1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Asian Law

Edited By Christoph Antons Copyright 2017
    446 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    446 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook of Asian Law is a cutting-edge and comprehensive resource which surveys the interdisciplinary field of Asian Law. Written by an international team of experts, the chapters within cover issues as diverse as family law and Islamic courts, decentralisation and the revival of traditional forms of law, discourses on the rule of law, human rights, corporate governance and environmental protection

    The volume is divided into five parts covering:

    • Asia in Law, and the Humanities and Social Sciences;
    • The Political Economy of Law in Asia - Law in the Context of Asian Development; 

    • Asian traditions and their transformations;
    • Law, the environment, and access to land and natural resources;
    • People in Asia and their rights.

    Offering an overview of the full spectrum of Law in Asia, the Handbook is an invaluable resource for academics, researchers, lawyers, graduate and undergraduate students studying this ever-evolving field.

    Part I: Asia in Law, the Humanities and Social Sciences

    1. Introduction, Christoph Antons

    2. Law, Networks, Mobility: Nineteenth Century Provocations, Iza Hussin

    Part II: The Political Economy of Law in Asia – Law in the Context of Asian Development

    3. East Asia and the Study of Law and Development, John Ohnesorge

    4. A New China Model for the Post Global Financial Crisis Era: Legal Dimensions, Randall Peerenboom

    5. Constitutions, Constitutional Practice and Constitutionalism in East Asia, Albert H.Y. Chen

    6. The Vietnamese Courts and Reform Dynamics, Penelope Nicholson and Cait Storr

    7. The Role of Lawyers in South and East Asia, Yves Dezalay and Bryant G. Garth

    8. The Political Determinants of Corporate Reorganization in China, Roman Tomasic and Zinian Zhang

    9. Clusters and Links in Asian Intellectual Property Law, Peter Yu

    10. Innovation Governance Competition: Comparing India’s and China’s Electronic Commerce Development Strategies, Jane Winn

    11. Foreign Investment Law: Asian investment and the growth of regional investment agreements, Vivienne Bath and Luke Nottage

    Part III: Asian traditions and their transformations

    12. National Control over Local Lawmaking in Indonesia, Simon Butt

    13. Forestry Law, Masyarakat Adat, and Struggles for Inclusive Citizenship in Indonesia, Noer Fauzi Rachman and Mia Siscawati

    14. Legal and cultural landscapes: cultural and intellectual property concepts and the ‘safeguarding’ of intangible cultural heritage in Southeast Asia, Christoph Antons

    Part IV: Law, the environment and access to land and natural resources

    15. Transnational Sustainability Certification as a New Extraterritoriality? Peter Vandergeest

    16. The Regulation of Innovation in Agriculture and Sustainable Development in India and Southeast Asia, Rajeswari Kanniah and Christoph Antons

    17. Institutionalising Property: New Land Law in a New Nation-State, Daniel Fitzpatrick

    18. Water Law in India, Phillipe Cullet

    Part V: People in Asia and their rights

    19. Islamic Courts or Courts for Muslims? Shari’a and the State in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, Tim Lindsey

    20. Indigenous Peoples: Indigeneity, Indigeny or Indigenism? Geoffrey Benjamin

    21. Lèse-majesté, Asian style: Crisis of Monarchy in Pre-war Japan and Present-Day Thailand, David Streckfuss

    22. The construction of ethnicity in colonial law and its legacy: The example of the Peranakan Chinese in Indonesia, Rosy Antons-Sutanto and Christoph Antons


    Christoph Antons is a Professor of Law at Deakin University, Geelong, Australia; Chief Investigator, ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation; Affiliated Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition; Senior Fellow, Center for Development Research, University of Bonn, Germany.