June 22, 2011

Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal publishes Spring edition

Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal

SEATTLE--University of Washington School of Law recently published Issue 20.3 of the Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal, which features analysis of legal issues and developments in jurisdictions bordering the Pacific Ocean, including Asia, Oceania, and South American countries. The entire issue is available in print and can also be found electronically at www.law.washington.edu/PacRim.

This edition’s articles include:

  • “Legal Compliance and Korea’s Financial Services Market: A Strategic Approach” by Young-Cheol Jeong.
  • “Labor Relations and Labor Law in Japan” by Atsushi Tsuneki and Manabu Matsunaka.

This edition’s student comments include:

  • “Divorce and the Welfare of the Child in Japan” by Matthew J. McCauley.
  • “To Plea or Not to Plea: The Benefits of Establishing an Institutionalized Plea Bargaining System in Japan” by Priyanka Prakash.
  • “Death Penalty Sentencing in Japan Under the Lay Assessor System: Avoiding the Avoidable Through Unanimity” by Elizabeth M. Sher
  • “The Problem of Enforcing Nature’s Rights Under Ecuador’s Constitution: Why the 2008 Environmental Amendments Have No Bite” by Mary Elizabeth Whittemore.

Professor Young-Cheol Jeong of Yonsei Law School provides insight into South Korea’s booming Financial Services Market and the country’s criminal, administrative, and civil enforcement mechanisms regarding financial crimes and violations. The article is valuable both in its explanation of current enforcement tools, and in its recommendations for effective reform. Professor Atsushi Tsuneki of Osaka University and Professor Manabu Matsunaka of Nagoya University discuss Japan’s “mismatched regulatory approach” towards employment regulation. In their article, they argue that before the 1990’s, Japanese labor law contributed to an efficient economy by facilitating private bargaining. However, in the 1990, while some reforms worked to smooth inefficiencies in the market, other elements of Japanese labor law worked to directly regulate the economy . Tsuneki and Matsunaka argue that this incongruity hindered Japanese economic perfomance.

This issue’s student comments offer an assortment of subject areas. Matthew McCauley provides an insightful piece on Japanese family law, arguing that laws surrounding child custody in the case of divorce must be reformed. Mary Elizabeth Whittemore takes readers to Ecuador, the first nation to give rights to nature in its constitution. Whittemore finds that nature’s rights are not likely to be realized given current realities, and offers several suggestions that could lead to the enforcement of nature’s rights. Priyanka Prakash and Elizabeth M. Sher both discuss Japanese Criminal Procedure and offer recommendations for improving Japan’s current plea bargaining system and use of the death penalty, respectively.

In addition to submissions for print, the Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal is also seeking professional articles and student comments for publication in our online-only edition. This edition features shorter, more policy-based analysis of timely legal issues within the Journal’s geographic scope. For submissions or additional information, please see the Journal’s website.

Other past issues of the Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal are available here.