The 4th East Asian Law & Society Conference
Conference Theme: The Role of Law in Bridging Chasms
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DATE: Aug. 4-6, 2015@@VENUE: Waseda University, Tokyo, JAPAN

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Dear prospective participants of the 4th East Asian Legal Studies Conference (EALS2015):

We are pleased to inform you that a preliminary program of the upcoming EALS 2015 is now available at URL below. We very much appreciate your patience.


Please check this site periodically as we may have to make various adjustments.

In addition to the nine keynote speeches, there will be more than 50 sessions. Since the EALS 2015 is part of activities of the CRN33 on East Asian Law and Society of the Law and Society Association (LSA), we are pleased and honored to have the current President (Valerie Hans), the immediate past President (Carroll Seron), and a past President (Malcolm M. Feeley) of the LSA participate in this conference. We should also mention that Masayuki Suo, the director of the 2007 movie gI Still Didnft Do Ith will be interviewed at a session on August 6 about his experience as a member of the special committee on gCriminal Justice in a New Erah of the Justice Ministry of Japan in 2013 to 2014, which discussed, among other matters, video recording of interrogations.

Furthermore, we will adopt the Constitution of the Asian Law and Society Association (ALSA) at the business meeting on August 7. You are all requested to attend it. The first election of ALSA officers will be held in this fall on the basis of it. The EALS 2015 will become the last regional meeting of the CRN33, and the next regional meeting will be held in Sydney in 2016 as the first annual meeting of the ALSA. Details of the Sydney meeting will be announced there.

Please register as soon as possible if you have not yet done so. We guarantee that the EALS 2015 is going to be a very rich and satisfying event.

We are looking forward to seeing you soon in Tokyo!

Best regards,

Setsuo Miyazawa
Chair, Organizing Committee of the EALS 2015
Aoyama Gakuin University and UC Hastings College of the Law

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General Theme: The Role of Law in Bridging Chasms In and Among Asian Societies

Asia is not one. Asian societies do not share one single unique value system; they have spawned a variety of traditions and value systems, partly in harmony and partly in conflict. At the same time, they all confront similar forces from within and without that shape social change. They also confront similar challenges in building bridges across great chasms formed by disparities in wealth, power, social standing and other factors.

The CRN33 on East Asian Law and Society is uniquely positioned to provide a collaborative forum for scholars from around the region to share their work on the role of legal systems and actors within legal systems who seek to bridge these chasms. At our fourth regional conference, we wish to showcase a broad spectrum of their work. We especially encourage work that addresses the role of law in bridging chasms that reflect political, religious, and cultural differences and that affect access to justice and the allocation of financial, medical, and other social resources. We also seek studies of the role of legal systems in accommodating the interests of different segments of society such as rural vs. urban, men vs. women, young vs. old, wealthy vs. indigent, higher social strata vs. lower social strata, native vs. immigrant, corporation vs. individual, and other subjects of interest to our members.

We also welcome work on efforts to lower tensions among East Asian countries and between East Asian and other countries and on efforts to promote peaceful co-existence. We particularly invite work that investigates roles played by the various segments of the legal profession and other actors involved in developing policy and legislation and administering government programs, as well as seeking to resolve the conflicts that arise from chasms both within societies and between different societies.

We will invite nine scholars and practitioners as keynote speakers for this general theme of the conference. Furthermore, session proposals and individual paper submissions on any socio-legal topic will be most welcome. We expect to announce a Call for Session Proposals and Individual Paper Submissions in February 2015. Please apply!