Currently, I'm a post-doctoral research fellow at Institutum Iurisprudentiae in
Academia Sinica, Taiwan's highest academic institution. My main areas of research
are the drafting, construction and constitutionality of presentational statutory text,
and how such text may affect lawmaking and the legislative process. Thus far my work has
focused on the US Congress, Westminster Parliament and Scottish Parliament. However, my
current research has expanded to include a much wider international focus, including
governments from Southeast Asia and more throughout Europe. 

Legislation

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Interpreting Acronyms and Epithets: Examining the Jurisprudential Significance (or Lack Thereof), Stanford Law & Policy Review Online (2014)

Given the rise in short title sophistication and their prominent use as evidence in U.S....

 

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SCOTUS Short Title Turmoil: Time for a Congressional Bill Naming Authority, Yale Law & Policy Review Inter Alia (2013)

This past summer saw the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision in United States v. Windsor,...

 

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Don’t Be Silly: Lawmakers “Rarely” Read Legislation and Oftentimes Don’t Understand It . . . But That’s Okay, Penn State Law Review Penn Statim (2013)

During the debate over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare"), the reading and...

 

Comparative and Foreign Law

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Don’t Be Silly: Lawmakers “Rarely” Read Legislation and Oftentimes Don’t Understand It . . . But That’s Okay, Penn State Law Review Penn Statim (2013)

During the debate over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare"), the reading and...

 

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PROCESSES, STANDARDS AND POLITICS: DRAFTING SHORT TITLES IN THE WESTMINSTER PARLIAMENT, SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT, AND U.S. CONGRESS, Florida Journal of International Law (2013)

Investigating the similarities and differences between the US Congress, Westminster Parliament and Scottish Parliament in...

 

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Transatlantic Perspectives On Humanised Public Law Campaigns: Personalising And Depersonalising The Legislative Process, Legisprudence (2012)

This exploratory article uses interviews from lawmakers, government officials, bill drafters and parliamentary journalists from...

 

Law and Society

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Legislatures Should Take the Lead on Gay Marriage, The Hill's Congress Blog (2014)
 

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Interpreting Acronyms and Epithets: Examining the Jurisprudential Significance (or Lack Thereof), Stanford Law & Policy Review Online (2014)

Given the rise in short title sophistication and their prominent use as evidence in U.S....

 

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SCOTUS Short Title Turmoil: Time for a Congressional Bill Naming Authority, Yale Law & Policy Review Inter Alia (2013)

This past summer saw the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision in United States v. Windsor,...

 

Public Law and Legal Theory

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Legislatures Should Take the Lead on Gay Marriage, The Hill's Congress Blog (2014)
 

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Interpreting Acronyms and Epithets: Examining the Jurisprudential Significance (or Lack Thereof), Stanford Law & Policy Review Online (2014)

Given the rise in short title sophistication and their prominent use as evidence in U.S....

 

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SCOTUS Short Title Turmoil: Time for a Congressional Bill Naming Authority, Yale Law & Policy Review Inter Alia (2013)

This past summer saw the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision in United States v. Windsor,...

 

Politics

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Legislatures Should Take the Lead on Gay Marriage, The Hill's Congress Blog (2014)
 

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Interpreting Acronyms and Epithets: Examining the Jurisprudential Significance (or Lack Thereof), Stanford Law & Policy Review Online (2014)

Given the rise in short title sophistication and their prominent use as evidence in U.S....

 

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SCOTUS Short Title Turmoil: Time for a Congressional Bill Naming Authority, Yale Law & Policy Review Inter Alia (2013)

This past summer saw the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision in United States v. Windsor,...

 

International Law

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A Triumph of Ill Conceived Language: The Linguistic Origins of Guantamo’s “Rough Justice”, Hastings Law Journal Voir Dire (2013)

Throughout the years, the Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay has witnessed an abundance of intriguing...

 

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PROCESSES, STANDARDS AND POLITICS: DRAFTING SHORT TITLES IN THE WESTMINSTER PARLIAMENT, SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT, AND U.S. CONGRESS, Florida Journal of International Law (2013)

Investigating the similarities and differences between the US Congress, Westminster Parliament and Scottish Parliament in...

 

General Law

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Interpreting Acronyms and Epithets: Examining the Jurisprudential Significance (or Lack Thereof), Stanford Law & Policy Review Online (2014)

Given the rise in short title sophistication and their prominent use as evidence in U.S....

 

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MANIPULATING PUBLIC LAW FAVORABILITY: IS IT REALLY THIS EASY?, British Journal of American Legal Studies (2013)

Can favorability for public laws be manipulated merely by changing the short title of the...

 

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Plain Language Prospects in American Public Law: Insiders Weigh In, American University Modern American (2013)

While many international lawmaking jurisdictions have incorporated plain language principles for statutory drafting, the United...

 

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Personalized Bills as Commemorations: A Problem for House Rules?, Connecticut Law Review CONNtemplations (2013)

The proliferation of personalized bills in Congress has occurred despite a prohibition on commemorations in...

 

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One Redeeming Quality About the 112th Congress: Refocusing on Descriptive Rather than Evocative Short Titles, Michigan Law Review First Impressions (2013)

For all intents and purposes the 112th Congress has been deemed a massive failure by...

 

Public Interest Law

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Don’t Be Silly: Lawmakers “Rarely” Read Legislation and Oftentimes Don’t Understand It . . . But That’s Okay, Penn State Law Review Penn Statim (2013)

During the debate over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare"), the reading and...

 

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MANIPULATING PUBLIC LAW FAVORABILITY: IS IT REALLY THIS EASY?, British Journal of American Legal Studies (2013)

Can favorability for public laws be manipulated merely by changing the short title of the...

 

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Personalized Bills as Commemorations: A Problem for House Rules?, Connecticut Law Review CONNtemplations (2013)

The proliferation of personalized bills in Congress has occurred despite a prohibition on commemorations in...

 

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One Redeeming Quality About the 112th Congress: Refocusing on Descriptive Rather than Evocative Short Titles, Michigan Law Review First Impressions (2013)

For all intents and purposes the 112th Congress has been deemed a massive failure by...

 

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Fiduciary Principles and Statutory Form in Relation to the Necessary and Proper Clause: Potential Constitutional Implications for Congressional Short Titles, University of St. Thomas Journal of Law & Public Policy (2012)

This article explores the principles of fiduciary duty and statutory form in relation to the...

 

Legal Writing

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Interpreting Acronyms and Epithets: Examining the Jurisprudential Significance (or Lack Thereof), Stanford Law & Policy Review Online (2014)

Given the rise in short title sophistication and their prominent use as evidence in U.S....

 

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SCOTUS Short Title Turmoil: Time for a Congressional Bill Naming Authority, Yale Law & Policy Review Inter Alia (2013)

This past summer saw the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision in United States v. Windsor,...

 

PDF

MANIPULATING PUBLIC LAW FAVORABILITY: IS IT REALLY THIS EASY?, British Journal of American Legal Studies (2013)

Can favorability for public laws be manipulated merely by changing the short title of the...

 

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Plain Language Prospects in American Public Law: Insiders Weigh In, American University Modern American (2013)

While many international lawmaking jurisdictions have incorporated plain language principles for statutory drafting, the United...

 

Constitutional Law

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Legislatures Should Take the Lead on Gay Marriage, The Hill's Congress Blog (2014)
 

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Interpreting Acronyms and Epithets: Examining the Jurisprudential Significance (or Lack Thereof), Stanford Law & Policy Review Online (2014)

Given the rise in short title sophistication and their prominent use as evidence in U.S....

 

PDF

SCOTUS Short Title Turmoil: Time for a Congressional Bill Naming Authority, Yale Law & Policy Review Inter Alia (2013)

This past summer saw the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision in United States v. Windsor,...

 

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A Triumph of Ill Conceived Language: The Linguistic Origins of Guantamo’s “Rough Justice”, Hastings Law Journal Voir Dire (2013)

Throughout the years, the Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay has witnessed an abundance of intriguing...

 

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Don’t Be Silly: Lawmakers “Rarely” Read Legislation and Oftentimes Don’t Understand It . . . But That’s Okay, Penn State Law Review Penn Statim (2013)

During the debate over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare"), the reading and...

 

Human Rights

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A Triumph of Ill Conceived Language: The Linguistic Origins of Guantamo’s “Rough Justice”, Hastings Law Journal Voir Dire (2013)

Throughout the years, the Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay has witnessed an abundance of intriguing...

 

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Book Review - 'The Elements of Legislation' by Neil Duxbury, Law and Politics Book Review (2013)
 

Jurisprudence

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Interpreting Acronyms and Epithets: Examining the Jurisprudential Significance (or Lack Thereof), Stanford Law & Policy Review Online (2014)

Given the rise in short title sophistication and their prominent use as evidence in U.S....

 

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SCOTUS Short Title Turmoil: Time for a Congressional Bill Naming Authority, Yale Law & Policy Review Inter Alia (2013)

This past summer saw the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision in United States v. Windsor,...

 

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Book Review - 'The Elements of Legislation' by Neil Duxbury, Law and Politics Book Review (2013)
 

Advertising Law

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Are Short Bill Titles a Form of Deceptive Advertising? (with Randal Shaheen), Huffington Post (2013)
 

Public Policy