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 2017-2018 Speaker Series

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

  • Debin Ma, Economic History, London School of Economics, October 31
  • Eva Pils, Human Rights, Law and Society, King’s College London, November 1
  • Loren Brandt, Economics, University of Toronto, November 17
  • Annelise Riles, Anthropology and Law, Cornell University, February 15, 2018

All of these events will be open to the public and all are welcome to attend. Please check back soon for more information.


Allard School of Law to Host 2017 World Chinese Legal Philosophy Conference

Recent Scholarship by CALS Faculty Members

Shigenori Matsui

  1. Internet ho [Internet Law] edited Tokyo: Yuhikaku 2015, pp369
  2. Starbucks de latte wo nominagara kenpou wo kangaeru [Reflections on the Constitution] edited. Tokyo: Yuhikaku 2016, pp312
  3. Internet no hattatsu to tokushoku [Development of the Internet and Its Characteristics], in Internet ho [Internet Law], Tokyo: Yuhikaku 2015, p1-24
  4. Yasurakani shinasete hoshii: Songenshi no kenri oyobi anrakushi no kenri [Just Let Me Die Peacefully: Right to Die with Dignity and Right to an Euthanasia], in Starbucks de latte wo nominagara kenpou wo kangaeru[Reflections on the Constitution],Tokyo: Yuhikaku 2015, p1-31
  5. The Role of the Central Government and Local Government in Times of Crisis: Japan’s Experience after the Great East Japan Earthquake Disaster, 125Cwbtral-Local Relations in Asian Constitutional Systems, edited by Andrew Harding and Mark Sidel, Oxford: Hart Publishing 2015, p125-149
  6. The Criminalization of Revenge Porn in Japan, in 24 Washington International Law Journal p289-317 (2015)
  7. Don’t You Want to Watch Television Programs Aired in Your Country While You Are Abroad?: Broadcasting, Reproduction, Public Transmission and Copyright, in 2015 University of Illinois Journal of Law, Technology & Policy p1-38 (2015)
  8. Never Had a Choice and Have no Power to Alter: Illegitimate Children and the Supreme Court of Japan, to be published on Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law
  9. Challenges to Multiculturalism: Hate Speech Ban in Japan, to be published on University of British Columbia Law Review
  10. Live Game Streaming and Copyright, to be published on Texas Intellectual Property Law Review

Pitman Potter

  1. Pitman B. Potter, “Legal Challenges in Canada-China Relations,” in Asif B. Farooq and Scott McKnight, ed., Moving Forward: Issues in Canada-China Relations (Toronto: University of Toronto Asian Institute, 2016), pp. 46-55.
  2. Pitman B. Potter, “Peng Zhen,” in Kerry Brown ed., Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography vol. 4.
  3. Pitman B. Potter, “Chapter 12: China’s Performance of International Treaties on Trade and Human Rights,” in Chang-fa Lo, Nigel Li and Tsai-yu Lin, ed., Legal Thoughts Between East and West in the Multilevel Legal Order (forthcoming from Springer 2017).
  4. Pitman B. Potter, “Coordinating Human Rights and Trade Policy in China: The Case of Environmental Protection.” in Biukovic and Potter, ed., Local Engagement with International Economic Law and Human Rights under contract with Edward Elgar for publication 2017.
  5. Pitman B. Potter, "Law and Art in China: Domination and Resistance” forthcoming in Les Cahiers de Droit  Thematic Issue of Law and Art (2016).

Wei Cui

  1. Taxation of State-Owned Enterprises: A Review of Empirical Evidence from China, Benjamin Liebman and Curtis Milhaupt (Eds.), Chinese State Capitalism and Institutional Change: Domestic and Global Implications (Oxford University Press, 2015)
  2. The Inefficiencies of Legislative Centralization: Evidence from Chinese Provincial Tax Rate Setting (with Zhiyuan Wang), China: An International Journal, 13(3), pp 49-73 (2015)
  3. “Does Judicial Independence Matter? A Study of the Determinants of Litigation Patterns in an Authoritarian Regime,” 38 University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law (forthcoming 2017)
  4. The Legal Maladies of ‘Federalism, Chinese-Style’, in Weitseng Chen (ed.) The Beijing Consensus? How China Has Changed the Western Ideas of Law and Economic Development and Global Legal Practices (Cambridge University Press, 2016)

Jie Cheng

  1. Statecraft and State Powers: An Institutional Analysis of Chinese Constitutional Law, China Law Press, 2015
  2. Hong Kong Basic Law Litigation, in Hong Kong and Macau Review, Vol. 2, 2016
  3. Enforcing Takings Clauses in China, in Tsinghua China Law Review, Vol7, No.2,2015.
  4. Hong Kong’s Political Development and the Central Government, in China Law Review, Vol. 3 2015.