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Center for Asian Law


September 27th, 2019

  • Friday, September 27, 2019
    12:00 PM The Hong Kong Protests: A Roundtable Discussion
    Michael Davis, Senior Research Scholar, Weatherhead East Asia Institute, Columbia University
    Victoria Hui, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Norte Dame
    Jacques deLisle, Stephen A. Cozen Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania
    Perry World House, Social Policy Lab, 3803 Locust Walk

September 25th, 2019

  • Wednesday, September 25, 2019
    4:30 PM Why China Should Unsign the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

    Professor Margaret Lewis’s research focuses on law in China and Taiwan with an emphasis on criminal justice and human rights.

    Professor Lewis has been a Fulbright Senior Scholar at National Taiwan University, a visiting professor at Academia Sinica, a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Public Intellectuals Program Fellow with the National Committee on United States-China Relations, and a delegate to the US-Japan Foundation’s US-Japan Leadership Program. Her publications have appeared in a number of academic journals including the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, NYU Journal of International Law and Politics, Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, and Virginia Journal of International Law. She also co-authored the book Challenge to China: How Taiwan Abolished its Version of Re-Education Through Labor with Jerome A. Cohen.

    Room 111, Annenberg School

April 8th, 2019

  • Monday, April 8, 2019
    11:00 AM Roundtable Discussion on Judicial Reform in China
    Peking University Professor Fu Yulin will lead a roundtable discussion, in Chinese, on the implementation of announced judicial reforms to date, and what the future may hold for the Supreme Court’s reform program.
    Perelman Center, 4th floor CSSC conference room

April 1st, 2019

February 14th, 2019

  • Thursday, February 14, 2019
    12:00 PM China’s Response to the US-China Trade War and Its Spillover Effects
    Heng Wang, Associate Professor of Law, University of New South Wales

    China’s response to current US trade policy will have significant ramifications within China and may have spillover effects beyond China. This talk will assess how China is responding to the US trade approach, and what the wider implications may be, including for international governance.  In so doing, it will differentiate between China’s retaliatory, inclusive, and regulatory responses.
    CSCC Conference Room, Perelman 418, 133 S. 36th St.

October 12th, 2017

  • Thursday, October 12, 2017
    2:00 PM A Symposium Celebrating CASI’s 25 Years At Penn
    The Center For Advanced Study Of India (CASI) Celebrates 25 years at Penn. A Quarter Century of India’s Transformations
    Golkin 100, Michael A. Fitts Auditorium

April 20th, 2017

April 13th, 2017

  • Thursday, April 13, 2017
    4:30 PM Law in Polarised Societies: Hong Kong and China
    Panel discussion with: Michael Hor, Professor of Law, University of Hong Kong; Simon Young, Professor of Law, University of Hong Kong; Fu Hualing, Professor of Law, University of Hong Kong; Sun Haochen, Associate Professor of Law, University of Hong Kong
    Silverman 240A

April 6th, 2017

  • Thursday, April 6, 2017
    3:00 PM Soka Gakkai’s Rise as a Religious and Political Power in Japan

    Immediately after the Second World War, Japan saw a rapid swell in the numbers of “New Religions.” One New Religion in particular came to dominate Japan’s religious landscape: Soka Gakkai, or the “Value Creation Study Association.”

    Soka Gakkai grew far beyond conventional “religion” parameters and today it remains an influential presence in electoral politics, education, media, finance, and numerous other spheres. In this presentation, Professor McLaughlin provides an overview of Soka Gakkai’s growth in postwar Japan and brings its story up to the present by drawing on his ethnography as a non-member participant observer. He suggests that Soka Gakkai’s appeal to converts can be explained by ways it grew mimetic of the modern Japanese nation-state.

    Co-sponsored by the Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) and Center for Asian Law (CAL).

    Silverman 240B

March 21st, 2017

  • Tuesday, March 21, 2017
    3:00 PM The Slow Way Home: Civic Engagement and Walkability in Japanese Neighborhoods
    In this talk, Professor Schoppa unravels why Japanese have such high rates of local civic engagement by examining how parents and volunteers have mobilized to maintain high rates of walking to and from school during a period in which walk-to-school rates have plummeted in the United States.

    Professor Schoppa argues that the higher rate of Japanese local engagement in this area is motivated by housing markets that limit residential mobility to much lower levels than in the United States. High cost of residential “exit” in Japan drives citizens to exercise “voice” to maintain the safety and walkability of their neighborhoods.
    Silverman 280

March 15th, 2017

  • Wednesday, March 15, 2017
    4:30 PM How Far is China from the Rule of Law?
    He Haibo is Professor of Law at Tsinghua University School of Law.  He is currently a visiting scholar at Harvard Law School’s Program on East Asian Legal Studies.  Professor Jacques deLisle will serve as commentator for this discussion.
    Tanenbaum 145, Gittis Classroom

February 9th, 2017

  • Thursday, February 9, 2017
    3:00 PM Remaking the East Asian Monetary System: Institutionalizing a New Order?

    In the twenty years since the Asian Financial Crisis, the countries of East Asia (ASEAN+3) have built the largest regional emergency liquidity fund in the world (CNIM). A total of US$240 billion has been pledged to aid member states facing a currency crisis, which far exceeds the funds they could access from the International Monetary Fund. Nonetheless, CMIM has been functionally subordinate to decisions made by the IMF, something that may now be changing. This talk addresses the long-term potential of CMIM as a bulwark for financial stability in East Asia.

    Silverman 280

January 31st, 2017

  • Tuesday, January 31, 2017
    12:00 PM Looking Ahead: U.S. Trade Policy in Asia
    Please join us for this timely talk with Wendy Cutler, Vice President and Managing Director of the Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI) in Washington DC. Cutler will discuss policies the new Administration may pursue and what this means for our trading relationship with the Asia Pacific region.  As a former senior U.S. negotiator of the TPP agreement, she will share her thoughts on its fate, including how TPP countries and China are responding.
    Silverman 240B

November 7th, 2016

May 26th, 2016

  • Thursday, May 26, 2016
    12:00 PM Center for Asian Law presents: Lei Chen

    Lei Chen is Associate Professor and Associate Dean, City University of Hong Kong School of Law

    This event is co-sponsored by Center for Asian Law (CAL), Center for the Study of Contemporary China (CSCC), and the Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS).

    Center for the Study of Contemporary China (345 Fisher-Bennett Hall)

April 6th, 2016

  • Wednesday, April 6, 2016
    12:00 PM The Law and Politics of Asia-Pacific Regionalism
    The University of Pennsylvania Law School’s Center for Asian Law, as well as the Center for East Asian Studies and the Center for the Study of Contemporary China at the University of Pennsylvania invite you to join Professor Pasha Hsieh and the discussion on Law and Politics of Asia-Pacific Regionalism.
    Lunch will be served.
    Please RSVP below.
    Silverman 147

February 10th, 2016

  • Wednesday, February 10, 2016
    12:00 PM China’s Legal Reforms: After the Fourth Plenum

    Wang Zhenmin

    Professor and former Dean, Tsinghua University Law School

    More than a year ago, the Fourth Plenum of the Chinese Communist Party’s 18th Central Committee signaled unprecedented emphasis on “the rule of law” and issued key policy documents to support legal and judicial reform in China.  One of China’s leading scholars of constitutional and public law will assess the reforms, how they have been pursued in different institutions in the Chinese legal system, and offer reflections on the challenges that remain ahead.

    Lunch will be provided.

    345 Fisher-Bennett Hall

February 4th, 2016

November 19th, 2015

Kenneth Feinberg Keynote: Nov 2015



Legal Responses to Disaster: Nov 2015