Asian Law Lecture Series

Asian Law Lecture Series 2014-15

The Asian Law Center has just concluded its second year of the Asian Law Lecture Series.

This series is dedicated to creating a forum for senior academics, both UW-affiliated and visiting, to share their thoughts and research on the latest Asian legal topics. Most events take place from 3:30-5:00 p.m. in William H. Gates Hall. Due to limited space, RSVPs are required for each event to . Please Note: Lectures may be recorded.

Thursday, October 9, 2014 - Asian Law Center Fall Welcome & Reception

Our first event of this year was the Fall Welcome and Reception, where we announced our autumn schedule of lectures, and the attendees had a chance to get to know each other.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - Fifteen Years of Justice System Reform in Japan

Professor Daniel H. Foote is Professor of Law at both the UW School of Law and the University of Tokyo Faculty of Law. Professor Foote has been heavily involved in Japan's justice system reform. At this lecture he focused on the efforts of Japan's Justice System Reform Council over the past fifteen years, and its impact on access to justice in Japan.

Monday, November 17, 2014 - Trade with China: Past, Present, and Future

Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky, WilmerHale's Senior International Partner and former US Trade Representative, presented Trade with China: Past, Present, and Future to a large audence at the Law School. She is best known internationally as the architect and chief negotiator of China's historic WTO Agreement.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - South Korea-The World's Most Wired Nation: A Real-Life Case Study on Digital Rights and the Internet

We were fortunate to have Professor Sang Jo Jong as our Garvey Schubert Barer Visiting Professor for Autumn Quarter 2014, during which he taught Comparative Korean Law to our J.D. and LL.M. students. At this lecture, Professor Jong discussed his case study on censorship, personal information and privacy concerns, along with other issues facing Korea.

Friday, February 20, 2015 - Origins of Property Rights: from Monkeys to Modern Society

A Professor at Nagoya Gakuin University Faculty of Law, and Of Counsel at the prominent Japanese law firm of Anderson Mori & Tomotsune, Professor Masanobu Kato visited UW Law on special invitation from UW President Michael Young. Professor Kato is considered to be one of Japan's leading civil code scholars, having produced respected works in Product Liability, Torts, Unjust Enrichment and Financial Leasing Contracts, and many other books.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - Hate Speech Regulation in Japan

Professor Shigenori Matsui of the University of British Columbia School of Law was kind enough to drive over to Seattle and lecture on "Hate Speech Regulation in Japan." The recent escalation of hate speech of right-wing groups against resident Koreans has triggered a new debate. Professor Matsui explored the reasons behind the reluctance of the Japanese government to legislate a ban on hate speech, what kind of ban could be introduced, and how it would stand up against "freedom-of-expression" challenges in Japan.

Thursday, April 23, 2015 - Rural Land Reform in China: An Old Issue for a New Leadership

Mr. Li Ping, senior attorney for LANDESA's China team, and a leading authority on land-related law in China, presented "Rural Land Reform in China: An Old Issue for a New Leadership." He started with the postwar evolution of land reform and explained how China's new leaders need to address issues such as land takings, regime reform, collective ownership vs. farmers' entitled property rights, corporate land acquisition, and women's land rights.

Monday, May 4, 2015 - Vietnam: A Country not a War

Ambassador Michael Michalak, former U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam, presented this lecture on how Vietnam is integrating into the 21st century global economy and preparing to be a leader in Southeast Asia, while facing domestic and foreign policy challenges.

The Audience

One of the attractions of the Asian Law Lecture Series is the diversity among our audience. Starting with UW law students, staff, faculty, visiting scholars, and alumni, we are also joined by undergraduate and graduate students, staff, and faculty from various other UW departments, including the Jackson School of International Studies, Asian Languages and Literature, and Urban Design and Planning. We also enjoy the participation of legal practitioners and members of the local Consulates General. Lectures are typically followed by engaging question-and-answer sessions, and a reception where participants can get to know each other and address the speaker individually.

Asian Law Lecture Series 2013-14

The fall of 2013 saw the launch of the Asian Law Lecture Series, with a distinguished group of scholars delivering their lectures to an audience of professors and students from the Law School and the Jackson School of International Studies.

September 26, 2013 - Territorial and Maritime Disputes between Japan and China: Is Compromise Possible?

To kick off this series, Professor Thomas J. Schoenbaum of George Washington University talked about various territorial and maritime disputes that threaten to disrupt the otherwise friendly relations between nations in East and Southeast Asia, the available method of dispute settlement, and the applicable law. He introduced the concept of 'critical date,' and suggested a comprehensive compromise solution between China and Japan.

October 15, 2013 - Translation, Codification and Transplantation of Foreign Laws in Taiwan

Our second lecturer was Professor Taysheng Wang, who is Lifetime Distinguished Professor at National Tawian University College of Law, and a graduate of our Ph.D. Program in Law. He talked about legal modernization in Taiwan's recent history, noting that the first modern-style codes implemented in Taiwan were products of the modernization of Meiji Japan, whereas the codes effective today came from China. Therefore, the legal development of Taiwan should be understood with reference to the translation, codification and transplantation of laws from Japan and China.

October 28, 2013 - Modernity and its problematique for Japanese Constitutional Theory

Professor Hajime Yamamoto, Vice Dean of Keio University Law School, talked about Japanese constitutional theory. He Covered a broad range of issues that Japan has faced since the Meiji Revolution, in adopting some, but not all, of the ideas behind western constitutionalism. Against the current backdrop of the ruling conservative party's desire to revise the constitution, Professor Yamamoto Stressed that human rights and respect for individual autonomy must be paramount in any such effort.

November 14, 2013 - Reflections on hte Legal Profession and its Future in China

Professor Jingwen Zhu of China's Renmin University talked about the legal profession and increasing litigation in contemporary China. Using data drawn from the period 1981-2011, professor Zhu analyzed trends in China's legal system such as the number and types of cases tried in courts compared to the number mediated; increases in the numbers of judges and lawyers, and rates of judicial corruption..

November 26, 2013 - The "Village" Paradign: Is It Still Viable?

Professor John O. Haley, who directed this Asian Law Program from 1988 to 2001, reintroduced the notion of the Japanese 'village,' but raised the question whether the 'village' paradigm remains viable, given recent political, economic, and legal change. Professor Haley is one of the nation's outstanding international and comparative law scholars. In 2012 he was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun (3rd Class) from the Emperor of Japan for his contribution to the discipline of Japanese law and education to Japanese legal professionals and academics.

January 21, 2014 - Japanese Attitudes towards Contracts: An Empirical Wrinkle in the Debate

University of Washington President Michael Young spoke on his empirical research on the Japanese legal conscieusness. Contrary to their hypothesis that legal education would imbue in tis recipients wtih a preference for strict adherence to hte contractual terms, his empirical research suggested that law students had a decided preference, over their non-law counterparts, for flexibility in the interpretation of contracts. President Young was Professor of Japanese Law for more than 20 years, and has published extensively on japan's legal system and other subjects.

February 5, 2014 - China's Guiding Cases: Re-Evaluating their Validity and Authority

Professor Qi Zhang, Executive Director of the Institute of Comparative Law and Legal Sociology at Peking University Law School, spoke on China's guiding case system. The Supreme People's Court has now released a total of twenty-one guiding cases, and it has become popular practice among Chinese judges to use guiding cases in their trial work. Professor Zhang considered what kind of precedent or guiding case system China should deploy, and how much influence they will ha ve in the local people's courts and the Supreme People's Court.

May 7, 2014 - The Korean Family in Colonial Space: Caught between Modernity and Assimilation

Professor Clark Sorensen, Chair of the Korea Studies program at the UW Jackson School of international Studies, discussed how the colonial period significantly altered teh modern Korean family, to conform to the Japanese 'corporate house system,' as opposed to one based on patri-lineage.

May 13, 2014 - How the Conservatives Still Rule Japan - The 2012 General Election

Professor Robert Pekkanen, of the UW Jackson School of International Studies, spoke on te uniqueness of japan's electoral system and the results it produced at the 2012 general election. Professor Pekkanen's latest book, "Japan Decides 2012" was published in July 2013, less than seven months after the 2012 general election in Japan.

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