Centre for Asian Legal Studies

CALS Seminar Series: Asia & International Law


CALS Seminar Series: Chinese Law


CALS Seminar Series


UPCOMING EVENTS

CALL FOR PAPERS
Law and Society in Asia: Defining and Advancing the Field
Asian Law and Society Inaugural Conference
Singapore 22-23 September 2016
Faculty of Law, NUS Bukit Timah Campus


Submission Deadline for abstracts: 31 March 2016

The Centre for Asian Legal Studies (CALS) is pleased to solicit proposals for participation for the Asian Law and Society Inaugural Conference entitled Law and Society in Asia: Defining and Advancing the Field.. The conference will be held at NUS in Singapore on 22-23 September 2016.

How do people understand grievances and conflicts? How do they resolve disputes? What do they think of the concept of rights? How do they relate to formal legal systems and other normative orders? What is the relationship between law and social change? What are the roles of institutional actors, such as judges and lawyers, and non-institutional actors? These are some of the questions that have long animated law and society scholars to go beyond formal legal institutions, legal doctrine and legal texts to examine law and law-like behaviour, norms, and relationships in a variety of social settings, including liberal democracies, authoritarian regimes, villages, cities, families, corporations, religious groups, and migrant communities.

These questions, too, have motivated researchers interested in law and society in Asia. As demonstrated by research on Europe, North America, and other regions, law and society has great potential to contribute to academic theory, law-making, and public policy. However, Asian law and society scholarship has just begun to emerge as a highly significant academic field, its development hindered by differences in scholarly traditions and practices across the region. In some countries, such as Japan, Korea, and India, law and society is a well-established field. In other parts of Asia, such as Southeast Asia, law and society has little recognition and shallow roots.

With the above in mind, the inaugural ALSA conference welcomes papers and panels that resonate with this theme. Other proposals based on any law and society topic concerned with Asia will also be welcome.

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Law and Development in China and Vietnam
20 & 21 April 2016, Tuesday & Wednesday
Lee Sheridan Room, Eu Tong Seng Building, NUS (BTC)

The Centre for Asian Legal Studies (CALS) is pleased to invite you to the CALS International Symposium entitled 'Law and Development in China and Vietnam'. The workshop will be convened by Dr. Bui and Assoc Prof Wang and will be held at NUS in Singapore on 20-21 April 2016.

China and Vietnam, the two socialist countries in Asia, have both embarked on rule of law - oriented economic liberalisation and domestic reform. Although their economic and political systems are very similar, recent developments of the two countries's socialist paths have demonstrated more divergence than convergence. This symposium brings a group of international distinguished scholars to examine the underlying forces in the bidirectional relationship between the law and economic and political developments in China, covering issues including rule of law, constitutional reform, anti-corruption, judicial reform, foreign investment, and role of international law in national development.

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CALL FOR PAPERS
Legal Culture, Consciousness, and Conflicts in Asia

Asian Law and Society Inaugural Conference
Singapore 22-23 September 2016
Faculty of Law, NUS Bukit Timah Campus


Submission Deadline for abstracts: 31 March 2016

As part of the inaugural meeting of the Asian Law & Society Association (ALSA), Lynette J. Chua (NUS Law) and David M. Engel (State University of New York, Buffalo) will convene a series of panels entitled, "Legal Culture, Consciousness, and Conflict in Asia." They invite scholars researching and writing about legal consciousness and legal culture in Asian societies to submit abstracts of their papers to be considered for one of these panels. Panelists may receive partial funding for their travel to and participation in the ALSA meeting held on 22 and 23 September 2016 at NUS Law, and selected papers will be published in a book volume or special journal issue.

The pluralism and cultural diversity of Asia make it well suited for studying and advancing the concepts of legal consciousness and legal culture. At recent conferences of the Law & Society Association (LSA) and the East Asian Law & Society network (now succeeded by ALSA), as well as in regional workshops convened by Chua and Engel, scholars conducting research on diverse issues and sites in Asia have drawn attention to the significance of culture and consciousness for analyzing law and conflict resolution in Asia. For example, people deal with grievances and conflicts in Asian societies in a variety of ways - they turn to state legal institutions to address certain problems, but very often they also use other forms of resolution, such as collective political action or communities organized around religion, ethnicity, kinship ties, or other shared norms and identities. These are not just alternative forms of conflict resolution but they are interconnected in complex and subtle ways. Legal norms and procedures can shape customary practices, and cultural beliefs and values can influence official actors and institutions.

The panels' conveners, however, recognize that the concepts of legal culture and legal consciousness have the potential to facilitate scholarly interaction and development in Asian law and society. With this series of panels and planned publication, they aim to make an important contribution by drawing from contemporary empirical work on Asian societies to theorize the concepts for law and society scholarship at large and to begin shaping a canon for this area of scholarship in the region.

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