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林建志 Chien-Chih Lin

林建志Chien-Chih Lin

Current Appointment

Research Professor, Institutum Iurisprudentiae, Academia Sinica

Education & Experiences

J.S.D., The University of Chicago (2015)
LL.M., The University of Chicago (2012)
Master of Law, National Taiwan University (2007)
LL.B ., National Taiwan University (2004)

Research Fields

Constitutional Law; Comparative Constitutional Law; Judicial Politics; Judicial Behavior

Other Information

Date of First Appointment:09/12/2016

Research Description


Journal Articles

  • Chien-Chih Lin, accepted, “Believe in the Ideal, Not the Idol: Constitutional Literacy and Constitutional Idolatry in Taiwan”, Constitutional Studies.
  • 林建志,2023,〈給臺灣制憲的備忘錄:以程序面為中心〉,《中研院法學期刊》,第33卷, 頁145-222。(TSSCI)
  • Chien-Chih Lin, 2023, “A Constitutional Contingency: A Reply to Zhaoxin Jiang”, ICON-INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CONSTITUTIONAL LAW, 21(2), 562-568. (SSCI) (IF: 1.419; SSCI ranking: 47.1%)
  • Chien-Chih Lin, 2023, “Responsive Judicial Review in Taiwan”, HONG KONG LAW JOURNAL, 53(2), 539-562. (SSCI) (IF: 0.242; SSCI ranking: 96.1%)
  • Chien-Chih Lin, 2022, “The Impact of Constitutional Courts in Asia”, Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics, available at, .. Relevant Links(open new window)
  • Chien-Chih Lin, 2021, “Global Constitutionalism in Taiwan”, Global Constitutionalism, 10(2), 275-289.
  • 林建志,2020,〈認真對待大法官解釋:論大法官解釋之落實〉(Taking Constitutional Court Decisions Seriously),《國立臺灣大學法學論叢》,第49卷第4期,頁1777-1843。(TSSCI)
  • Chien-Chih Lin, 2019, “(Book Review) Constitutional Amendments: Making, Breaking, and Changing Constitutions”, JOURNAL OF EAST ASIA AND INTERNATIONAL LAW, 12(2), 413-418.
  • Chien-Chih Lin, 2019, “(review essay) Dialogic Judicial Review and Its Problems in East Asia”, ICON-INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CONSTITUTIONAL LAW, 17(2), 701-713. (SSCI) (IF: 1.419; SSCI ranking: 47.1%)
  • 林建志,2019,〈(書評) 威權體制下的法律動員:後殖民時期的香港〉((book review) Legal Mobilization under Authoritarianism: The Case of Post-Colonial Hong Kong),《臺灣民主季刊》,第16卷第1期,頁163-170。(TSSCI) Relevant Links(open new window)
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Books (Monographs or Edited Volumes)

  • C.Y. Cyrus Chu, Po-Ching Lee, Chien-Chih Lin, Chang-fa Lo,, 2022, Ultimate Economic Conflict between China and Democratic Countries: An Institutional Analysis, 204 pages, United Kingdom: Routledge.
  • Po Jen Yap, Chien-Chih Lin, 2022, Constitutional Convergence in East Asia, 200 pages, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.

Book Chapters

  • Chien-Chih Lin, accepted, “Law and Politics of the Constitutional Amendments in Taiwan”, editor(s): Ngoc Son Bui, Mara Malagodi, Asian Comparative Constitutional Law: Volume II - Constitutional Amendments, Hart.
  • Chien-Chih Lin, 2023, “Constitutionally Conforming Interpretation in Taiwan”, editor(s): Matthias Klatt, Constitutionally Conforming Interpretation: Comparative Perspectives, pp. 327-352, Oxford: Hart.
  • Chien-Chih Lin, accepted, “Constitutional Unamendability and Democracy in Taiwan”, editor(s): Glenn Patmore, Edward Elgar Research Handbook on Law and Democracy, Edward Elgar.
  • Chien-Chih Lin, 2023, “Liberal Democracies”, editor(s): Po Jen Yap, Rehan Abeyratne, Routledge Handbook of Asian Parliaments, pp. 31-45, Oxford: Routledge.
  • Chien-Chih Lin, Wen-Chen Chang, accepted, “The Cannon of “Constitutional Unamendability” and “Basic Structure Doctrine” in Global Constitutional Studies”, editor(s): Sujit Choudhry, Michaela Hailbronner, Mattias Kumm, Global Canons in an Age of Uncertainty.
  • Yen-Tu Su, Chien-Chih Lin, accepted, “The Constitutional Law and Politics in Taiwan”, editor(s): David Law, Alex Schwartz, & Holning Lau, Oxford Handbook of Constitutional Law in Asia, Oxford University Press.
  • Chien-Chih Lin, 2022, “The Birth of the Constitution of the Republic of China”, editor(s): Kevin Tan, Michael Ng, Constitutional Foundings in Northeast Asia, pp. 97-128, United Kingdom: Hart.
  • Chien-Chih Lin*, Tom Ginsburg, 2021, “Judicial Behavior Research in East Asia”, editor(s): Nuno Garoupa, Rebecca Gill, Lydia Tiede, High Courts in Global Perspective: Evidence, Methodologies, and Findings, pp. 232-249, U.S.: University of Virginia Press.
  • Chien-Chih Lin, 2021, “Undemocratic Constitutional Law in Taiwan”, editor(s): Brian Christopher Jones, Democracy and the Rule of Law in China’s Shadow, pp. 179-196, United Kingdom: Hart.
  • Chien-Chih Lin, 2021, “Modernization as a Judicial Function in East Asia”, editor(s): Chien-Liang Lee, Anthology in Commemoration of IIAS’s Tenth Anniversary, pp. 639-688, Taipei: Angle Publishing.
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Conference Papers

  • Chien-Chih Lin, 2023, “Judicial Conservatism in Taiwan”, paper presented at 2023 ICON•S Annual Conference, Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand: The International Society of Public Law, 2023-07-03 ~ 2023-07-05.
  • Chien-Chih Lin, 2023, “Old Wine in a New Bottle: The Problems of Taiwan’s Constitutional Court Procedure Act”, paper presented at MEETING THE CHALLENGES OF GOVERNANCE Project on Taiwan in the Indo-Pacific Region 2023 Annual Conference, Stanford University: Hoover Institution, 2023-05-22 ~ 2023-05-23.
  • Chien-Chih Lin, 2022, “Constitutional Conforming Interpretation in Taiwan”, paper presented at 2022 ICON•S Annual Conference, University of Wroclaw, Poland: The International Society of Public Law, 2022-07-04 ~ 2022-07-06.
  • Chien-Chih Lin, 2021, “Constitutional Convergence in East Asia”, paper presented at 2021 ICON•S Annual Conference, Online: The International Society of Public Law, 2021-07-06 ~ 2021-07-09.
  • Chien-Chih Lin, 2019, “Proportionality in Taiwan”, paper presented at Proportionality in Asia, Hong Kong: University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Law, 2019-12-10 ~ 2019-12-11.
  • Chien-Chih Lin, 2019, “Global Constitutionalism as a Fortress Besieged: Through the Lens of Taiwan”, paper presented at 8th Asian Constitutional Law Forum, Hanoi: Vietnam National University, 2019-12-06 ~ 2019-12-07.
  • Chien-Chih Lin, 2019, “Compliance of the TCC Decisions”, paper presented at ICON-S, Santiago: Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, 2019-07-01 ~ 2019-07-03.
  • Chien-Chih Lin, 2019, “The Evolution of Proportionality in Taiwan”, paper presented at Law and Society Annual Meetings, Washington DC: Law and Society Association, 2019-05-30 ~ 2019-06-02.
  • Chien-Chih Lin, 2019, “Global Constitutionalism as a Fortress Besieged”, paper presented at Global Constitutionalism: Asia-Pacific Perspectives, Hong Kong: Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2019-03-28 ~ 2019-03-29.
  • Chien-Chih Lin, 2018, “Civil Constitutionalism and the lack thereof in Taiwan”, paper presented at The Xth World Congress of the International Association of Constitutional Law, Seoul: International Association of Constitutional Law, 2018-06-18 ~ 2018-06-22.
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  • Chien-Chih Lin, Yen-Tu Su, Jau-Yuan Hwang,2023,〈Taiwan〉,《The 2022 International Review of Constitutional Reform》。 Relevant Links(open new window)
  • Yen-Tu Su, Chien-Chih Lin, Jau-Yuan Hwang, 2022, “Taiwan”, The 2021 International Review of Constitutional Reform. Relevant Links(open new window)
  • Chien-Chih Lin, 2022, “The Pros and Cons of Taiwan's Constitutional Court Procedure Act”, US-Asia Law Institute Perspectives. Relevant Links(open new window)
  • 林建志,2021,〈大敵當前:叛亂犯再上訴破壞社會秩序?〉,《奉命釋法:大法官與轉型正義》。
  • Chien-Chih Lin, 2021, “Believe in the Ideal, not the Idol: Is Constitutional Idolatry Happening in Taiwan?”, Blog of International Association of Constitutional Law. Relevant Links(open new window)
  • Chien-Chih Lin, 2020, “Taiwan’s Constitutional Court, Adultery and the Renaissance of Judicial Activism”, ConstitutionNet. Relevant Links(open new window)
  • Chien-Chih Lin,2018,〈The 70th Anniversary of the Taiwan Constitutional Court: The Evolution of Proportionality in Taiwan Constitutional Jurisprudence〉,《I-CONnect Symposium》。 Relevant Links(open new window)
  • Chien-Chih Lin,2018,〈Undemocratic Constitutional Law in Taiwan〉,《Blog of International Association of Constitutional Law》。 Relevant Links(open new window)
  • Chien-Chih Lin, 2017, “Analysis: J.Y. Interpretation No. 748, The Same-Sex Marriage Case in Taiwan”, Blog of International Association of Constitutional Law. Relevant Links(open new window)
  • Chien-Chih Lin, 2015, “Taiwan: A Patchwork Constitution”, ConstitutionNet. Relevant Links(open new window)

Edited Books