[Seminar] 2022/12/12 Book Launch: New Asian Regionalism and International Carrer 

On December 12th, 2022, a book launch was held at NTU College of Law to promote Professor Pasha Hsieh’s new book, New Asian Regionalism, as well as to discuss various career options on the international level. The book launch was hosted by Professor Yueh-Ping (Alex) Yang, the Director of ACWH, participated by established professionals, including De-Ming Zhu, General Counsel of Mercedes-Benz; Shiuan-Di (Sandy) Lin, Esq. of Weil, Gotshal & Manges; Kuang-Wei Chueh, Esq. of Ernst & Young; Helen Hai-Ning Huang, Esq. of Lee and Li, Chia-Ching (Marc) Cheng, Executive Director of EUTW; Professor Ying-Jun Lin of CYCU Law; and Mao-Wei Lo, JSD Candidate of Stanford Law.

The main speaker of the event, Pasha Hsieh, is a Professor of Law at Singapore Management University who is also the Associate Dean of Singapore Management University and Jean Monnet Chair in EU-ASEAN Law and Relations. Instead of adopting the conventional ways, Professor Hsieh conducted his book launch in a more interactive approach that focused on the exchange of opinions between guest speakers regarding the content of the book and the advice on legal careers.

The launched book, New Asian Regionalism, is a translated version of New Asian Regionalism in International Economic Law, another book authored by Professor Hsieh. In his book, Professor Hsieh thoroughly discussed the various aspects of the integration of the Asian regional economy and emphasized Asia’s importance to international trade orders. Professor Hsieh believes that the progression of ASEAN members towards regional integration would gradually lead to transformations of economic relationships worldwide, and Asia, as the initiator of these changes, would ultimately become the center of international trade and investment.

During the discussion, Mr. De-Ming Zhu recommended students who wish to pursue an international career learn different languages because languages provide not only a means of communication but also an opportunity to understand the values and culture of different countries. Shiuan-Di (Sandy) Lin, Esq. encouraged students to step beyond the scope of legal studies and enjoy the positive aspects of life. On top of the Third Wave of Regionalism mentioned by Hsieh in his book, Kuang-Wei Chueh, Esq. pointed out the possibility of the Forth Wave and further predicted that the international trade order would gradually transform into a group-based or region-based competition instead of a brawl between individual players. Based on her experience in green energy, Helen Hai-Ning Huang, Esq. pointed out the concept of “localize to internationalize,” stating that the “international vision” may be developed locally as well. Mr. Chia-Ching (Marc) Cheng elaborated on Zhu’s recommendation for language learning and further emphasized the importance of interdisciplinary studies. Professor Ying-Jun Lin expressed her view on the international situation and expressed her belief that Asia’s regional integration is beneficial for incorporating Asian values into the current international trade system. Finally, bringing the focus back to Taiwan, Mr. Mao-Wei Lo reflected briefly on the question of whether the inheritance-based legislation model is suitable for Taiwan in an age of rapid reform in international trade.

At the Q&A session, in response to the audience’s question on the development of various international dispute settlement systems, Professor Hsieh pointed out that WTO’s dispute settlement system remains the mainstream due to its competence and accessibility; that said, it faces certain challenges nowadays, which may reduce its efficiency in settling disputes. Whether other region-based or investor-state dispute settlement systems may replace WTO as a more prominent system in the future is worth observing.

The book launch was conducted with active discussions and fruitful reflections, which allowed the participants to have an in-depth understanding of Professor Hsieh’s new book, New Asian Regionalism, and different career paths on the international level. At the end of the book launch, Professor Hsieh also shared his experience working at the WTO and the internship opportunities to encourage students to broaden their horizons by participating in internship programs. The book launch was successful, and it was undoubtedly a great experience for both the guest speakers and the participants.



本書《亞洲大未來:經濟整合與全球典範轉移的新趨勢》為謝笠天教授所著英文書籍New Asian Regionalism in International Economic Law中譯版本。書中針對亞洲區域經濟整合之各面向提供系統性、全面性探討,並強調亞洲於現今時代對全球經貿秩序之重要性。伴隨東南亞國協等開發中國家貿易力量的區域性整合,亞洲乃至全球貿易關係皆產生重大變革;而帶動變革之亞洲區域,將成為各國投資與貿易中心。