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A community changes: Taiwan's council of Grand justices and liberal democratic reform

Cooney, S. (1999) A community changes: Taiwan's council of Grand justices and liberal democratic reform. In: Jayasuriya, K., (ed.) Law, Capitalism and Power in Asia: The Rule of Law and Legal Institutions. Routledge as part of the Taylor and Francis group, pp. 216-239.

Abstract

In contrast to many of the other societies examined in this book, Taiwan has, over the last decade, been dismantling its authoritarian political structure. This process has had a major impact on judicial decision-making. In this chapter, I examine this impact with an account of the Council of Grand Justices, the de facto constitutional court in Taiwan.1 I first provide a description of the constitution in Taiwan and the role of the Council, and then contrast the approach of the Council to constitutional issues before and after the democratisation process. Finally, I seek to place this development in a theoretical context. I cast doubt on whether Jayasuriya’s ‘East Asian judicial condition’ model (Jayasuriya’s ‘Introduction’, this volume) can be applied to Taiwan. I also reject an analysis based on the ideal of ‘judicial independence’. I offer instead, an interpretation of the Taiwan experience based on an understanding of the relationship between judges and the ‘political-legal community’ with whom they interact.2

Item Type: Book Chapter
Publisher: Routledge as part of the Taylor and Francis group
Publishers Website: https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203015278
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/49999
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