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The complete collection of articles and abstracts for the Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal is available in the Marian Gould Gallagher Law Library digital archives.

Volume 18  |  Issue 3  |  June 2009

Getting Property Right: "Informal" Mortgages in the Japanese Courts

Frank G. Bennett, Jr.
18 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 463

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Electronic Money and the Law: Legal Realities and Future Challenges

Nobuhiko Sugiura translated by Jean J. Luyat
18 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 511

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A Tale of Regulation in the European Union and Japan: Does Characterizing the Business of Stored-Value Cards as a Financial Activity Impact its Development?

Jean J. Luyat
18 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 525

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Australia's Heritage Protection Act: An Alternative to Copyright in the Struggle to Protect Communal Interests in Authored Works of Folklore

Jake Phillips
18 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 547

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Reaching Back to Move Forward: Using Adverse Possession to Resolve Land Conflicts in Timor-Leste

Charlotte C. Williams
18 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 575

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Volume 18  |  Issue 2  |  April 2009

A Study of Cyber Violence and Internet Service Providers' Liability: Lessons from China

Anne S.Y. Cheung
18 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 323

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Modernizing Charity Law in China

Rebecca E. Lee
18 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 347

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No Room for Dissent: China's Laws Against Disturbing Social Order Undermine its Commitments to Free Speech and Hamper the Rule of Law

Mindy K. Longanecker
18 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 373

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Safeguarding China's Cultural History: Proposed Amendments to the 2002 Law on the Protection of Cultural Relics

Amanda K. Maus
18 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 405

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Article 14 of China's New Labor Contract Law: Using Open-Term Contracts to Appropriately Balance Worker Protection and Employer Flexibility

Jovita T. Wang
18 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 433

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Volume 18  |  Issue 1  |  January 2009

Directors' Liability for Corporate Faults and Defaults - An International Comparison

Helen Anderson
18 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 1

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China's New Anti-Monopoly Law: A Perspective from the Untied States

Thomas R. Howell, Alan Wm. Woloff, Rachel Howe, and Diane Oh
18 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 53

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Comprehensive Strengthening of Intellectual Property Adjudication Will Provide Powerful Judicial Guarantees for Constructing an Innovation-Based Country and Harmonious Society

Written by Cao Jianming, Translation by Josef Rawert
18 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 97

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Disability Rights in Cambodia: Using the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities to Expose Human Rights Violations

Ulrike Bushbacher Connelly
18 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 123

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China's Environmental Problems: Is a Specialized Court the Solution?

Darcey J. Goelz
18 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 155

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Redefining Motherhood: Discrimination in Legal Parenthood in Japan

Rachel Brehm King
18 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 189

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Thin Shields Pierce Easily: A Case for Fortifying the Journalists' Privilege in New Zealand

Devin M. Smith
18 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 217

In late 2006, New Zealand's Parliament inserted Section 68 into the nation's Evidence Act 2006, providing for the first time a testimonial privilege specifically protecting journalists from compelled disclosure of their confidential sources. The privilege, commonly referred to as a shield law, has been met with approval from politicians, media commentators, and journalists, both in New Zealand and beyond.

While New Zealand's reporter shield law goes a long way toward extending press freedoms, it ultimately falls short of the country's historically robust commitment to the free flow of information. Section 68's most glaring shortcoming is the ease with which a judge can tear down its protections. A judicial determination that the public interest in the disclosure of the source outweighs the public interest in maintaining confidentiality will pierce the shield. Unfortunately, balancing tests such as the one codified in Section 68 have a track record of exploitation, often with fair trial concerns overriding free expression.

In that light, Section 68 should be strengthened for three purposes: 1) to reflect the nation's longstanding commitment to a free and vibrant media, 2) to satisfy the requirements of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990, and 3) to accord with effective models from other democratic governments. Two relevant sources the country could mine for guidance include United States federal law and the newly enacted shield law in Washington State. New Zealand would be well served by observing not only the protective innovations of the two models, but also their shortcomings. The federal status quo in the U.S., should serve as a cautionary tale, both from policy and legal standpoints.

Washington State's statute on the other hand, strikes an appropriate balance between the public interest in disclosure and the public interest in protecting journalists' sources.

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Entitled as Against None: How the Wrongly Decided Croker Island Case Perpetuates Aboriginal Dispossession

Siiri Aileen Wilson
18 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 249

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Expanding Human Rights to Persons with Disabilities: Laying the Groundwork for a Twenty-First Century Movement

Yanghee Lee
18 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 283

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Mining the Intersections: Advancing the Rights of Women and Children with Disabilities Within an Interrelated Web of Human Rights

Rangita de Silva de Alwis
18 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 293

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