Asian Law Works-In-Progress Session

AALS Section on East Asian Law and Society

ASIL Asia-Pacific Interest Group

ASCL Asia Committee

The Section on East Asian Law and Society of the American Association of Law Schools, the Asia-Pacific Interest Group of the American Society of International Law, and the Asia Committee of the American Society of Comparative Law will convene a virtual works-in-progress session on Monday, July 19, 2021.  Scholars are invited to submit draft papers on any topic concerning the law of East Asia, including the domestic or international law of China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, or Vietnam.  One need not be affiliated with any of the sponsoring organizations to submit a paper.

We welcome papers from all fields: Constitutional Law, Human Rights, IP, International Trade, Legal History, Property, Private International Law, etc. We are particularly interested in

  • submissions from emerging scholars (e.g., post-J.D. or post-doctoral fellows, tenure-track faculty), women, people of color, sexual minorities and other under-represented groups,
  • comparative papers on jurisdictions within the region (e.g., between Japan and Korea or between Taiwan and China), or other inter- or intra-Asian legal questions (e.g., between an East Asian state and a South or Southeast Asian state), and 
  • papers with a transnational component (e.g., examining domestic and international law).

Interested scholars should submit one, and only one, draft paper.  The paper should be no more than 15,000 words (including footnotes).  However, if the paper cites extensively to foreign sources — which may require translation, transliteration, and foreign-language sources in the footnotes — the draft should be no longer than 20,000 words.  Drafts should be submitted by email to Timothy Webster (, by June 14, 2021 with the subject line “ALWIPS Submission: [title of paper].”  The email should also include (a) the author’s name and affiliation, (b) an abstract of approximately 200 words, and (c) 5-6 keywords (including the relevant state(s) and area(s) of law).  The committee will inform participants by July 5, 2021.

During the session, selected authors will have 2-5 minutes to introduce their draft.  We will then ask all participants to provide feedback.  In other words, if you are selected, you will be expected to read, reflect, and comment on other participants’ pieces.  We will ensure that at least one senior scholar in the field provides detailed commentary on each paper.

Organizing Committee

Irene Calboli, Texas A&M University 

Jacques deLisle, University of Pennsylvania

Matthew Erie, University of Oxford

Trang (Mae) Nguyen, Temple University

Mary Szto, Syracuse University 

Timothy Webster, Western New England University