Robin Winkler

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Robin J. Winkler
文魯彬 Robin Winkler 20150406.jpg
Born 1954
Nationality United States
(1954 to 2003)
(since 2003)
Other names 文魯彬
Occupation Lawyer
Known for Environmental activism
Political party Green Party Taiwan

Robin J. Winkler (Chinese: 文魯彬; pinyin: Wén Lǔbīn; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Bûn Ló͘-pin; born 1954) is a U.S.-born naturalized Taiwanese citizen who works as a lawyer and environmentalist.


Winkler has been a frequent frontline campaigner on green issues in Taiwan, having founded the legal environmental defense organization Wild at Heart Legal Defense Association (台灣蠻野心足生態協會) and spoken out on causes of environmental concern in Taiwan. In 2003, Winkler renounced his United States citizenship and acquired Taiwanese citizenship.[1]

In February 2009, Winkler was considered for election to the Legislative Yuan seat previously held by Diane Lee, representing Green Party Taiwan.[2] In the end, however, Winkler was not able to stand due to limitations in the law. Instead, Calvin Wun (溫炳原), a former secretary-general of the party, stood in the by-election.[3]

Under the election laws of the Taiwan, Republic of China, naturalized citizens can stand for elections only after 10 years of obtaining their citizenship. Winkler considers this requirement to be unconstitutional and has pursued the case through petition and an administrative lawsuit, the latter in an attempt to obtain a constitutional interpretation.[4]

On March 31, 2015, Winkler declared his candidacy for the Legislative Yuan seat for the constituency Taipei 1, which would represent the northern part of Shihlin as well as Beitou.[5][6] He withdrew from the race on November 25 without ever officially registering as a candidate.[7]


  1. ^ "Robin Winkler, Green Crusader". Taipei Times. 22 April 2007. 
  2. ^ "Winkler Eyes Legislature". Taipei Times. 4 February 2009. 
  3. ^ "Interview: Green Party unafraid of longshot in by-election". Taipei Times. 17 February 2009. 
  4. ^ 自由時報 (2009-02-14): 登記參選立委遭拒…文魯彬嘲諷新移民不如雙國籍 (Liberty Times: “Rejected upon attempting to register for legislative by-election, Robin Winkler criticized the situation that new immigrants are not worth as much as people with dual citizenships”)
  5. ^ Wei, Zoe; Hsiao, Scully (31 March 2015). "U.S.-born ROC citizen announces bid to run for legislator". Central News Agency. Retrieved 31 March 2015. 
  6. ^ Lin, Sean (1 April 2015). "Founder of Wild at Heart to make bid for legislative seat". Taipei Times. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  7. ^ "文魯彬Robin Winkler". 

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