618 pages, 6 1/2 x 9
Release Date:30 Nov 1998

Asia-Pacific Legal Development

Edited by Gerry Ferguson
UBC Press

In this age of globalization many legal experts see evidence ofswift global movement toward an eventual single "world legalsystem." Yet, the trend to political and economic integration insome parts of the world is matched by the trend to disintegration inothers, where strong cultural and political resistance to externalinfluences exists. Asia-Pacific Legal Development traces current andprospective developments in several legal systems of the Asia-Pacificregion to make sense of these trends and counter-trends.

The contributing authors represent a wide variety of specialistexpertise, both "public" and "private," andtogether they encompass the three sectors that constitute a modernsystem of formal law: the economic, the behavioural, and the civic.Taking into account the opinions and perspectives of both indigenousand non-indigenous experts on topics ranging from prostitution toconstitutional law, the book surveys how several ASEAN nations, as wellas Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, are confronting social,economic, and legal change. In the first three parts, chapters aregrouped along general sectoral lines to cover economic, civic, andbehavioural themes, while in the fourth, cross-sectoral contexts areaddressed. With the introduction and concluding chapter, the editorsprovide an overall integrating framework as well as provocativeinsights into trends in legal development in the Asia-Pacific region,and on comparative legal research and writing in general.

Asia-Pacific Legal Development is not only an exemplarymodel for cooperative and comparative legal research and scholarlypluralism, but also a rich study of the increasingly relevant issue ofconvergence and divergence of legal systems, with a unique Asianfocus.

RELATED TOPICS: Asian Studies, International Law, Law
Douglas M. Johnston was the Chair in Asia-PacificLegal Relations at the University of Victoria until his retirement in1995. Currently he is Director of the Policy Research Programme at theNational University of Singapore, and Co-Director of the SoutheastAsian Programme in Ocean Law, Policy, and Management, based in Bangkok.He is a specialist in international and comparative law and haspublished extensively on the law of sea and international environmentallaw. Gerry Ferguson is a Professor of Law at theUniversity of Victoria Faculty of Law, has been a visiting professor ata number of law faculties in the Asia-Pacific region, and is a memberof the Board of Directors of the International Centre for Criminal LawReform and Criminal Justice Policy and of the Advisory Council of theLaw Commission of Canada. He is a specialist in criminal law and mentalhealth law.

The Convergence of Securities Law: Case Studies of Malaysia,Singapore, Japan, and China / Mark Gillen, Pitman Potter

Parallel Importation and Reputation Spillover: Transnationalizationof Law and Legal Doctrine in a Transactional Context / RobertHowell

Asia-Pacific Competition Law Frameworks: ASEAN and APEC Models /William A.W. Neilson

Parliamentary Supremacy: Contrasting Change and Continuity inThailand / Cheryl Crane, Mark Gillen, Ted L. McDorman

Constitutional Change and Continuity in Thailand / Ted L.McDorman

The Functions of a Written Constitution: Perspectives on the 1992Vietnamese Constitution / Joanna Harrington, Ted. L. McDorman,William A.W. Neilson, Douglas M. Johnston

Legal Regulation of Mental Disorder: Looking East and West /Gerry Ferguson

Whores, Soiled Doves, or Working Women?: Law, Society, and the SexTrade in Australia, Canada, and Thailand / John McLaren

Environmental Security and the Quest for Sacred Text: Trends inNorth America and Southeast Asia / Douglas M. Johnston

Indigenous Peoples and Legal Responses: Case Studies in Australia,Canada, New Zealand, and the United States / Hamar Foster

Dispute Management in Theory and Practice: Cross-CulturalObservations / Andrew Pirie

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