I'm a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Institutum Iurisprudentiae, Academia
Sinica, Taiwan's highest academic research institution. My studies consist of
researching and writing about comparative public law, socio-legal studies, and IT law and
policy. Currently I’m analysing the effects of political and legal constitutionalism (and
how to effectively balance the two), the implications of constitutional idolatry and
judicial supremacy, and the interaction between social media and the law. I'm also
currently writing about civil disobedience, citizen contestation, and democracy in
relation to Taiwan's Sunflower Movement. 

I hold a PhD in Law from the University of Stirling; an MA in Criminology, Law &
Society from George Mason University, and a BA in Psychology from the University of
Missouri-Columbia. I can be contacted at: briancjones@sinica.edu.tw. 

Articles

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Preliminary Warnings on 'Constitutional' Idolatry, Public Law (2016)

Although contemporary societies covet the notion of a written constitution, the UK still stands as...

 

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Confrontational Contestation and Democratic Compromise: The Sunflower Movement and its Aftermath (with Yen-Tu Su), Hong Kong Law Journal (2015)

This piece describes the two conflicting governmental visions involved in the events surrounding the Taiwan...

 

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Assessing the Constitutionality of Legislation: Constitutional Review in Taiwan's Legislative Yuan, Asia Pacific Law Review (2015)

This article examines the constitutional interpretative authority of Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan, while incorporating international viewpoints...

 

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Is Social Media a Human Right? Exploring the Scope of Internet Rights, International Journal of Constitutional Law Blog (2014)

This article explores the basis for social media being recognised as a human right, how...

 

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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....

 

Popular Press

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

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