Centre for Asian Legal Studies

CALS Seminar Series: Asia & International Law

Osaka City Government v The Man With No Tattoos: Using The Courts As Arbiters Of Social Norms In Japan
18 November 2015, Thursday
3.00pm - 4.30pm
Block B Conference Room (BBCR), NUS (BTC)

CALS Seminar Series: Chinese Law

CALS Seminar Series


Illiberal Constitutional and the Deep State In Thailand
9 November 2015, Monday
12.00pm - 2.00pm
Federal Bartholomew Conference Room, Federal Building, NUS (BTC)

The 6th Asian Constitutional Law Forum - Constitutionalism in the Courts: Judicial Review and the Separation of Powers in Asia
10 & 11 December 2015, Thursday & Friday
Block B, NUS (BTC)

The Asian Constitutional Law Forum provides a venue for distinguished scholars and new scholars to share their research and ideas on Asian constitutional law, to expand collaborative research networks, and to facilitate publications. The 2015 Forum, organised by the Centre for Asian Legal Studies at NUS will address mainly the theme of constitutionalism in the courts, and will look at constitutional cases, issues, and overall performance of the judicial branch across Asia as judiciaries establish their independence of the other branches and encounter new and challenging issues. The Forum was first held at the Seoul National University, Korea in 2005; the second meeting was at the Centre for Asian Legal Exchange at Nagoya University in 2007; the third at the College of Law of National Taiwan University in 2009; the fourth at the Centre for Comparative and Public Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong in 2011; and the fifth at the Centre for Public Law at Tsinghua University School of Law in Beijing in 2013. This year the Forum is being held in South East Asia for the first time


Regulating Religion: Normativity and Change At The Intersection of Law and Religion
14 & 15 December 2015, Monday & Tuesday
Lee Sheridan Room, Eu Tong Seng Building, NUS (BTC)

In most eras and cultures, law and religion relate dialectically. Every major religious tradition strives to come to terms with law by striking a balance between the rational and the mystical, the prophetic and the priestly, the structural and the spiritual. Every major legal tradition struggles to link its formal structures and processes with the beliefs and ideals of its people. Thus, while law and religion can be conceptualized as distinct spheres of human life, they do not exist independently of one another and are constantly cross-fertilizing each other. This workshop will engage emerging scholarship on the influence of religion on legal systems, both historically and currently, and vice versa. Regulation is our key focus. In simplest terms, we will consider how law regulates religion, and how religion responds to such regulations.

The Centre for Asian Legal Studies (CALS) is pleased to solicit proposals for participation in a workshop entitled 'Cultural Heritage Law and the Built Environment: Preserving Outstanding Universal Value in Asia's Historic Cities'. The workshop will be convened by Dr Jason R. Bonin and will be held at NUS in Singapore on 17-18 March 2016. All participants are expected to contribute an original and previously unpublished article to an edited publication that will form the intended output of this workshop.

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31st MARCH-1st APRIL 2016
Faculty of Law, NUS Bukit Timah Campus

Submission Deadline for abstracts: 15 January 2016

The Centre for Asian Legal Studies (CALS) is pleased to solicit proposals for participation in a Youth Conference entitled 'CROSSING BORDERS IN A TROUBLED WORLD: A YOUTH CONFERENCE ON TRANSNATIONAL MIGRATION'. The conference will be held at NUS in Singapore on 31STMarch-1st April 2016.

Whether due to globalization or the devastation of wars, migration has been a major phenomenon world-wide, especially in the post-world war era. The 2015 Migration and Development Brief by World Bank observes that one out of seven persons (or one billion people) in the world is an international or internal migrant. Today, migration is a major factor shaping economic policies, laws, cultural values, and social structures. Rapidly increasing migration has also increased the incidences of human trafficking and people smuggling. Besides poverty and the allure of better economic opportunities, war, civil unrest and natural disasters are also driving millions into becoming refugees. It is a troubled world that we live in, and migration is the choice that many have made to seek a better life outside the confines of where they were born and (often) raised. Migration therefore implicates not only domestic laws, but also trans-boundary relations and international law. It has also become an impetus for new global rights movements and alliances, as well as shed new light on the relationship between the state and individuals. Unsurprisingly, with the new power of social media and other platforms, youths have been particularly outspoken about their concerns over migration and rights of migrants.

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