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 The project also addresses the Euro-American centricism of comparative law by replacing outdated stereotypes with empirically grounded, in-depth and up-to-date analyses of Asian legal systems across a wide range of issues and areas of law.

  • Constitutional Change in Singapore

    Reforming the Elected Presidency, 1st Edition

    Edited by Jaclyn L Neo, Swati JHAVERI

    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…

    Hardback – 2019-12-12 
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  • Judicial Reform in Taiwan

    Democratization and the Diffusion of Law, 1st Edition

    By Neil Chisholm

    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…

    Hardback – 2019-11-22 
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  • Freedom of Information Reform in China

    Information Flow Analysis, 1st Edition

    By Weibing Xiao

    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…

    Paperback – 2018-01-22
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  • Religion, Law and Intolerance in Indonesia

    1st Edition

    Edited by Tim Lindsey, Helen Pausacker

    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…

    Paperback – 2018-01-12
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  • Constitutional Interpretation in Singapore

    Theory and Practice, 1st Edition

    Edited by Jaclyn L Neo

    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…

    Paperback – 2018-01-12
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  • Politics and Constitutions in Southeast Asia

    1st Edition

    Edited by Marco Bünte, Björn Dressel

    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…

    Paperback – 2017-12-21
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  • Law and Society in Malaysia

    Pluralism, Religion and Ethnicity, 1st Edition

    Edited by Andrew Harding, Dian A. H. Shah

    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…

    Hardback – 2017-12-11
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  • Juries in the Japanese Legal System

    The Continuing Struggle for Citizen Participation and Democracy, 1st Edition

    By Dimitri Vanoverbeke

    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…

    Paperback – 2017-10-12
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  • Confucian Constitutionalism in East Asia

    1st Edition

    By Bui Ngoc Son

    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…

    Paperback – 2017-05-24
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  • Legal Reforms in China and Vietnam

    A Comparison of Asian Communist Regimes, 1st Edition

    Edited by John Gillespie, Albert H.Y. Chen

    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…

    Paperback – 2016-01-21
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  • The Judicialization of Politics in Asia

    1st Edition

    Edited by Björn Dressel

    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…

    Paperback – 2014-08-15
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  • Law and Development in Asia

    1st Edition

    Edited by Gerald Paul McAlinn, Caslav Pejovic

    This book fills a gap in the literature by presenting a comprehensive overview of the key issues relating to law and development in Asia. Over recent decades, experts in law and development have produced multiple theories on law and development, none of which were derived from close study of Asian…

    Paperback – 2013-10-07
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  • Public Interest Litigation in Asia

    1st Edition

    Edited by Po Jen Yap, Holning Lau

    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…

    Paperback – 2012-09-06
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  • New Courts in Asia

    1st Edition

    Edited by Andrew Harding, Penelope Nicholson

    This book discusses court-oriented legal reforms across Asia with a focus on the creation of ‘new courts’ over the last 20 years. Contributors discuss how to judge new courts and examine whether the many new courts introduced over this period in Asia have succeeded or failed. The ‘new courts’ under…

    Paperback – 2011-05-17
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  • Legal Education in Asia

    Globalization, Change and Contexts, 1st Edition

    Edited by Stacey Steele, Kathryn Taylor

    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,…

    Paperback – 2011-05-12
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  • Regulation in Asia

    Pushing Back on Globalization, 1st Edition

    Edited by John Gillespie, Randall Peerenboom

    Unlike much analysis about regulation in Asia which focuses on globalisation and the transplant effect, leaving domestic influence over commercial regulation under-researched and under-theorized, this book focuses on how local actors influence regulatory change. It explores the complex economic and…

    Paperback – 2009-06-08
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  • Administrative Law and Governance in Asia

    Comparative Perspectives, 1st Edition

    Edited by Tom Ginsburg, Albert H.Y. Chen

    This book examines administrative law in Asia, exploring the profound changes in the legal regimes of many Asian states that have taken place in recent years. Political democratization in some countries, economic change more broadly and the forces of globalization have put pressure on the…

    Paperback – 2008-10-30
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  • Support for Victims of Crime in Asia

    1st Edition

    Edited by Wing-Cheong Chan

    Giving victims of crime a greater role in the criminal justice system is a relatively recent development, a trend likely to continue and increase in the foreseeable future. In many jurisdictions it has led to compensation schemes funded by the state, support for victims of crime to help them…

    Paperback – 2007-09-04
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  • Human Rights in Asia

    A Comparative Legal Study of Twelve Asian Jurisdictions, France and the USA, 1st Edition

    Edited by Randall Peerenboom, Carole J. Petersen, Albert H.Y. Chen

    Human Rights in Asia considers how human rights are viewed and implemented in Asia. It covers not just civil and political rights, but also social, economic and cultural rights. This study discusses the problems arising from the fact that ideas of human rights have evolved in Western…

    Paperback – 2006-06-09
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  • Asian Discourses of Rule of Law

    1st Edition

    Edited by Randall Peerenboom

    Rule of law is one of the pillars of the modern world, and widely considered necessary for sustained economic development, the implementation of democracy and the protection of human rights. It has however emerged in Western liberal democracies, and some people question how far it is likely to…

    Paperback – 2003-12-18
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