Chen Be-yue

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Chen Be-yue (Chinese: 陳碧玉; born 14 July 1948) is a member of the Council of Grand Justices, the constitutional court of the Republic of China on Taiwan.[1] She was confirmed to this position in June 2011.[2]


Chen was a judge in Taiwan, but resigned from her position in 1983 and emigrated to the United States. She returned to Taiwan and was reinstated as a judge in 1996 by the Judicial Yuan.[3] She went on to become a justice of the Supreme Court and later head of the Judicial Personnel Study Center.[4] She stated that she is most proud of her work in translating judicial rulings and expanding the role of women in the judiciary.[5]

Chen was nominated to the Council of Grand Justices in April 2011 by President Ma Ying-jeou. Members of the Legislative Yuan questioned Ma's decision, as Chen had previously been a U.S. citizen and had also obtained a U.S. green card again for a short period while serving on the Supreme Court (see personal life, below). The controversy over Chen's green card led opposition Democratic Progressive Party legislators to propose amendments to previously tabled legislation to disallow public servants from holding permanent residency in foreign countries.[6] However, lawmakers eventually confirmed Chen along with Ma's three other judicial nominees on 14 June 2011.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Chen attended National Chengchi University in Taipei, where she earned an LL.B. degree in 1971 and an LL.M. in 1976.[1] She emigrated from Taiwan to the United States in 1983; while living there, she completed an MBA at Georgia's Augusta College (the predecessor of Augusta State University) in 1989.[1][5] She naturalised as a U.S. citizen in 1992. She later returned to Taiwan, and relinquished U.S. citizenship in 1996 upon her reinstatement as a judge there.[5] Her daughter continues to reside in the United States; Chen later obtained permanent residence status again in the United States in January 2008, so she could aid in raising her newborn granddaughter without worrying about visa issues (as Taiwan was not a member of the U.S.' Visa Waiver Program at that point); however, she cancelled her permanent resident status in September 2009.[3]


  1. ^ a b c "SU, Beyue C.". Republic of China: Judicial Yuan. Retrieved 2013-02-15. ; also available in English.
  2. ^ a b "馬英九任命陳碧玉等4人為大法官 (Ma Ying-jeou names Chen Be-yue and three others as justices)". Duo Wei Times. 2011-06-17. Retrieved 2013-02-15. 
  3. ^ a b Shih Hsiu-chuan; Rich Chang (2011-04-09). "Nominee slammed over US green card". Taipei Times. Retrieved 2013-02-13. 
  4. ^ Shih Hsiu-chuan (2011-04-10). "Doubts still remain about president’s judicial nominees". Taipei Times. Retrieved 2013-02-15. 
  5. ^ a b c "大法官被提名人自薦 林益世要陳碧玉放心:委員會判真假". Now News. 2011-04-25. Retrieved 2013-02-15. 
  6. ^ Shih Hsiu-chuan; Rich Chang (2011-04-12). "KMT is avoiding ‘foreign residency’ issue: lawmakers". Taipei Times. Retrieved 2013-02-15.