The Rodolfo Rivas Project

The Rodolfo Rivas Project

Dr. Chang-fa Lo

September 07, 2021

Season 3 Episode 10 – S.J.D. Chang-fa Lo. Permanent Representative of the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu to the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.

Doctor Chang-fa has accomplished a lot in his life before becoming the Permanent Representative for Chinese Taipei at the WTO. He has been a Law Professor, the Dean of the most prestigious Law School in Taipei, an author, and a Justice of the Constitutional Court, and that is just scratching the surface.

It was a pleasure to have a conversation with him where we touched on many topics, from his upbringing, where he recalls some vivid images from his hard-working childhood. In addition, we get a chance to talk about the evolution of the legal system in Chinese Taipei, as well as the differences in legal scholarship he experienced first-hand during his studies at Harvard Law School. We also talk about the WTO and what we can expect in the near future, especially in Fisheries subsidies negotiations, COVID-19 response, and multilateralism and plurilaterals.

Overall, it was a pleasure talking to him and hearing his views and his inspiring journey.

I hope you enjoyed the conversation as much as I did.

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