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Legal Education in Asia

Globalization, Change and Contexts, 1st Edition

Edited by Stacey Steele, Kathryn Taylor


334 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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Legal education is undergoing rapid change throughout Asia. This book is a critique of the changing nature of legal education in major Asian jurisdictions as diverse as Afghanistan, Australia, Cambodia, the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and Vietnam. It provides cross-country comparative material, including Western legal education systems, and particularly detailed coverage of Japan, whose legal education system has been used by many other countries in Asia as a model to imitate. Despite the diverse histories, societies, traditions and political and economic situations of these countries, they all share common themes of change, renewal and reform in their legal education systems. The jurisdictions also generally tend to be embracing globalisation, despite (or in some instances because of) the association of globalisation with other movements, such as the development of market economies and neo-liberal ideals.

This is the first significant collection available in English on the subject of pre-qualification legal education in Asia, providing a valuable multi-jurisdictional tool for academics and students of Asian legal studies, law reformers, governance experts, development practitioners and lawyers working in the region.


"The book is an important contribution for students, practitioners and others interested in learning about their counterparts from Asian–Pacific countries, and it should be part of any collection supporting this inquiry, along with classics such as Abel and Lewis’s Lawyers in Society and Felstiner’s Reorganisation and Resistance. Just as U.S. law students need these and more to prepare for working in a global environment, those involved in reforming U.S. legal education will find the book a valuable resource for honing their peripheral vision." - Carole Silver; 61 Journal of Legal Education 691 (2012)

Table of Contents

Foreword - Kenneth Hayne Note on Citation and Naming Conventions Acknowledgements and Dedication List of Contributors List of Photographs and Tables Part I: Introduction 1. Introduction – Legal Education in Asia: Globalization, Change and Contexts - Stacey Steele and Kathryn Taylor 2. The Study of Asian Legal Systems in Australia and Professor Malcolm D.H. Smith: They Called Him ‘Mal’ - Stacey Steele Part II: Legal Education: Globalization And Contexts 3. Gatekeepers: A Comparative Critique of Admission to the Legal Profession and Japan’s New Law Schools - Kent Anderson and Trevor Ryan 4. Internationalization of Legal Education: Putting the ‘Why’ Before The ‘How’ - Jeff Waincymer 5. Teaching and Researching Japanese Law: A German Perspective - Harald Baum Part III: Legal Education In Developed Economies 6. Legal Education in Hong Kong: Producing The Producers - Carol Jones 7. Thinking of the Development of Legal Education in Taiwan: An Analysis of the History Of Law and Society - Tay-Sheng Wang, Translated and Abridged by Sean Cooney 8. Legal Education in Singapore and the Introduction of a New Law School at the Singapore Management University: A New Chapter Begins - Kee Yang Low 9. Legal Education In Korea: New Law School Reforms - Simon Lee Part IV: Country Case Study – Japan 10. Creation of Japanese Law Schools and their Current Development - Noboru Kashiwagi 11. Butaman for Breakfast and Other Morsels of Legal Reasoning - Dan Rosen Part V: Legal Education In Transitional Economies 12. Asia’s Legal Education as Development - Veronica Taylor 13. Effectiveness of Donor-Funded Legal Education: A Vietnamese Retrospective - Pip Nicholson and Samantha Hinderling 14. Legal Education in the People’s Republic Of China: The Ongoing Story of Politics and Law - Sarah Biddulph 15. Legal Education in Cambodia: Shunning the Course Of History - Teilee Kuong 16. Islamic Legal Education in Indonesia: Tradition In Transition - Jemma Parsons and Jamhari Makruf

About the Editors

Stacey Steele is Associate Director at Asian Law Centre, University of Melbourne, Australia. Kathryn Taylor is the Manager of the Asian Law Centre at the University of Melbourne Law School.

About the Series

Routledge Law in Asia

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General