Call for Papers September 30th: Inaugural East Asian Law and Society Conference

Inaugural East Asian Law and Society Conference 


Changing Socio-Legal Landscapes in East Asia:

Common Trends and Local Variations


Date: 5-6 February 2010
Venue: University of Hong Kong
Organizers: CRN East Asian Law and Society (Law and Society Association) and Faculty of Law, the University of Hong Kong
Note: All paper or panel proposals must be in English and sent by email to: Professor Hiroshi Fukurai (hfukurai@ucsc.edu) not later than 30 September 2009.

The Collaborative Research Network (CRN) East Asian Law and Society is delighted to announce that it will hold its inaugural East Asian Law and Society Conference on 5-6 February 2010 in the dynamic and vibrant city of Hong Kong. The Conference will be held at the University of Hong Kong. Scholars, legal practitioners, PhD candidates and researchers are welcome to participate. The conference theme is: Changing Socio-Legal Landscapes in East Asia: Common Trends and Local Variations. Participants do not need to be a member of the CRN East Asian Law and Society to attend the Conference.

CRN East Asian Law and Society was formed within the Law and Society Association (LSA) to provide a forum for promoting research on East Asian law and society and disseminating its findings to a wider community of socio-legal scholarship. Both Northeast Asia and Southeast Asia are covered under this CRN. It welcomes scholars researching on East Asia, and others wishing to enrich their research and theories with findings from the region. CRN East Asian Law and Society has a vision to grow into an institutional base for the holding of regional LSA meetings on a regular basis. The inaugural conference in Hong Kong is organized with this vision.

As of June 2009, confirmed keynote speakers include Professor Johannes Chan (Dean, Faculty of Law, the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong), Professor Zhenmin Wang (Dean, School of Law, Tsinghua University, China), and Professor Malcolm Feeley (former President of the Law and Society Association).

We invite proposals for papers and panels that are related to the conference theme (Changing Socio-Legal Landscapes in East Asia: Common Trends and Local Variations) or fall within any of the following streams on East Asian law and society:

  • Legal Education and Training 
  • Legal and Quasi-legal Professions 
  • Dispute Resolution and Civil Litigation 
  • Lay Participation and Other Forms of Democratic Justice 
  • Gender in Law 
  • Criminal Justice 
  • Constitutional Law


Any papers or panels related to the conference theme (Changing Socio-Legal Landscapes in East Asia: Common Trends and Local Variations) are welcome, whether or not falling under any of the above-listed streams.

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