Peter A Allard School of Law

Conferences and Talks


October 11, 2023 - Speaker: Shigenori Matsui, Director of Japanese Legal Studies, University of British Columbia, Allard School of Law

Title: “Constitutional Right to Sexual Autonomy”

September 14, 2023 - Speakers: Kent Roach, Professor of Law, University of Toronto and Masaaki Takahash, Associate Professor of Law, Meijigakuin University

Title: "Is Less More? Remedies for Complex Rights Violations"


March 14, 2023 - Speakers: Takashi Shirouzu, Associate Professor of Law, Chiba University Law School and Margot Young, Professor of Law, Allard School of Law

Title: "Same-Sex Marriage in Japan―Moving Forward or Backward?"


February 14, 2023 - Speaker: Colin P. A. Jones, Professor of Law, Doshisha University, School of Law

Title: "Autonomous Robot: How Should We Regulate It?"


April 21, 2021 - Speaker: Rachel Stern, Professor of Law and Political Science, University of California (Berkeley)

Title: "Fairness Beyond Law: How Contemporary Chinese Courts Smooth Financial Loss and Repair Emotional Rupture (with Benjamin Liebman, Columbia Law" (PDF)

March 31, 2021 - Speaker: Maura Dykstra, Assistant Professor, Caltech, Division of Humanities and Social Sciences

Title: "Crisis in the Empire of Routine: Uncertainty and Information in the Qing" (PDF)

March 25, 2021 - Speaker: Murat Iyigun, Professor of Economics,  University of Colorado Boulder

Title: "A Theory of Cultural Revivals" (PDF)


March 19, 2021 - Speaker: Takashi Shirouzu, Associate Professor of Law, Chiba University Law School

Title: "Same-Sex Marriage: Comparison of Canada, US and Japan" (PDF)

March 10, 2021 - Speaker:  Felipe Valencia Caicedo, Assistant Professor, UBC Vancouver School of Economics

Title: “Collateral Damage: The Legacy of the Secret War in Laos” (PDF)


February 10, 2021 - Speaker:  Yan Xie, Assistant Professor, University of California Riverside

Title: “A Theory of Power Structure and Institutional Compatibility: China vs. Europe Revisited (PDF)”

February 3 - Speakers: Yue Hou, Janice and Julian Bers, Assistant Professors, University of Pennsylvania

Title: “Ethnic Discrimination and Authoritarian Rule: An Analysis of Criminal Sentencing in China (PDF)”

January 27, 2021 – Speaker: Ling Chen, Assistant professor, Johns Hopkins University; 

Title: “Gaming the System: The Political Calendar and Selectivity of China's Tax Break Policy (PDF)” 


June 10, 2020 - Albert Hung-yee Chen, Wilson Leung, Jie Cheng, Pitman Potter, Virtual round-table discussion, National Security (Law) in Hong Kong: An Assessment

March 11, 2029 - Pitman Potter, Exporting Virtue: China’s International Human Rights Activism In The Age Of Xi Jinping

March 6, 2020 - Rixue Jia, UCSD Economics, Entrepreneurial Reluctance: Academic Talent and Firm Creation in China

March 5, 2929 - Jie Cheng, Shige Matsui, Ljiljana Biukovic, Round-table discussion on Covid-19 and Infectious Disease Prevention Law

March 2, 2020 - Sarah Biddulph, Assistant Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Melbourne, The Intended and Unintended
Consequences of Transparency Reforms on Government Administration

January 28, 2020 - Younju Jung, Masan Branch Court, Korea, CALS visiting scholar, Impeaching the President in South Korea

January 13, 2020 - Guo Li, Vice Dean, PKU Law, Shadow Banks in China: Risk Mitigation and Regulatory Response

November 12, 2019 - Michael Blanchflower, Barrister, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Protests: From Peaceful Society to Petrol Bombs

November 5, 2019 - Masako Kamiya, Gakushuin University, Sexual Harassment and Japanese Law in International Context

September 20, 2019 - Randy Shek, Barrister, Hong Kong, “The Force is No Longer with You”: The Police and Hong Kong Protests

September 16, 2019 - Qian Liu, University of Victoria Law School Ph.D. candidate, Revisiting Feminist Ideals of Autonomy in Marriage Through an Asian Lens

September 13, 2019 - James Kung, HKU Economics, Elites, Ideology and Revolution: Evidence from 1911 China


Chikako Kannki & Judge Koji Kanki Rikkyo University Labour Law Reform: "Work Style Reform 2018 in Japan"

Ling Li, University of Vienna Politics of Anticorruption in China

David Yang Harvard University The Impact of Media Censorship: 1984 or Brave New World?

Chen Li, Fudan University Recognition and Enforcement of Arbitral Awards under the 1958 New York Convention in China

Chen Xinyu Tsinghua Law School  Shen Jiaben and the Rule of Law in Modern China.

Shigenori Matsui,Allard School of Law, What is happening to NISSAN and Carlos Ghosn?

Nancy Qian, Northwestern University The Dynamic Effects of Computerized VAT Invoices on Chinese Manufacturing Firms

Mark Koyama, George Mason University Persecution and Toleration: The Long Road to Religious Freedom

Greg Distelhorst, University of Toronto The Political Beliefs of Chinese Officials

Quoc-Anh Do, Sciences Po, France One Mandarin Benefits the Whole Clan


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.

Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma


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. 

Group photo


The Changing Politics of Central Banking
The Potential for an Indigenous Policy under the constitution of Japan
Civil Code Draft and Property Law Reform in China
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Annelise Riles

Professor, Cornell University

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Teruki Tsunemoto

Professor, Hokkaido University

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Weixing Shen

Professor & Dean, Tsinghua University Law School

Practising Criminal Law in Hong Kong
Criminal Justice in Japan: Is a 99.8% Conviction Rate too High?
Barriers to Entry and Regional Economic Growth in China
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Michael Blanchflower

S.C., Parkside Chambers

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Kentaro Takai

Japanese Public Prosecutor

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Loren Brandt

Professor, University of Toronto

Rule of Law Reform and the Rise of Rule by Fear in China
War and States: China’s Long March Towards Unity (750 BC – 1911 AD)
Recent Debates Relating to Hate Speech in Japan
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Eva Pils

Professor, The Dickson Poon School of Law, Kings College

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Debin Ma

Professor, London School of Economics

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Shinji Higaki

Professor, Fukuoka University



Mass Digitization of Chinese Court Decisions: How to use Text as Data in the Field of Chinese Law
Ordinary Tort Litigation in China: Law Versus Practical Justice
A Tale of Two Regimes? Taxation, Political Bargaining, and the Fiscal Contract in China and Taiwan
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Ben Liebman

Professor, Columbia Law School

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Ben Liebman

Professor, Columbia Law School

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Xiaobo Lü

Assistant Professor, University of Texas

Rebalancing Competing Values relating to the right to be forgotten and users’ rights
After the Fall(s) – Rewriting China’s Securities Law and Regulation of the PRC Capital Markets
Corruption and Anti-Corruption in China: An Economic Perspective


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Itsuko Yamaguchi

Professor, University of Tokyo


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Nicholas Howson

Professor, University of Michigan


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Huihua Nie

Professor, Renmin University of China

Judging Corporate Law Disputes in China and Australia: Which Works better, Common Law, Continental Law or a Hybrid System?
China’s Anti-Corruption Reforms and Shareholder Valuations
Private Equity and Venture Capital Investment in China: Issue for Practitioners


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Colin Hawes

Associate Professor, University of Technology Sydney


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Randall Morck

Professor, University of Alberta


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Tianpeng Wang

Venture Partner, Mistral Venture Partners

Corporate Lawyering in Asia
The Impact of China’s Competition Law on International Competition Law and Development Policy
Why is Globalization getting Trapped?
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Robert Chu

Partner, Sullivan and Cromwell

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Wendy Ng

Professor, Melbourne Law School

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Guogang Wu

Professor, University of Victoria

Is TPP Dead? The Future of International Trade Law


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Ichiro Araki

Professor, Yokohama National University



Rethinking Copyright for the Digital Age
Anti Anti-Orientalism, or is Chinese Law different?
Sexual Crimes in Canada: A comparison with Japan


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Yoshiyuki Tamura

Professor, Graduate School of Law, Hokkaido University


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Donald C. Clarke

Professor, The George Washington University Law School


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Toshinori Wada

Professor, Keio University Law School


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