Legal Education in Asia

From Imitation to Innovation


Legal education systems, like legal systems themselves, were framed across Asia without exception according to foreign models. These reflect the vestiges of colonialism, and can be said to amount to imitating the style and purposes of legal education typical in Western and relatively "pure" common law and civilian systems. Today, however, we see Asian legal education coming into its own and beginning to accept responsibility for designing curricula and approaches that fit the region’s particular needs. This book explores how conventional "transplanted" approaches as regards program design as well as modes of teaching are, or are on the cusp of being, reimagined and discerns emerging home-grown traces of innovation replacing imitation in countries and universities across East Asia.

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Andrew Harding, Ph.D., Monash University, is Professor at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore.

Jiaxiang Hu, Ph.D. (2003), Edinburgh University, is Professor of Public International Law at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Maartje de Visser, Ph.D. (2009), Tilburg University, is Associate Professor and Associate Dean (Postgraduate Teaching & Curriculum) at the School of Law, Singapore Management University.

Maartje de Visser, Hu Jiaxiang and Andrew Harding

1 The Fall and Rise of Legal Education in Asia: Inhibition, Imitation, Innovation
Simon Chesterman

2 Asian Culture Meets Western Law, the Collective Confronts the Individual: The Necessity and Challenges of a Cross-cultural Legal Education
Francis SL Wang and Laura WY Young

3 Going Global: Australia Looks to Internationalise Legal Education
Ann Black and Peter Black

4 The Rhetoric of Corruption & The Law School Curriculum: Why Aren’t Law Schools Teaching About Corruption?
Helena Whalen-Bridge

5 Teaching Comparative Law in Singapore: Global and Local Challenges
Andrew Harding and Maartje de Visser

6 International Moot Court as Equaliser: An Asian Paradigm
Chen Siyuan

7 “Closing the Gap” between Legal Education and Courtroom Practice in Japan: Yôken Jijitsu Teaching and the Role of the Judiciary
Souichirou Kozuka

8 Legal Education in South Korea: Does Continuance of the Old Judicial Examination Style Ruin the Dream of Ideal Legal Education?
Yong Chul Park

9 Experientialization of Legal Education in Hong Kong – Adoption and Adaptation
Wilson Chow, Michael Ng and Julienne Jen

10 Preparing for the Sinicization of the Western Legal Tradition: The Case of Peking University School of Transnational Law
Philip J. McConnaughay and Colleen B. Toomey

11 Globalisation and Innovative Study: Legal Education in China
Li Xueyao, Li Yiran and Hu Jiaxiang

12 Legal Education in 21st Century Vietnam: From Imitation to Renovation
Bui Ngoc Son

13 Legal Studies at Thammasat University: A Microcosm of the Development of Thai Legal Education
Munin Pongsapan

14 Second Fiddle: Why Indonesia’s Top Graduates Shy Away from being Judges and Prosecutors, and What We Can Do about It
Linda Yanti Sulistiawati and Ibrahim Hanif
Academics in Asia and beyond interested in legal educational developments across Asia, and law school administrators and public officials concerned with university legal education from a policy perspective.
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