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Asian Law Center Lecture - Rivers, Rifles, Rice, and Religion: Defining Law's Past and Present Trajectories

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
4:00 – 6:00 PM (Reception to follow)
William H. Gates Hall Room 447

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This lecture is based on Professor Haley’s new book, Law’s Political Foundations: Rivers, Rifles, Rice, and Religion, which came out this summer. Professor Haley’s historical inquiry starts with the origins of law in Imperial China in contrast to the reception of classical Roman law in Western Europe in the 11th and 12th centuries. A fundamental question in this inquiry is how and why Imperial China developed one of the world’s first and the most enduring regulatory order characterized by public law and yet in Western Europe private law became primary. For this purpose, Professor Haley explores the role of rivers, rifles, rice, and religion in the formation of law and its political foundations in China, Japan, Europe, as well as Hispanic Empire in the Americas in the 16th and 17th centuries.

About Professor Haley

Professor John O. Haley is one of the greatest scholars on Japanese law in the West. His early article, "The Reluctant Litigant," first published in 1978, played a significant role in reshaping contemporary understanding of Japanese law in the West. For more than a quarter century, Professor Haley led the Asian Law Program at University of Washington School of Law, from 1974 to 2000. In 2012, he was awarded The Order of the Rising Sun (3rd Class) by his Majesty the Emperor of Japan for his contribution to the discipline of Japanese law and education.

Asian Law Center Lecture - Quantum Leap: Migrant Domestic Workers in Hong Kong Court Judgments

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
4:00 – 6:00 PM (Reception to follow)
William H. Gates Hall Room 447

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In this lecture, Professor Tan explores many roles that migrant domestic helpers have occupied in cases before the courts of Hong Kong. Although migrant domestic workers have been litigants against their employers, human rights claimants and victims of crimes in high profile cases, further back in time they have also played more abstract roles in personal injury cases. These cases show a legal community coming to grips with the long-term presence of migrant domestic workers.

About Professor Carol Tan

Carol Tan is a Professor of Law and Head of the School of Law at SOAS, University of London. She has published extensively in the field of Sino-British legal history and legal orientalism. Since 2009 she has taught a masters class on migrant workers and the law in Southeast Asia and pursued research on migrant domestic workers with a particular focus on Hong Kong and Indonesia.

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