Asia’s First Same-Sex Marriage Legislation: The Interplay of President, Court and Society

Free Public Lecture

Asia’s First Same-Sex Marriage Legislation: The Interplay of President, Court and Society

G08 Theatre
Melbourne Law School
185 Pelham Street

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2019 Seabrook Chambers Lecture

In mid May 2019, Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan passed Asia's first same sex marriage law, in compliance with a constitutional court decision and subsequent public referendum.

Confronting this highly divided issue, the society took extreme positions and campaigned vigorously, in the midst of election and in the form of public referendum in particular. It is intriguing how the controversy was resolved with president, court and vigilant social society interplayed in the young constitutional democracy.

Professor Yeh looks at the issue against the backdrop of recent global democratic backsliding. By analysing this Asia’s first same sex marriage legislation, this talk aimed at elucidating ways that constitutional institutions, mainly president, court and legislature may have interacted with the engaged civil society for better constitutional governance.

Presenter

  • Professor Jiunn-rong Yeh
    Professor Jiunn-rong Yeh, Chair Professor