Welcome to CRN33-EALS!
Collaborative Research Network 33 - East Asian Law and Society
CRN-EALS will organize sessions at the annual meeting of the Law and Society Association to be held in New Orleans, USA on 2-5 June 2016.
Associate Professor Kyoko Ishida (Waseda University, Japan).
Law and society in East Asia are currently in the midst of rapid and fundamental changes. This provides fertile grounds for socio-legal research. Using the momentum provided by these changes, the Collaborative Research Network East Asian Law and Society (CRN-EALS) 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 CRN- EALS. Its members are made up of scholars researching on East Asia, and others wishing to enrich their research and theories with findings from the region. As of May 2010, CRN-EALS has over 200 members.
CRN-EALS organizes sessions at the annual meetings of the LSA. Papers on any aspects or issues of law and society in East Asia are welcome.
Activities of CRN-EALS are organized by its Planning Committee, which is made up of members from different countries.
CRN-EALS has decided to establish the Asian Law and Society Association (ALSA) at its Business Meeting in Seattle, U.S.A. on 29 May 2015. The Constitution of ALSA was adopted at the Business Meeting of CRN-EALS on 6 August 2015 in Tokyo, Japan. The purpose of ALSA is gto foster socio-legal scholarship on Asia and disseminate its findings to the broader community of socio-legal scholarshiph (Article 2, ALSA Constitution). For details about ALSA, please visit its website.
East Asian Law and Society Conferences
CRN-EALS is also envisioned to grow into an institutional base for the holding of regional LSA meetings on a regular basis.
With this vision, it has held four regional conferences as follows:
1. The Inaugural East Asian Law and Society Conference in Hong Kong on 5-6 February 2010, jointly with the Faculty of Law, the University of Hong Kong;
2. The Second East Asian Law and Society Conference on 30 September – 1 October 2011 at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea; and the
3. The Third East Asian Law and Society Conference on 22-23 March 2013 in KoGuan Law School, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China.
4. The Fourth East Asian Law and Society Conference on 4-6 August 2015 in Waseda Law School, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan.
All these four East Asian Law and Society Conferences were highly successful. In each of the first two conferences, over 150 delegates from many places around the world (such as China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Australia, Sweden, and USA etc.) have participated. Over 200 delegates from many countries (such as Australia, India, Japan, Korea, Singapore, U.K., and U.S.A.) participated in the third conference. A total of 266 delegates registered for the Fourth East Asian Law and Society Conference (Tokyo, Japan; 2015).
With the establishment of the Asian Law and Society Association, the Fourth East Asian Law and Society Conference (4-6 August 2015) was the last East Asian Law and Society Conference. From 2016, Asian Law and Society Conferences will be organized and held. The Inaugural Asian Law and Society Conference will be held in the National University of Singapore, Singapore in 2016. The Second Asian Law and Society Conference will be held in the National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan in 2017.
News & Information
The Fourth East Asian Law and Society Conference was successfully held on 4-6 August 2015 in Waseda Law School, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan.
CRN-EALS has organized/co-sponsored 10 sessions, a Business Meeting and Group Dinner at the 2015 Law and Society Association meeting (28 - 31 May 2015; Seattle, USA).
Some papers from the Third East Asian Law and Society Conference have been published in a book:
Setsuo Miyazawa, Weidong Ji, Hiroshi Fukurai, Kay-Wah Chan and Matthias Vanhullebusch (eds) East Asiafs Renewed Respect for the Rule of Law in the 21st Century: The Future of Legal and Judicial Landscapes in East Asia (Brill Nijhoff, 2015).
CRN-EALS has organized/co-sponsored 8 sessions and a Business Meeting at the 2014 Law and Society Association meeting (29 May – 1 June 2014; Minneapolis, USA).
CRN-EALS has organized/co-sponsored 8 sessions and a Business Meeting at the 2013 Law and Society Association meeting (30 May – 2 June 2013; Boston, USA).
The Third East Asian Law and Society Conference was successfully held on 22-23 March 2013 in KoGuan Law School, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China.
CRN-EALS has sponsored the Inaugural Symposium of the East Asian Law Program at the UC Hastings College of the Law gSuccesses, Failures, and Remaining Issues of the Justice System Reform in Japanh held on 7 September 2012 at the UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, U.S.A. There is post-Symposium publication.
CRN-EALS has organized/co-sponsored 15 sessions and a Business Meeting for the 2012 International Conference on Law and Society held on 5-8 June 2012 in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. CRN-EALS had a dinner function during the Conference.
The Second East Asian Law and Society Conference (Dialects and Dialectics: East Asian Dialogues in Law and Society) has been successfully held in Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea on 30 September – 1 October 2011.
CRN-EALS has organized 11 sessions, its Business Meeting and a group dinner for the annual meeting of the Law and Society Association held on 2-5 June 2011 in San Francisco, U.S.A.
CRN-EALS has organized eight (8) sessions for the annual meeting of the LSA held in Chicago on 27-30 May 2010. It has also held a Business Meeting on 28 May 2010. After the Business Meeting, CRN-EALS had a dinner function.
The Inaugural East Asian Law and Society Conference (Changing Socio-Legal Landscapes in East Asia: Common Trends and Local Variations) has been successfully held in the University of Hong Kong on 5-6 February 2010. For details about the Conference, please see its website.
Last updated: 16 August 2015