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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

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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

Australia's 1992 landmark case of Mabo v. The State of Queensland [No. 2] revoked the concept of terra nullius and for the first time since European colonization of the continent allowed indigenous Australians to obtain legal ownership of their traditional lands. The following year this groundbreaking decision became statutory law with the enactment of the Native Title Act (NTA) of 1993. The case law and the statutory act both failed, however, to adequately address the question of Aboriginal claims to sea properties. For many Australian Aboriginal groups, ownership of traditional lands does not abruptly end at a shoreline but extends to surrounding coast lines, intertidal zones, and offshore seas. This indigenous view is in stark contrast to Western concepts of property that have resulted in distinct bodies of law governing rights to the ownership of land versus rights to the ownership of sea.

The NTA recognizes exclusive Aboriginal property rights whether the traditional area is a land or sea property. The first case to test native title rights to sea property, The Commonwealth of Australia v. Yarmirr ("Croker Island") held, however, that native title can be recognized without the right to exclude. This precedential decision continues to bar exclusive Aboriginal ownership of sea properties and denies Aboriginal management of natural resources of the sea regardless of whether the group provides historical evidence of ownership and management. This Comment argues that the Croker Island decision does not comply with the NTA, is based in an erroneous understanding of Aboriginal law and custom, and should be overturned. This Comment further argues that where an Aboriginal group successfully provides evidentiary proof of a traditionally practiced right to exclude, native title must recognize and protect an exclusionary right to traditional sea properties. Granting ownership of traditionally held properties is central to rectifying harms caused by Australia's historic policy of dispossession of Aboriginal properties and is necessary to promote Aboriginal sovereignty.

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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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