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Public Interest Litigation in Asia

1st Edition

Edited by Po Jen Yap, Holning Lau


170 pages

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This edited volume is a timely and insightful contribution to the growing discourses on public law in Asia. Surveying many important jurisdictions in Asia including mainland China, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan, the book addresses recent developments and experiences in the field of public interest litigation. The book offers a comparative perspective on public law, asking crucial questions about the role of the state and how private citizens around Asia have increasingly used the forms, procedures and substance of public law to advance public and political aims.

In addition to addressing specific jurisdictions in Asia, the book includes a helpful and introduction that highlights regional trends in Asia. In the jurisdictions profiled, transnational public interest litigation trends have commingled with local dynamics. This volume sheds light on how that commingling has produced both legal developments that cut across Asian jurisdictions as well as developments that are unique to each of the jurisdictions studied.

Table of Contents

1. Public Interest Litigation in Asia: an overview, Po Jen Yap and Holning Yau 2. The Development of Public Interest Litigation in China, Hualing Fu and Richard Cullen 3. Locus Standi and Public Interest Litigation in Hong Kong: a comparative study, Po Jen Yap 4. Public Interest Litigation in India: a quest to achieve the impossible? Surya Deva 5. Public Interest Litigation in Malaysia: executive control and careful negotiation of the frontiers of judicial review, Tsun Hang Tey 6. Limitations on Public Interest Litigation in Singapore: internalizing political ideology and institutionalizing judicial self-restraint, Tsun Hang Tey 7. Public Interest Litigation in South Korea, Tae-Ung Baik 8. Public Interest Litigation in Taiwan: strategy for law and policy changes in the course of democratization, Wen-Chen Chang

About the Editors

Po Jen Yap is an Assistant Professor at the University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Law, and a Co-Deputy Director of the Centre for Comparative and Public Law. He holds an LLB from National University of Singapore and LLMs from Harvard and University College London.

Holning Lau is an Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina School of Law. He received his BA from the University of Pennsylvania and his JD from the University of Chicago.

About the Series

Routledge Law in Asia

The series examines legal system development and rule of law in Asia, using Western legal systems as comparison points. Given the great diversity among legal systems, the purpose is to understand how rule of law is conceived and implemented, and the role of law and the legal system with respect to economic growth, political reform and democratization, the protection of human rights, geopolitical stability and the engagement of Asian countries with other countries in the international arena. The project also addresses the Euro-American centricism of comparative law by replacing outdated stereotypes with empirically grounded, in-depth and up-to-date analyses of Asian legal systems across a wide range of issues and areas of law.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / Civil Law
LAW / Civil Procedure
LAW / Comparative
LAW / Courts
LAW / Gender & the Law
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Civil Rights