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Institute of Law for Science and Technology (ILST)

Institute of Law for Science and Technology (ILST)

 

Brief Introduction

 

National Tsing Hua University (NTHU) has long been a world leading research and education institute in the realms of science and technology.  In the aim of striving to become a complete and comprehensive university, NTHU progressively established various social science related departments in the past years, which impressed the nation with their innovative visions in higher education and proven NTUH’s capability in delivering outstanding academic performance in the social science sphere. In addition to social science, the need for law and management also surfaced with the fast development in technology. The intense interaction between law or management with the technology industry has become a grounding factor that closely affects the sustainable development for social economy and culture in Taiwan.  NTHU is situated in the heart of HsinChu Science Park, the Silicon Valley of Taiwan, and apart from striving for academic excellence, it is also responding to the society’s pressing need by establishing departments in law and management.

With this background, many well established social elites, including Dr. Chun-shan Shen, Dr. George C. Tiao, Dr. Morris Chang and Dr. Charng Ven Chen, were dedicated in founding College of Technology Management (CTM) in NTHU.  In 2000, CTM was officially established and Institute of Law for Science and Technology (ILST) being under CTM, admitted students in the same year.  ILST was the first institute of law for science and technology certified by Ministry of Education. This breakthrough was a milestone to interdisciplinary education in law, science, and technology and it also demonstrated NTHU’s strong ambition in achieving prominence in the age of knowledge economy.  NTHU has sets out a vision for itself, “Pursuing academic excellence, providing exceptional quality of teaching as well as first-rate facilities, comprehensive research fields with balanced development, outstanding school culture, excellence in management, sharing achievements with the community and science park, maintaining a close tie with the society and the industry and becoming one of the best universities conforming to international standards.”  The establishment of ILST became a crucial link in realizing this vision.  
 
Most of the leading law schools around the world have included intellectual property law as one of the most important legal expertise students should possess.  Many of the leading IP law schools have the advantage of sitting in close vicinity to technology development centers.  ILST too has the same advantage.  Some of the renowned IP law programs focus particularly on E-Commerce, Internet Law and Bio-Science.  In addition to incorporating similar courses as the core of Intellectual Property Law, ILST extended its expertise in the field of Info-communications, Biomedicine and Environmental & Energy Law.  Utilizing International & Comparative Law as research basis, ILST hopes to provide Taiwan with legal professionals properly equipped to fulfill the need in the technology industry.  
Initially, ILST intended to facilitate students with technology background (Science, Engineering, Medicine and Agriculture) into the legal profession. With elite education as our goal, ILST aimed to integrate the knowledge of technology and law, which in turn would enable our students with elite leadership qualities.  Consequently, in the early stages of the admission, ILST only admitted students from technology background.  ILST first offered basic legal education before introducing IP Law, Biotechnology Law, Info-communications Law and Environmental & Energy Law.  Two years later, in response to the greater need of legal professionals with multidisciplinary background, ILST began accepting students with law background.  Students with technology background and those with law background are categorized into Group A and Group B respectively.  Group B students will be given basic technology training while emphasizing the ability of integrating multidisciplinary knowledge.  In 2005, ILST further broadened the Group A admission criteria by admitting students with liberal arts, business and management background.  
 
The importance of technology has advanced to the degree where it directly affects our life and environment.  IP law is the foundation to the progress of science.  However, current law system is usually the mechanism of regulating social values, but often fails to reflect social changes. Traditional legal education system also comes short in preparing students with different technological knowledge.  Moreover, the system of bar exams further disincentivizes legal professionals to participate in society changes, which often results in great disappointment from the society.  Many have proposed to eliminate the limitations imposed by bar exams and suggested advanced degree for legal education.  As such, to equip students with elite leadership quality, the traditional legal education is no longer sufficient.  This society needs a leader who has the knowledge of science as well as the expertise of law.  An institute of law for science and technology has the advantage of preparing a leader with such qualities. This is the key reason why many institutes providing advanced legal degrees have emerged in this nation. The core value of ILST and its very existence lie upon NTHU’s vision to base on the technological resources and pursue globalization and excellence.
 

Special Features of the Institute

 
The ILST puts equal stress on the importance of academic research and professional training. We provide interdisciplinary courses such as Intellectual property law, Info-communications law, Biotechnology (Biomedicine) law, International & Comparative law and Environmental & Energy law courses. In terms of the teaching quality and research enthusiasm, both proves to meet the demands of the five teaching areas. ILST also provides the needed service energy to NTHU faculty research resources and Research and Development Technology Transfer Center. In other words, in addition to producing excellent quality teaching and research, ILST also actively assists the management or negotiation of intellectual property rights between the local manufactures and research institutions. Through the interchange of academic and hands-on legal practice, ILST substantively connects the development and demand of technology services.
 
In recent years, ILST established several collaboration plans with internationally known academic institution, including Tsinghua University Law School, Beijing, the IPR University Center of the University of Helsinki, the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law, the Law School of University of Wisconsin-Madison. The plans build up student-exchange systems and admission of course credits. With these international exchange opportunities, our students may enhance their academic research capability and elevate learning experience. 
 
Furthermore, ILST further promotes the inter-school integration programs hosted by our professors, one such example is the National research program for genomic medicine. It allows our faculty and students to cooperation with outside researchers and academic communities when participating in large-scale academic programs.  It will supplement some of the disadvantages ILST might encounter due to its limited size. ILST also regularly hold significant seminars such as Info-communications seminar, Biotechnology seminar and International Conference on Intellectual Property. We believe it is a good way to enhance the visibility of our research results and exert our influence to related areas. Both the quality and quantity of our research programs have been substantial.

 

Faculty and Staff

 

CHEN, Chung-lin Associate Professor (S.J.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison) Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Biomedicine and Law
CHEN, Wan-yu Assistant Professor (Ph.D., Kyoto University, Japan) Civil Law, Property Law, Legal History, Law and Society
FAN, Chien-te Professor and Director (Juris Doctor University of Puget Sound School of Law) Bio-Tech Law, Economic Regulation, Fair Trade Law, Energy and Nature Resource Law, Intellectual Property Law
GAO, Ming-zhi Assistant Professor (Ph.D. in Law, Institute of Environmental and Energy Law, .U.Leuven, Belgium) Energy Policy & Law, Energy Environmental Law
HUANG, Chu-cheng Associate Professor (Ph.D., McGill University) Air & Space Law, Property, Indigenous Peoples and Law
HUANG, Chung-cheng Associate Professor (Dr. iur., Heidelberg University, Germany) Jurisprudence
LIN, Yun-hsien Associate Professor (J.S.D., University of California, Berkeley) Domestic Relations and Succession, Bioethics and the Law, Interdisciplinary Research on Domestic Violence
PENG, Shin-yi Professor (S.J.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison) International Economic & Trade Law, Info-Communications Law
TSAI, Chang-hsien Associate Professor (J.S.D., University of Illinois College of Law) Corporate Law, Securities Regulation, Financial Law

 

Curriculum

List of Prerequisite courses

*Prerequisite courses can be completed prior to or during this degree. Please note that these credits are not calculated into degree credits.

Course Code

Courses Title

Credits

5101

Constitution (I)

2

5102

Constitution (II)

2

3103

Administrative Law (I)

3

3104

Administrative Law (II)

3

3105

General Provisions of Criminal Law

3

3106

Criminal Law-kind of Crime

3

3201

General Provisions of Civil Law

4

4202

General Provisions on Obligation (I)

3

4203

General Provisions on Obligation (II)

3

4204

Property Law

3

3205

Family Law

2

5501

Civil Procedure (I)

3

5502

Civil Procedure (II)

3

5503

Criminal Procedure Law (I)

2

5504

Criminal Procedure Law (II)

2

4206

Business Law (I)

2

4207

Business Law (II)

2

3401

Public International Law

3

4402

Conflict of Laws

2

List of Required Courses

Course Code

Courses Title

Credits

2601

Legal Writing (I)

1

2602

Legal Writing (II)

1

5008

Colloquium (I)

1

5009

Colloquium (II)

1

5010

Colloquium (III)

1

5606

Economic Analysis of Law

2

5614

Legal Ethics

1

5801

Thesis

4
(Not calculated into degree requirements)

Elective Courses

Group A students are required to complete a minimum of 28 credits from the elective courses. The elective courses are categorized into General Elective Courses and Specific Field Elective Courses. Students can satisfy this requirement by selecting courses under either of the two categories.

The General Elective Courses

List of the General Elective Courses

Course Code

Courses Title

Credits

Basic General Elective Courses

4205

Corporate Law

3

5250

Seminar on Civil Law

2

5609

Philosophy of Law

2

5614

Seminar on Philosophy of Law

2

5630

Seminar on Criminal Law

2

5631

Seminar on Case Studies in Criminal Law

2

Auxillary Courses

2001

Japan's Legal Issues (I)

2

2002

Japan's Legal Issues (II)

2

5021

Legal German (I)

2

5022

Legal German (II)

2

5023

Selected Readings of Jurisprudence Masterpiece

2

4803

Moot Court

1

4804

Public International Law Moot Court

1

The Specific Field Courses

The Specific Field Courses are sub-categorized into five different fields.  The specific fields include Biotechnology (Biomedicine) Law, Environmental & Energy Law, Info-communications Law, Intellectual Property Law and International & Comparative Law. For a complete listing of the Specific Field Courses,
 

Graduate Requirements

For Master degree students, 36 credit hours and a thesis.

 

Financial Aids

For information about International Students Scholarship, please kindly refer to http://www.oga.nthu.edu.tw/cont.php?id=93&m=m26&mm=mm41&tc=5&lang=en

 

Contact Information

Director: FAN, Chien-Te

Email address: ctfan@mx.nthu.edu.tw

Secretary: YEN, Shu-Ying

Email address: lst@my.nthu.edu.tw

For further information on the Institute, you can also link to http://www.lst.nthu.edu.tw/bin/home.php?Lang=en

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