Professor Chien Publishes on Miranda in Taiwan

Professor Shih-Chun Steven Chien has published an article in the University of Pennsylvania Asian Law Review discussing Taiwan’s use of a Miranda-like interrogation system. The article convey a cautionary tale from the Taiwan experience. It explains that under “Taiwan’s abbreviated Miranda system, suspects are encouraged to cooperate and give statements under the perception that they have been, and will continue to be, treated with politeness, dignity, and respect.” The article identifies concerns that “police and prosecutors can utilize the appearance of fair procedure (providing dignity, respect, and voice to suspects) by manipulating the Miranda mechanism to build rapport with suspects and distract them from the actual consequences of their full cooperation.” The article also explores “the effectiveness of alternative innovations beyond Miranda that could potentially reduce false confessions and minimize the risks caused by current interrogation practices.” 

The article citation is: Shih-Chun Steven Chien, Miranda in Taiwan: Why It Failed and Why We Should Care, 17 University of Pennsylvania Asian Law Review 1 (2022) (lead article).

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