Connecting People & Ideas to Advance Mutual Interests in U.S.-Asia Relations

In May 2002, the Foundation organized a retreat, the first of three in Taipei, on the rule of law, during which a small group of legal scholars and practitioners from Asia and the United States continued to explore advancements in the rule of law in Asia. In 2009 the Mansfield Foundation organized the second Taipei meeting in collaboration with National Taiwan University, Benchmarking the Ten-Year Development of the Rule of Law in Asia from 1999-2009, including a two-day roundtable dialogue and public conference. The third Tapei Rule of Law conference in 2012, organized by the Foundation, in cooperation with National Taiwan University College of Law, comprised a three-day, closed-door work session where a select group of scholars and legal practitioners privately shared experiences and debated on areas such as rule of law concepts and policies, as well as proposals for future advances. The private session was followed by a half-day public conference where the results and recommendations from the three days of working sessions were discussed in the context of contemporary Asian rule of law issues. Participants in all three of the Taipei meetings were honored to have private discussions with President Ma Ying-jeou.

Both the 2002 and 2009 conferences were made possible due to the generous support of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Washington; the 2012 session was made possible thanks to the generous support of the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy.