Centre for Asian Legal Studies

The Centre for Asian Legal Studies hosts cutting-edge research on the laws and legal institutions in Asia, both advancing scholarly analyses of some of the world’s most important legal systems and promoting public understanding as Canada’s economic and cultural ties with Asia-Pacific countries deepen. The Centre sponsors exchange on advanced research through conferences, a speaker series, and a visiting scholar program, and offers numerous courses in Asian law. Read more...

CALS 2019-2020 Speaker Series

CALS is pleased to announce an exciting lineup of academic speakers for the year ahead:

September 13, 2019 James Kung, Professor, University of Hong Kong Elites, Ideology and Revolution: Evidence from 1911 China

September 16, 2019 Qian Liu, Ph.D Candidate, University of Victoria Revisiting Feminist Ideals of Autonomy in Marriage Through an Asian Lens

September 20, 2019 Randy Shek, Barrister, Hong Kong "The Force is No Longer with You": The Police and Hong Kong Protests

November 5, 2019 Masako Kamiya, Professor, Gakushuin University Sexual Harassment and Japanese Law in International Context

November 12, 2019 Michael Blanchflower, Barrister, Parkside Chambers Hong Kong Protests: From Peaceful Society to Petrol Bombs

January 13, 2020 Guo Li, Deputy Dean, Peking University Shadow Banks in China: Risk Mitigation and Regulatory Response

January 28, 2020 YounJu Jung, Judge, Masan Branch Court Korea The Presidential Impeachment System and Its Cases in South Korea 

* Please note change of date March 2, 2020 Sarah BiddulphAssistant Deputy Vice Chancellor International – China, University of Melbourne The Intended and Unintended Consequences of Transparency Reforms on Government Administration in China

March 6, 2020 Ruixue Jia, Associate Professor, University of California San Diego  Entrepreneurial Reluctance: Academic Talent and Firm Creation in China

March 11, 2020 Pitman Potter, Professor, University of British Columbia 

March 13, 2020 Dongsheng Zang, Associate Professor, University of Washington CANCELLED

April 3, 2020 Murat Iyigun, Professor, University of Colorado CANCELLED

April 6, 2020 Yue Hou, Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania  CANCELLED

April 7, 2020 Jiwei Qian, Senior Research Fellow, East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore CANCELLED

If you wish to receive notifications regarding upcoming speaker events, please send a request to cals@allard.ubc.ca to be added to the mailing list.

News Highlights

A roundtable sponsored by the UBC Hong Kong Studies Initiative, the Department of Asian Studies, the Centre for Asian Legal Studies, and the Centre for Chinese Research, is scheduled to be held on Wednesday, June 10, 2020.  The discussion is on National Security (Law) in Hong Kong: An Assessment. We look forward to you joining us.

Today the Centre for Asian Legal Studies hosted a round-table discussion on Covid-19 and Infefctious Disease Prevention LawThis is one of the many events the Centre will be hosting in March. We look forward to you joining us!


The Centre for Asian Legal Studies Blog is now live!

On this blog you will find a variety of voices, from Allard School of Law faculty to members of the CALS community—students, alumni, visiting scholars, practitioners, and other Asia observers.

The blog highlights CALS research, talks and other scholarly activities, as well as offering commentaries arising from our community’s engagement, in all modes, with Asian legal systems.



Keio University delegates met with Professors Harris and Goold on August 14th as part of the International Collegiate Baseball Classic.