1st Edition

International Law in East Asia

By Zou Keyuan, Jianfu Chen Copyright 2011

    As the world’s political and economic landscape changes in response to the rise of Asian countries such as China, so Asian influences on the global legal order will become more pronounced. Many countries in the region, such as Japan and South Korea, influence the development of international law in various ways, either individually or collectively through multinational organisations such as ASEAN. This collection of published work by leading East Asian scholars covers Asian perspectives concerning various issues in international law, ranging from general perspectives to particular themes such as international economic law, international human rights law, international ocean law, international criminal law, international security law and international dispute settlement. For the first time it provides a comprehensive picture of how and why East Asian countries participate in international law making, as well as comply with international law in their state practices. In so doing, the editors attempt to address the question whether the rising powers in East Asia will change the existing international legal order in future.

    Contents: Introduction; Part I International Law in General: From Asian Perspectives: Jurisdictional immunities in contemporary international law from Asian perspectives, Sompong Sucharitkul; The social science of international law: its evolution in Japan, Yoshiro Matsui. Part II International Economic Law: Financial liberalization and regulation in East Asia: lessons from financial crises and the Chinese experience of controlled liberalization, Jiangyu Wang; Reforms in FDI policy and the investment climate in Vietnam, Tien Quang Tran. Part III International Human Rights Law: Human rights and sexual abuse: the impact of international human rights law on Japan, Keisuke Iida; The international covenant on civil and political rights: one covenant, two Chinese texts?, Sun Shiyan. Part IV International Environmental Law: Transnational cooperation for managing the control of environmental disputes in East Asia, Zou Keyuan. Part V International Ocean Law: The Chinese traditional maritime boundary line in the South China Sea and its legal consequences for the resolution of the dispute over the Spratly Islands, Zou Keyuan; Indonesia and the South China Sea initiative, Hasjim Djalal; Vietnam and the code of conduct for the South China Sea, Nguyen Hong Thao. Part VI International Criminal Law: Implementation of international criminal law: reconsideration from the perspective of Japanese law, Toshiyuki Tanaka; China and the International Criminal Court: current situation, Bing Bing Jia. Part VII International Security Law: Arms control law in crisis? A study of the North Korean nuclear issue, Masahiko Asada; Establishment of a de jure peace on the Korean peninsula: inter-Korean peace treaty-making under international law, Eric Yong-Joong Lee. Part VIII International Dispute Settlement: The experience of Asia with international adjudication, Hisashi Owada; The uses of Pacific settlement techniques in Malaysia-Singapore relations, C.L. Lim; Name index.


    Zou Keyuan is Harris Professor of International Law in the School of Law, Central Lancashire University, UK and Jianfu Chen is Professor in the School of Law, La Trobe University, Australia.