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Taiwan's Efforts in Greener politics: Domestic and International Engagements

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Thursday 11th November 2021 (12:30-15:00)

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The University of Nottingham's Taiwan Studies Programme presents a joint talk by Dr Dafydd Fell, Director of the SOAS Centre of Taiwan Studies, SOAS University of London and Professor Chien-Te Fan, Director of Institute of Law for Science and Technology (ILST), National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan. 

Taiwan's Efforts in Greener politics: Domestic and International Engagements 

This talk includes Dr. Dafydd Fell's book launch on 'Taiwan's Green Parties: Alternative Politics in Taiwan'and Professor Chien-Te Fan's talk on 'Taiwan's External Efforts to Join International Climate Change Organization'.

Abstract for Dr Dafydd Fell

Examining the Green Party Taiwan (GPT) since its establishment through the aftermath of the most recent national elections in January 2020, this book focuses on Taiwan’s most important movement party over the last two and a half decades. Despite its limited electoral impact, its leaders have played a critical role in a range of social movements, including anti-nuclear and LGBT rights campaigns.

Plotting the party’s evolution in electoral politics as well as its engagement with the global green movement, this volume analyses key patterns of party change in electoral campaign appeals, organisation and its human face. The second half of the volume concentrates on explaining both the party’s electoral impact and why the party has adjusted ideologically and organisationally over time. Based on a wide range of material collected, including focus groups, interviews and political communication data, the research relies heavily on analysis of campaign material and the voices of party activists and also considers other Green Parties, such as the splinter Trees Party and GPT-Social Democratic Alliance.

Abstract for Professor Chien-Te Fan

Evert since the 1992 Earth Summit, Taiwan has been continuingly developed its climate and energy policies in response to the UNFCCC negotiation trends. While not being able to officially become a signatory Party, Taiwan delegate has never been absent from the UNFCCC participation.

Taiwan’s efforts in participating the UNFCCC have been always challenging but significant.  Usually, the Taiwan delegate is composed of Taiwan nongovernmental organizations, including several UNFCCC accredited observers, such as state-backed Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) and several other local NGOs ranging among various public and/or private sectors and youths. While some of the NGOs will arrange sideline forums in collaboration with Taiwan’s allies, some others will organize or join the side events in the UNFCCC venue, as well. In additions, ITRI would be mandated to held discussions with counterparts under government’s supervision. Normally, the pattern of Taiwan’s participation has long been recognized as the “meaningful and substantive participation.”   

Trying to express its will in participating the global anti-warming crusade, Taiwan has taken several policies and legal measures to adapt to the principles provided by the UNFCCC and its related compliance rules.

Bio for Dr Dafydd Fell

A Reader in Comparative Politics at the Department of Politics and International Studies, SOAS University of London and Director of the SOAS Centre of Taiwan Studies. Having studied and worked in Taiwan in the 1990s, he returned to London to start his PhD at SOAS and has been teaching there since 2003. He has published extensively on Taiwan’s electoral and party politics, with his first book Party Politics in Taiwan (2005). He had long been interested in small parties in Taiwan but he only started his research on the Green Party in late 2012. The project started as one of his former students had been a Green Party candidate in January 2012 and then went on to become Co-Convenor. After eight years of research the book was finally published in March 2021. 

Bio for Professor Chien-Te Fan

A Law Professor and founding Director of Institute of Law for Science & Technology(ILST)in National Tsing Hua University. The Institute is the first graduate academic institute established in Taiwan to emphasize in the fields of science and technology related legal trainings and energy and environment conservation.Professor Fan received his LL.B degree from Soochow University, LL.M degree from University of Washington and J.D. Degree from Puget Sound University. Before he moved to National Tsing Hua University, Professor Fan is a full time professor teaching in Soochow University, School of Law for ten years.

In addition to his academic achievement, Professor Fan also consults the government agencies in different mandate, including the Science and Technology consultation to the President Hall, Government Reorganization to the Administration Yuan, International Agreement negotiation to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Environment Protection Agency, and several other industry related policy and/or legal works, and also served as advisory committee member in Office of Energy and Carbon Reduction,EY (2017) and the membership to the ICC Task Force on “Arbitration of Climate Change Related Disputes (2018).

Professor FAN specializes in energy and environmental law, and the areas of biotechnology and ethic related issues. He is also an experienced scholar involving in UNFCCC negotiation process since 2001 in Marrakesh. Moreover, as a speaker, he was also invited to join the side event several times that held in the COPs.

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