I will be on at least a partial hiatus from blogging during most of the month of July because I will be out of the country during that time. More specifically, I will be lecturing on property rights issues in Taiwan and China, where I have been invited to be a visiting lecturer by Zhengzhou University.
I am far from expert on Chinese law and politics. So this invitation came as a surprise. It came about because of my work on economic development condemnations, which are a major issue in China and some other Asian nations, as well as in the United States. Before going to China, I will also give two presentations in Taipei, Taiwan, including one at the Academia Sinica. I hope this trip will be a valuable learning experience.
If time permits, I may blog about my experiences in China and Taiwan while I am there, and possibly some other matters. But I probably won’t be blogging very much until I return. I trust that the other Conspirators will keep the reading public suitably entertained during my (partial) absence!
Ilya Somin is Professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law. His research focuses on constitutional law, property law, and the study of popular political participation and its implications for constitutional democracy. He is the author of Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government is Smarter (Stanford University Press, 2013), and coauthor of A Conspiracy Against Obamacare: The Volokh Conspiracy and the Health Care Case (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). Somin has been a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, the University of Hamburg, Germany, and the University of Torcuato Di Tella in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Before joining the faculty at George Mason, Somin was the John M. Olin Fellow in Law at Northwestern University Law School in 2002-2003. In 2001-2002, he clerked for the Hon. Judge Jerry E. Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Professor Somin earned his B.A., Summa Cum Laude, at Amherst College, M.A. in Political Science from Harvard University, and J.D. from Yale Law School.