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Asian Law Lecture: China’s Rural Land Reform: An Old Issue for a New Leadership

Li Ping

On April 23, 2015, Li Ping, spoke on China's land reform.

Li Ping is senior attorney for LANDESA’s China team and a leading authority on land-related law in China. He has assisted the Chinese government in drafting laws and regulations governing farmers’ land rights, and provided consultancy to international development organizations.

Li Ping recapped the pre-1949 evolution of the Chinese Communist policies on rural tenure reform : from private ownership to collectivization, then de-collectivization, leading to the Household Responsibility System in the early 1980s under which farmers were given functional land use rights under collective ownership. In the post-1980s, a gradual strengthening of household rights to land and weakening of collective ownership led to the general framework of China’s present-day rural land system.
Under this framework, he discussed the issues facing the China's new leadership: land takings regime reform, collective ownership vs. farmers’ entitled property rights, perpetualizing such entitlement rights, bifurcation of farmers’ rights to facilitate land transactions, corporate land acquisition, and women’s land rights. Co-hosted by the Asian Law Center and Sustainable International Development Law Graduate Program

Asian Law Lecture Series: Hate Speech Regulation in Japan

Prof. Shigenori Matsui

On April 7, 2015, Professor Shigenori Matsui (University of British Columbia School of Law) spoke on whether Japan should adopt legislation banning hate speech.

Although hate speech against Burakumin existed in the past, the Japanese government has been reluctant to enact a hate speech ban, or civil rights legislation granting administrative and civil remedies for private acts of discrimination. However, the escalation of hate speech by right-wing groups against resident Koreans has triggered a debate on this subject. Some members of the legislatures are pushing for a ban, and an increasing number of local assemblies are passing resolutions calling for national ban on hate speech. Professor Matsui explored the reasons behind the reluctance of the Japanese government to ban hate speech, what kind of ban should be introduced, and how it would stand up against “freedom-of-expression” challenges.

Asian Law Lecture: The Origins of Property Rights: from Monkeys to Modern Society

Professor Masanobu Kato

On February 20, 2015, Professor Masanobu Kato gave a lecture on the origins of property rights.  He is professor at Nagoya Gakuin University Faculty of Law and also Of Counsel at Anderson Mori & Tomotsune.  He was here at the special invitation of UW President Michael Young.

Professor Masanobu Kato is considered to be one of Japan’s leading civil code scholars. His works in Product Liability, Torts, Unjust Enrichment and Financial Leasing Contracts are regarded as definitive treatises in Japan. In addition, he has authored books and articles in commercial law, civil procedure, international transactions, intellectual property, labor, administration, tax, environmental, American, and Chinese law. Professor Kato is also well known for authoring a series of five civil code textbooks entitled: “Contemporary Civil Code System of Japan," and is planning to release the sixth and final volume “Family Law.”

RACE, IMMIGRATION & CITIZENSHIP: Professor Robert Chang interviews Author Eric Liu

Eric Liu and Robert Chang

On Wednesday, January 14, 2015, we had profound and thought-provoking discussions between Professors Eric Liu and Robert Chang. Robert Chang, Director of the Korematsu Center for Law and Equality,  interviewed author Eric Liu on his recent book: “A Chinaman’s Chance: One Family’s Journey and the Chinese American Dream,” touching on the Chinese immigrant experience, and recent issues in race-based police incidents and immigration policy.

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