem, Two Paths: A Taiwanese Perspective on the Exclusionary Rule in China” (N.Y.U. Journal of International Law & Politics, Volume 43, No. 3, 2011), “Lawyers’ Activism and the Expansion of the Right to Counsel in Taiwan” (Comparative Perspectives on Criminal Justice in China, edited by Mike McConville and Eva Pils, 2013), and “Human Rights in China-Taiwan Relations: How Taiwan Can Engage China,” (Hong Kong Law Journal, Volume 45, Part 2, 2015).