Recent Ph.D. Graduates

Melda Kamil AriandoMelda Kamil Ariadno earned her Ph.D. in Winter 2011. Her dissertation is entitled: What is the Indonesian Responsibility for High Seas Fisheries? She argues in her dissertation that Indonesia’s responsibility for sustainable high seas fisheries must go beyond joining relevant international conventions to the implementation of the 1995 UN Fish Stocks Agreement in its national legal regime. Melda is currently Associate Professor of International Law and Director of the Center for International Law Studies at the University of Indonesia Faculty of Law.

Chuan-ju ChengChuan-ju Cheng (Ariel) earned her Ph.D. in Autumn 2010. Her dissertation is entitled: A New Legal Era for the Indigenous Peoples of Taiwan—Self-Government? As a member of the Truku Nation of Taiwan, she has focused her research on the rights of indigenous peoples of Taiwan. Her dissertation centers on the legal basis and practicability of implementing indigenous self-government in Taiwan. She is currently teaching at National Taitung University.

Kanaphon Chanhom Kanaphon Chanhom earned his Ph.D. in Spring 2010. His dissertation is entitled: Codification in Thailand during the 19th and 20th Centuries: A Study of Causes, Process and Consequences of Drafting the Penal Code of 1908. His dissertation disputes the idea that the Thai Penal Code of 1908 and its successors are defective because Western legal principles were imposed on the Thai people. He finds that the legal principles adopted at the time are still functional, because of the competence of the Thai and foreign drafters and the attention they paid to the needs of Thai society.

Shin-Rou Lin Shin-Rou Lin earned her Ph.D. in Spring 2010. Her dissertation entitled: An Expensive Illusion? The Use of Isolation as a Tuberculosis Control Strategy in Taiwan examines the use of isolation for tuberculosis patients in Taiwan from 2006 to 2008. The Plan was apparently motivated by the government’s desire to show a Taiwanese populace frightened by Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) that it had the political will to deal with dangers to public health, but in addition to costs on individual liberty, the economic cost of isolation was found to exceed that for less-restrictive measures. Moreover, by devoting resources to isolation, society lost the opportunity to address the problem of delayed TB diagnosis and treatment.

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