Bonfield Fellow for 2016 Announced

Yun-chien Chang

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We are delighted to announce that the Law Library’s Bonfield Fellow for 2016 will be Professor Yun-chien Chang. Professor Chang is Associate Research Professor at the Institutum Iurisprudentiae of the Academia Sinica in Taipei, Taiwan. The Academia Sinica is the highest academic institution in Taiwan, founded in 1928 to undertake research in sciences and humanities. The Institutum Iurisprudentiae is the institute within the Academia Sinica devoted to the study of law.

Professor Chang received LL.B. and LL.M. degrees from National Taiwan University and has also earned LL.M. and S.J.D. degrees from NYU. He is a prolific scholar in the fields of property law, land use regulation, law and economics, and empirical legal studies. Among his recent scholarly articles is “The Numerus Clausus Principle, Property Customs, and the Emergence of New Property Forms”, 100 Iowa Law Review 2275 (2015), co-authored with Professor Henry Smith of the Harvard Law School. He is also the author or editor of many books, including Law and Economics of Possession (Cambridge University Press 2015), Private Law in China and Taiwan: Economic and Legal Analyses (forthcoming from Cambridge University Press), and Private Property and Takings Compensation: Theoretical Framework and Empirical Analysis (Edward Elgar 2013).

Professor Chang will visit the Law Library in late January 2016 and will make a presentation of his work in progress to the faculty of the College of Law. He will come to Iowa City from Chicago, where he will be a visiting professor at the University of Chicago Law School.

The Bonfield Fellowship, funded entirely by a private donation, is named in honor of Professor Arthur Earl Bonfield, the Allan D. Vestal Chair in Law, who served for 29 years as the Law Library’s director (Associate Dean for Research). The fellowship brings distinguished scholars to the Law Library for a brief period, to work in its collections and to make a scholarly presentation to the law faculty. Our inaugural Bonfield Fellow, in 2015, was Dr Matthew Dyson of Cambridge University.