Country Progams


Chinese Legal Studies

Chinese Director: Professor Pitman Potter

The Chinese Legal Studies program at Allard School of Law offers general and specialized training in the field of Chinese law and promotes scholarly exchanges with outside institutions, in particular Peking University Law School and Taiwan National University Law Faculty, with which the Allard School of Law has agreements for the exchange of faculty and students. The Chinese Legal Studies program also has close ties with the Law Institutes of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, as well as with Hong Kong University of Law Faculty.

Research projects include the Asia Pacific Dispute Resolution project funded by the Major Collaborative Research Initiatives (MCRI) program at the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), which currently focuses on coordination of trade and human rights performance. Other funded projects include health policy in Asia, Canada-China relations, and China's governance on its periphery.

Japanese Legal Studies

Japanese Director: Professor Shigenori Matsui

The Japanese Legal Studies program was initiated in 1980 with a grant from the Law Foundation of British Columbia and the Max Bell Foundation. Formal co-operation and exchange relationships have been established between the Law Faculties of Japanese national Universities in Osaka, Hokkaido and Niigata and with other private Universities. Due to these exchange agreement, UBC students who are interested in spending a year as an exchange students in Japan may apply.

The Japanese Legal Studies program accepts Judge, Lawyers and Academic Researchers from Japan as Visiting Scholars. It also sponsors guest lecturers, which make significant contributions to the academic and professional activities of the Faculty.

The current and main interest of research, in the Japanese Legal Studies program, is on Comparative Analysis of the Constitution of Japan, the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of Canada, as well as protection of freedom of expression, especially on the Internet.

Korean Legal Studies

Acting Korean Director:  Professor Shigenori Matsui

The Korean Legal Studies program was established by the late Professor Stephan Salzberg.  A donation from the Korea Foundation in 2001 assisted the Faculty in establishing a faculty position focused on Korean Legal Studies in 2003.  The Allard School of Law is the only place in Canada that maintains a Korean Legal Studies program. As social and legal intercourse between Canada and Korea is increasing rapidly, the demand for Korean legal studies is also growing. The program promotes international legal exchange and Korean Legal Studies in Canada and in Northern America.

In 2006, the Faculty signed a cooperation agreement with the Faculty of Law at Korea University, which will promote academic exchanges and joint projects.  The Faculty also has a cooperation agreement with the Supreme Court of Korea.  Also in that year, the Korea Foundation announced a substantial donation to the Faculty to establish a Professorship in Korean Legal Studies.

A number of judges, prosecutors, law professors, and practicing attorneys from Korea are accepted as visiting scholars each year for the duration of six month to a year. They enrich the academic environment of the Faculty by undertaking cross-cultural scholarship in a wide range of legal topics.