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 Peter A. 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 inaugurated 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 Programme was established in the Fall 2003 on the initiative of the late Professor Stephan Salzberg, with a generous grant from the Korea Foundation. The Peter A. Allard School of Law is the only place in Canada that maintains the 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. Also in that year, the Korea Foundation announced a substantial grant to the Centre to lay the foundation for a permanent chair in Korean Legal Studies. We have also concluded cooperation agreement with the Supreme Court of Korea.

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.

Southeast Asian Legal Studies

The Southeast Asian Legal Studies program commenced in the Fall of 1993 and was made possible by a generous grant from the Max Bell Foundation. The program provides an opportunity for legal scholars from the region to come to UBC to participate in teaching, research and publication. The program covers: legal systems and government, law making, court systems and dispute settlement, foreign investment and trading laws, and natural resources and environmental laws. The research and publication program evolved through consultations with law schools in the region, federal and provincial governments, the Canadian private sector and non-governmental organizations.

Southeast Asia is an extremely disparate region, comprising Burma, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Timor Leste, Thailand, and Vietnam. CALS personnel have worked in all of these countries except Burma and Timor Leste, and this has enabled the Centre to develop good working relationships, including exchange agreements, with a number of partner institutions, including the National University of Singapore, Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, the University of the Philippines, the National University of Vietnam, and the National University of Lao at P.D.R. We have not yet developed courses on the law of any of these countries, but hope to do so before long. In the meantime, our general introductory course Introduction to Asian Legal Systems always includes a component on either Vietnam or Indonesia.