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 2018-2019 Speaker Series

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

September 10, 2018    Ling Li, Lecturer, University of Vienna

September 21, 2018    Chikako Kannki, Associate Professor, Rikkyo University & Judge Koji Kanki

October 04, 2018    David Yang, Prize Fellow in Economics, History, and Politics, Joint Center for History and Economics, Harvard University

January 16, 2018 Chen Xinyu, Associate Professor, Tsinghua Law School  Shen Jiaben and the Rule of Law in Modern China.

January 28, 2018 Liu Yan (PKU law), Hostile takeovers and leveraged buyouts in Chinese Financial Markets

April 11, 2019    Mark Koyama, Associate Professor, George Mason University

April 15, 2018 Greg Distelhorst (Toronto Rotman)


All of these events will be open to the public and all are welcome to attend. 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

Dr. Weitseng Chen’s recent projects focus on “authoritarian legality in Asia”. As quoted, he describes his focus as “Authoritarian legality is a product of modern political economy as many authoritarian states borrow institutional design from democratic countries for the sake of modernization and to give an appearance of modernity to the outside world. This project aims to produce the first book about authoritarian legality and economic development in Asia. It plans to unveil the interaction of legality, democracy, and development in the authoritarian context by comparing three Asian jurisdictions—Taiwan, South Korea, and China. I aim to contest several conventional ideas about legality and democracy in the context of developmental states.
We had the pleasure of having Dr. Chen as a CALS visiting scholar this past summer and had the opportunity to sit down with him for an interview his recent projects. In this video clip, Professor Cui and Dr. Chen discuss authoritarian legality in Taiwan:  








Visit of the Honourable Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma

On Wednesday, May 31st, the Peter A. Allard School of law was pleased to welcome the Honourable Geoffrey Ma, Chief Justice of the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal to Allard Hall. Justice Ma visited Vancouver to participate in the Asia Pacific Judicial Colloquium, hosted by the Vancouver Bar Association at the Law Courts Inn. The Colloquium brought together a distinguished group of jurists including Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin of the Supreme Court of Canada as well as the Chief Justices of the High Court of Australia, the Supreme Court of New Zealand, and the Supreme Court of Singapore. Prior to attending the Colloquium, Justice Ma held an engaging talk and Q&A session at Allard Hall with students, faculty, legal professionals, and other members of the Allard community.


2017 World Chinese Legal Philosophy Conference

On October 29 and 30, 2017, jointly with the Institute of Law, Politics and Philosophy of Tsinghua University Law School, the Center for Asian Legal Studies (CALS) hosted the 6th World Chinese Legal Philosophy Conference at Allard Hall. Scholars from 22 universities in 8 countries and regions attended the conference and presented papers on comparative legal philosophy, law and world history, comparative legal culture, legal pluralism in China, the Chinese judiciary, and the future of the Chinese governance system. While the working language of the conference was Chinese, the majority of the participating scholars also published in English. The conference exemplified CALS’ engagement with leading legal research institutions in China and the very large legal research community there.