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CFP: ASLH Pre-Conference Workshop on Law and Empire in Sino-Asian History

The American Society for Legal History (ASLH), the International Society for Chinese Law and History (ISCLH), and the Harvard Law School East Asian Legal Studies Program (EALS) jointly invite submissions for a pre-conference workshop in Cambridge, MA on November 21, 2019, directly preceding ASLH’s 2019 annual meeting in Boston. The theme of the workshop is “Law and Empire in Sino-Asian History”: it aims to explore the legal and institutional dimensions of empire in early modern and modern Asia, insofar as they are substantially related to China. Proposals should therefore seriously engage with some aspect of Chinese history, but need not so do exclusively—comparative or transnational papers are most welcome.

We hope, in particular, to present the work of a number of scholars who are new to the ASLH annual meeting–early career scholars and graduate students are therefore especially encouraged to apply. In this way, we hope to promote scholarship in this area of legal history and to encourage more Asianists and Sinologists to attend the ASLH meeting.

The event will be composed of three panels of three to four papers each. One panel, keeping with the traditions of ASLH pre-conference workshops, will exclusively feature early career scholars and graduate students, and we will match each paper on this panel with its own commentator. The other two panels are open to scholars of all ranks and seniority, and follow the usual ASLH panel format: three to four presenters, followed by one commentator, and then by open discussion with the audience.

Applications to the workshop should include a current curriculum vitae, a title, and a paper abstract of no more than 400 words. Applicants whose proposals are accepted will receive some support towards conference hotel and travel costs. Please note that submission to the workshop does NOT preclude a separate submission to the main ASLH meeting (see

Applications close on April 5, 2019, at 5 pm EST. Please send queries and applications to Michael Ng ( and Shuang Chen (, with the subject line “ASLH 2019 Pre-Conference Workshop.” Decisions will be sent out by mid-June.

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Call for Papers/Participation

Call for Papers/Participation

International Conference on Chinese Law and History

July 10-11, 2015

Fudan University, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China

The International Society for Chinese Law & History is pleased to announce an international conference on Chinese law and history in Shanghai, China, on July 10-11, 2015. The conference is sponsored and hosted by the School of Law at Fudan University and organized through the International Society for Chinese Law & History. The two organizations are collaborating to bring together a large group of international scholars working on the intersections of Chinese law and Chinese history from multiple disciplines. We now invite proposals for individual papers, panels, and round-table sessions on this area. We especially welcome innovative approaches, interdisciplinary projects, and well-developed papers featuring the most recent developments or new directions of the field.

Proposals should be submitted by April 20, 2015, and will be notified of our decisions on the proposals by April 30, 2015. Paper drafts will be expected for pre-circulation by June 20, 2015. Presentations and papers may be in English or Chinese, but each paper should be accompanied with an English abstract. Please send your proposals, papers, or questions to While only the fifty earliest registrants will be provided with free local accommodation for three nights, all participants must complete registration online by May 10, 2015 at


  1. Proposals can deal with issues related to any of the following topics but are not limited to:

-Law, empire, and ethnicity

-Chinese law in regional and global contexts

-Gender, sexuality, and law

-Law and literature

-Law and environmental history

-Law and food culture

-Law, politics, and governmentality

-Law and religious practice

-New sources or methods in historical research on law in China


  1. A complete proposal will include the following in English:

(1) for individual papers: title, abstract (200 words maximum), presenter’s name, email, affiliation, mailing address;

(2) for panels, besides information for each paper listed in (1), please also include information about a chair and/or discussant, plus a 200-word panel proposal that explains the connections among the individual papers;

(3) for round-table sessions, please choose a topic/theme, a 200-word proposal explaining why this topic/theme deserves group discussion at the conference, and the names, contact, and affiliation of four to six round-table participants who have agreed to take part. Once approved, the organizer(s) are responsible for developing a structured discussion at the conference.

(4) for all applicants, especially those who plan to attend but not to present a paper: please indicate whether you will be willing (also) to serve as a chair or discussant.

We look forward to seeing you in Shanghai soon.

The International Conference on Chinese Law and History Planning Committee

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Upcoming International Conference in Shanghai, July 10-11, 2015


The International Conference on Chinese Law and History (中國法律與歷史國際研討會) will be held at Fudan University, Shanghai, P.R.China, on July 10-11, 2015. If you plan to attend the conference, please pay your registration fee here before May 10, 2015. Those who have not registered by then may be able to participate in the conference or be accommodated only if our space and budget permit it. Please click here for a copy of the Call for Papers/Participation.

Local accommodation: (1) The first fifty or so ISCLH members who have registered before the deadline will be provided with free hotel accommodation for three nights in Shanghai, and non-members may enjoy the benefit if there is still space. (2) We will make the hotel reservation for all the timely registrants for July 9-11, 2015.  (3) If you plan to stay beyond those three days at the same hotel at your own cost, please contact us at and we can probably help extend the reservation at a conference rate.

Note on the ways of participation:  We will have a variety of panels, sessions, and activities scheduled, including typical conference presentations. We expect that all the registrants, if they are willing to, will be involved in one of the panels one way or another. We will also send a call for paper/proposal out soon. But if your institution will reimburse your travel cost only if you have a formal paper presentation, please email us after your registration. We will try our best to accommodate it, and we should be able to include about three dozen presenters in addition to two dozen or so commentators, chairs, invited speakers, and workshop mentors, etc..

Registration fees for “current members” and “new members”:  If you are not a member of the International Society for Chinese Law and History (ISCLH) yet but would like to participate, please fill out the Membership Application Form (available at Membership) and then click one of the applicable rates for “New Membership + Registration” (depending on your annual income level) to complete your registration for the conference. But if you have already paid membership fee ($30 per year) for the year of 2015, please see information about “current members” below.  //

         For the “current members” (i.e., members who have paid the membership for 2015), please choose the applicable rate of registration fee according to your annual income level. 已經付清了2015年度會費的現有會員,只須支付會議報名費(Registration)一項,請在下面支付欄內根據自己的年收入選擇合適的款項支付報名費。

Please note that the rates are different for new members and current members, and your income level also influences your registration fee. So please click the drop-down menu below to choose the rate applicable to you.

Payment Instructions: To all current members, to pay your registration fee is to follow the same process as you paid your membership fee before: After you have selected your appropriate registration category in the drop-down menu below, please click the “Pay Now” button. You will then see a page with different methods of payment. If do not have a Paypal account, please click “Pay with a debit or credit card, or PayPal Credit” on the right hand side of the page. You can then proceed to fill out the information of your credit card and make the payment. You will receive an automatic receipt of your payment if you have provided an email address when making the payment.

Transaction cost: You will see that we add a 3% (not really “tax” but the system has no other category to label it) to the registration fees as the transaction charges. While this payment system makes things easier for all our members, Paypal charges the equivalent amount for each payment we receive. It is a small amount for each individual member, but the total sum makes a substantial difference for the revenue of ISCLH as a whole. We thank you for your understanding and support.

If you need a more detailed receipt from ISCLH or have difficulty making the payment, please contact Society Secretary at or Society Treasurer at We look forward to seeing you soon in Shanghai!

Registration fee based on income
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