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Cheng-Yi Huang

Cheng-Yi Huang is a J.S.D. candidate at the University of Chicago Law School. His current research topic is “Judicial Deference, Information Elicitation, and Democratic Efficacy in Post-Transitional Politics: Self-restrained Courts in Taiwan, South Africa, and Poland”. His research interests include comparative constitutionalism, administrative law, judicial politics, behavioral law and economics, legal anthropology, intellectual history of Asian law, and democratic theories. He won the Graduate Students Paper Competition by the American Bar Foundation in 2007. The award-winning article, “Enacting the ‘Incomprehensible China’ -Modern European Jurisprudence and the Japanese Reconstruction of Qing Political Law” has been published in Law & Social Inquiry recently. He has also presented papers at the annual conferences of the Law & Society Association, Association for Asian Studies, and American Political Science Association. He served as president for the North American Taiwan Studies Association from 2007 to 2008. In addition to his academic works, he is also a frequent contributor and columnist for some major newspapers in Taiwan. He enjoys traveling and playing board games with friends but seldom does so lately, since he is expected to complete his dissertation and graduate from the doctoral program in June 2009. Nevertheless, one of his novels won him a lucrative prize from the Taipei Bar Association which made his trips to Oaxaca, Chiapas, and Yucatan in the past few years possible. He and his wife live in Chicago now. He can be reached at