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Freedom of Information Reform in China: Information Flow Analysis

Freedom of Information Reform in China: Information Flow Analysis

1st Edition

Weibing Xiao
January 22, 2018

Freedom of Information (FOI) in China is often perceived as a recent and intriguing phenomenon. This book presents a more complex and detailed understanding of the evolution of FOI in China, using information flow analysis to explore the gradual development of government receptivity to FOI in an...

Religion, Law and Intolerance in Indonesia

Religion, Law and Intolerance in Indonesia

1st Edition

Tim Lindsey, Helen Pausacker
January 12, 2018

Despite its overwhelmingly Muslim majority, Indonesia has always been seen as exceptional for its diversity and pluralism. In recent years, however, there has been a rise in "majoritarianism", with resurgent Islamist groups pushing hard to impose conservative values on public life – in many cases...

Constitutional Interpretation in Singapore: Theory and Practice

Constitutional Interpretation in Singapore: Theory and Practice

1st Edition

Jaclyn L Neo
January 12, 2018

At the heart of constitutional interpretation is the struggle between, on the one hand, fidelity to founding meanings, and, on the other hand, creative interpretation to suit the context and needs of an evolving society. This book considers the recent growth of constitutional cases in...

Politics and Constitutions in Southeast Asia

Politics and Constitutions in Southeast Asia

1st Edition

Marco Bünte, Björn Dressel
December 21, 2017

In recent years the constitutional landscape of Southeast Asia has changed tremendously. Against a worldwide background of liberalization, globalization, and democratization, states in the region have begun to alter their constitutions, reinforcing human rights provisions, and putting in place...

Law and Society in Malaysia: Pluralism, Religion and Ethnicity

Law and Society in Malaysia: Pluralism, Religion and Ethnicity

1st Edition

Andrew Harding, Dian A. H. Shah
December 11, 2017

This book provides a systematic and interdisciplinary examination of law and legal institutions in Malaysia. It examines legal issues from historical, social, and political perspectives, and discusses the role of law in relation to Malaysian multiculturalism, religion, politics, and society. It...

Juries in the Japanese Legal System: The Continuing Struggle for Citizen Participation and Democracy

Juries in the Japanese Legal System: The Continuing Struggle for Citizen Participation and Democracy

1st Edition

Dimitri Vanoverbeke
October 12, 2017

Trial by jury is not a fundamental part of the Japanese legal system, but there has been a recent important move towards this with the introduction in 2009 of the lay assessor system whereby lay people sit with judges in criminal trials. This book considers the debates in Japan which surround this...

Confucian Constitutionalism in East Asia

Confucian Constitutionalism in East Asia

1st Edition

Bui Ngoc Son
May 24, 2017

Western liberal constitutionalism has expanded recently, with, in East Asia, the constitutional systems of Japan, South Korea and Taiwan based on Western principles, and with even the socialist polities of China and Vietnam having some regard to such principles. Despite the alleged universal...

Legal Reforms in China and Vietnam: A Comparison of Asian Communist Regimes

Legal Reforms in China and Vietnam: A Comparison of Asian Communist Regimes

1st Edition

John Gillespie, Albert H.Y. Chen
January 21, 2016

Although the adoption of market reforms has been a key factor leading to China’s recent economic growth, China continues to be governed by a communist party and has a socialist-influenced legal system. Vietnam, starting later, also with a socialist-influenced legal system, has followed a similar...

The Judicialization of Politics in Asia

The Judicialization of Politics in Asia

1st Edition

Björn Dressel
August 15, 2014

Over the last two decades courts have become major players in the political landscape in Asia. This book assesses what is driving this apparent trend toward judicialization in the region. It looks at the variations within the judicialization trend, and how these variations affect political practice...

Law and Development in Asia

Law and Development in Asia

1st Edition

Gerald Paul McAlinn, Caslav Pejovic
October 07, 2013

This book fills a gap in the literature by presenting a comprehensive overview of the key issues relating to law and development in Asia. Over recent decades, experts in law and development have produced multiple theories on law and development, none of which were derived from close study of Asian...

Public Interest Litigation in Asia

Public Interest Litigation in Asia

1st Edition

Po Jen Yap, Holning Lau
September 06, 2012

This edited volume is a timely and insightful contribution to the growing discourses on public law in Asia. Surveying many important jurisdictions in Asia including mainland China, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan, the book addresses recent developments and experiences...

New Courts in Asia

New Courts in Asia

1st Edition

Andrew Harding, Penelope Nicholson
May 17, 2011

This book discusses court-oriented legal reforms across Asia with a focus on the creation of ‘new courts’ over the last 20 years. Contributors discuss how to judge new courts and examine whether the many new courts introduced over this period in Asia have succeeded or failed. The ‘new courts’ under...

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