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Routledge Law in Asia


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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 The project also addresses the Euro-American centricism of comparative law by replacing outdated stereotypes with empirically grounded, in-depth and up-to-date analyses of Asian legal systems across a wide range of issues and areas of law.

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Crime and Punishment in Indonesia

Crime and Punishment in Indonesia

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Tim Lindsey, Helen Pausacker
December 15, 2020

Indonesia’s criminal law system is dysfunctional. Despite the country’s transition to democracy, both the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code are badly out of date, the former only superficially changed since colonial times and the latter remaining as it was under Soeharto’s authoritarian...

Law and Society in Malaysia Pluralism, Religion and Ethnicity

Law and Society in Malaysia Pluralism, Religion and Ethnicity

1st Edition

Andrew Harding, Dian A. H. Shah
December 12, 2019

This book provides a systematic and interdisciplinary examination of law and legal institutions in Malaysia. It examines legal issues from historical, social, and political perspectives, and discusses the role of law in relation to Malaysian multiculturalism, religion, politics, and society. It ...

Constitutional Change in Singapore Reforming the Elected Presidency

Constitutional Change in Singapore Reforming the Elected Presidency

1st Edition

Jaclyn L Neo, Swati Jhaveri
December 09, 2019

Once a ceremonial position modelled after the constitutional monarchy in the United Kingdom, the office of the President of Singapore was transformed from an appointed to an elected one in 1991. As the head of state, but not the head of government, the elected President was to have additional ...

Judicial Reform in Taiwan Democratization and the Diffusion of Law

Judicial Reform in Taiwan Democratization and the Diffusion of Law

1st Edition

Neil Chisholm
November 11, 2019

This book examines Taiwan’s judicial reform process, which began three years after the 1996 transition to democracy, in 1999, when Taiwanese legal and political leaders began discussing how to reform Taiwan’s judicial system to meet the needs of the new social and political conditions. Covering ...

Freedom of Information Reform in China Information Flow Analysis

Freedom of Information Reform in China Information Flow Analysis

1st Edition

Weibing Xiao
January 22, 2018

Freedom of Information (FOI) in China is often perceived as a recent and intriguing phenomenon. This book presents a more complex and detailed understanding of the evolution of FOI in China, using information flow analysis to explore the gradual development of government receptivity to FOI in an ...

Constitutional Interpretation in Singapore Theory and Practice

Constitutional Interpretation in Singapore Theory and Practice

1st Edition

Jaclyn L Neo
January 12, 2018

At the heart of constitutional interpretation is the struggle between, on the one hand, fidelity to founding meanings, and, on the other hand, creative interpretation to suit the context and needs of an evolving society. This book considers the recent growth of constitutional cases in ...

Religion, Law and Intolerance in Indonesia

Religion, Law and Intolerance in Indonesia

1st Edition

Tim Lindsey, Helen Pausacker
January 12, 2018

Despite its overwhelmingly Muslim majority, Indonesia has always been seen as exceptional for its diversity and pluralism. In recent years, however, there has been a rise in "majoritarianism", with resurgent Islamist groups pushing hard to impose conservative values on public life – in many cases ...

Politics and Constitutions in Southeast Asia

Politics and Constitutions in Southeast Asia

1st Edition

Marco Bünte, Björn Dressel
December 21, 2017

In recent years the constitutional landscape of Southeast Asia has changed tremendously. Against a worldwide background of liberalization, globalization, and democratization, states in the region have begun to alter their constitutions, reinforcing human rights provisions, and putting in place ...

Juries in the Japanese Legal System The Continuing Struggle for Citizen Participation and Democracy

Juries in the Japanese Legal System The Continuing Struggle for Citizen Participation and Democracy

1st Edition

Dimitri Vanoverbeke
October 12, 2017

Trial by jury is not a fundamental part of the Japanese legal system, but there has been a recent important move towards this with the introduction in 2009 of the lay assessor system whereby lay people sit with judges in criminal trials. This book considers the debates in Japan which surround this ...

Confucian Constitutionalism in East Asia

Confucian Constitutionalism in East Asia

1st Edition

Bui Ngoc Son
May 24, 2017

Western liberal constitutionalism has expanded recently, with, in East Asia, the constitutional systems of Japan, South Korea and Taiwan based on Western principles, and with even the socialist polities of China and Vietnam having some regard to such principles. Despite the alleged universal ...

Legal Reforms in China and Vietnam A Comparison of Asian Communist Regimes

Legal Reforms in China and Vietnam A Comparison of Asian Communist Regimes

1st Edition

John Gillespie, Albert H.Y. Chen
January 21, 2016

Although the adoption of market reforms has been a key factor leading to China’s recent economic growth, China continues to be governed by a communist party and has a socialist-influenced legal system. Vietnam, starting later, also with a socialist-influenced legal system, has followed a similar ...

The Judicialization of Politics in Asia

The Judicialization of Politics in Asia

1st Edition

Björn Dressel
August 15, 2014

Over the last two decades courts have become major players in the political landscape in Asia. This book assesses what is driving this apparent trend toward judicialization in the region. It looks at the variations within the judicialization trend, and how these variations affect political practice...

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