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.
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.
Table of contents
Preface Maartje de Visser, Hu Jiaxiang and Andrew Harding
The Fall and Rise of Legal Education in Asia: Inhibition, Imitation, Innovation Simon Chesterman
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
Going Global: Australia Looks to Internationalise Legal Education Ann Black and Peter Black
The Rhetoric of Corruption & The Law School Curriculum: Why Aren’t Law Schools Teaching About Corruption? Helena Whalen-Bridge
Teaching Comparative Law in Singapore: Global and Local Challenges Andrew Harding and Maartje de Visser
International Moot Court as Equaliser: An Asian Paradigm Chen Siyuan
“Closing the Gap” between Legal Education and Courtroom Practice in Japan:
Teaching and the Role of the Judiciary Souichirou Kozuka
Legal Education in South Korea: Does Continuance of the Old Judicial Examination Style Ruin the Dream of Ideal Legal Education? Yong Chul Park
Experientialization of Legal Education in Hong Kong – Adoption and Adaptation Wilson Chow, Michael Ng and Julienne Jen
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
Globalisation and Innovative Study: Legal Education in China Li Xueyao, Li Yiran and Hu Jiaxiang
Legal Education in 21st Century Vietnam: From Imitation to Renovation Bui Ngoc Son
Legal Studies at Thammasat University: A Microcosm of the Development of Thai Legal Education Munin Pongsapan
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 Index
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.