The study of Asia and its plural legal systems is of increasing significance, both within and outside Asia. Lawyers, whether in Australia, America or Europe, or working within an Asian jurisdiction, require a sound knowledge of how the law operates across this fast-growing and diverse region. Law and Legal Institutions of Asia is the first book to offer a comprehensive assessment of eleven key jurisdictions in Asia - China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam, Singapore and the Philippines. Written by academics and practitioners with particular expertise in their state or territory, each chapter uses a breakthrough approach, facilitating cross-jurisdictional comparisons and giving essential insights into how law functions in different ways across the region and in each of the individual jurisdictions.
Ann Black is Senior Lecturer in Law at the TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland. Gary F. Bell is Director of the Asian Law Institute and Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore.
Introduction; 1. China: legal reform in an emerging socialist market economy JiangYu Wang; 2. Taiwan: external influences mixed with traditional elements to form its unique legal system Chang-fa Lo; 3. Hong Kong: maintaining a common law legal system in a non-western culture Benny Y. T. Tai; 4. Japan: the importance and evolution of legal institutions at the turn of the century Kent Anderson; 5. Korea: bridging the gap between Korean substance and western form Youngjoon Kwon; 6. The Vietnamese legal system: the last twenty years, the present and the future Dang Xuan Hop; 7. Malaysia: undermining its fundamental institutions and prospects for reform Tsun Hang Tey; 8. Indonesia: the challenges of legal diversity and law reform Gary F. Bell; 9. Brunei Darussalam: ideology and law in a Malay sultanate Ann Black; 10. Singapore: a statist legal laboratory Kevin Y. L. Tan; 11. The Republic of the Philippines: native culture and transplanted institutions that advance or hinder women's rights Elizabeth Aguiling-Pangalangan; Index.