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ISCLH Workshop, “Law and Empire in the Sino-Asian Context”

ISCLH is pleased to announce the schedule for the workshop, “Law and Empire in the Sino-Asian Context” to be held on November 21, 2019 at Harvard Law School. Co-hosted with the American Society for Legal History (ASLH) and the Harvard Law School Program in East Asian Legal Studies, the workshop will take place right before the ASLH annual conference and is open to the public. Please see below for details on speakers and panels.

For more information on the 2019 ASLH annual conference, please click here.

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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 https://aslh.net/conference/2019-annual-meeting/).

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

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Message from Taisu Zhang, President of ISCLH

Dear members of ISCLH,

On behalf of the new officers and directors, please allow me to thank you for your ongoing support of the society. As the new board, which was announced to you last week, begins to operate, I would like to bring three things to your attention:

  1. For those of you who are planning to attend the AAS annual conference in Washington, DC, we would like to invite you to a society-wide gathering at 8:30 pm on Friday, March 23, in Washington Room 3 at the Marriott Wardman. Board of Director members, executive officers, and committee members: please consider arriving at 7:30 pm for a business meeting, where we can discuss the planning of our upcoming workshops/conferences and other items on the Society’s agenda.
  2. The American Society for Legal History (ASLH) will have its annual meeting this year in Houston, in early November. They have invited ISCLH members to submit panel proposals. If you are interested but need help assembling a panel, please let us know.
  3. The Society is currently in the process of organizing two workshops/conferences: one at Yale in December 2018 or January 2019, and one in Taipei in the summer of 2019. Should you have suggestions or thoughts, we would welcome your input.

Thank you again, and best wishes for a prosperous Year of the Dog!

Yours,

Taisu Zhang
President

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Upcoming International Conference in Lyon, May 12-13, 2015

The conference “The Places of the Law in the Late Chinese Empire” (Les lieux de la loi dans l’empire Chinois) will be held at the Lyons Instiute of East Asian Studies (Institut d’Asie Orientale) from May 12-13, 2015. The conference marks the conclusion of the four-year “Legalizing Space in China” research program and will explore the relationship between law and governance within the Chinese realm. For more information on this exciting event, please visit the following link:
http://lsc.chineselegalculture.org/Workspace/Announcements

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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 conference@chineselawandhistory.com. 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 http://chineselawandhistory.com/blog/2015/03/08/conference-in-shanghai-july-10-11-2015/.

 

  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 AAS Panels sponsored by ISCLH March 26-27, 2015

ISCLH is proud to announce two wonderful panels it has successfully sponsored at the upcoming annual conference of the Association for Asian Studies in Chicago on March 26 and 27, 2015:

THURSDAY, 26 MARCH 2015 | 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Chicago Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Level 4, Sheraton Ballroom V

Comparative Perspectives on Confucian Justice and Imperial Rule in Chosŏn Korea and Qing ChinaSponsored by International Society for Chinese Law & History

Organizer | Li Chen | University of Toronto

Panel Abstract:

This panel provides a valuable opportunity to compare the legal cultures and judicial practice in Chosŏn Korea and Qing China in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Both societies then were heavily influenced by Confucian ideas of justice, benevolence, imperial legitimacy and social hierarchy. And these ideas in turn informed public expectations of how the authorities should administer law and treated the people. Jisoo Kim’s paper will analyze how victims of abusive judicial torture in Chosŏn Korea and their female relatives strategically invoked some of the Confucian ideals to press charges against the local judicial officers. This presented a thorny issue for the central government trying to support its local agents while claiming compassionate rulership. In comparison, Thomas Buoye explores the tensions between the Qing rulers’ desire for imperial control, which led to a rising number of capital statutes and offenders, and their desire to claim benevolent rule, which contributed to numerous unresolved capital cases awaiting mandatory imperial review in the Autumn Assizes. Although the Qing emperors often blamed local judges for causing such judicial backlog and treating capital offenders too leniently, Li Chen shows that a major cause for such imperial frustration lay in the feared loss of control over interpretation and administration of law as most local judges depended on private legal specialists to handle their judicial matters. These papers will illustrate how different social, cultural and political contexts enabled or limited individual and institutional actors in seeking justice, order, social recognition, or power.

Commentator: Bradly Reed, Univ. of Virginia

Presenters:

Jisoo M. Kim, George Washington Univ., “In Search of Justice: Making Accusations against Unjust Magistrate in Eighteenth-Century Korea”

Thomas Buoye, Univ. of Tulsa, “Imperial Pique and the ‘Benevolence of Women,’: The Politics of Criminal Justice in Eighteenth-Century China”

Li Chen, University of Toronto, “Politics of Justice and Knowledge of Law in Qing China.”

 

 

FRIDAY, 27 MARCH 2015 | 3:15 PM – 5:15 PM

Chicago Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Level 4, Sheraton Ballroom III

Legal Politics in the Qing Colonial TerritoriesSponsored by International Society for Chinese Law and History

Organizer | Max Oidtmann | Georgetown University

Organizer | Melissa Macauley | Northwestern University

Panel Abstract:

What was the “law” in the Qing’s outer territories in Mongolia, Tibet, and Xinjiang? Who made it and who used it? Over the last five years, large collections of archival materials from Qing-period agencies and offices in Inner Asia have become available to researchers, allowing for an unprecedented glimpse of grassroots legal politics. These archives reveal that Tibetans, Muslims, Mongols and other non-Han groups made extensive use of Qing institutions to resolve local conflicts. This fact has forced a reconsideration of basic questions about life in Inner Asia in the aftermath of the 18th-century Qing conquests. Was the local legal scene “pluralistic”? Who won in the Qing courtroom: indigenous people or the Qing state? Was there such a thing as “Qing jurisprudence”? The (re)emergence of these legal sources also permits historians of law in China to place the Qing expansion in a comparative framework with the better-studied contemporaneous colonial legal regimes. Was the Qing legal order “colonial”? How can a comparative study of the Qing legal order illuminate changes in legal practices and jurisprudence elsewhere in the 19th century world? This panel brings together four original papers to tackle these questions. Each paper presentation will run for twenty minutes. The final forty minutes will be reserved for a response from our discussant and conversation with the audience.

Area of Study: China and Inner Asia

Discipline(s): History, Law

 Presenters:

Max Oidtmann, Georgetown Univ., “The ‘Warring States’ of Amdo: Qing Jurispractice and the Creation of the ‘Tibetan World,’ 1772-1911”

Wesley Chaney, Stanford Univ., “Stolen Land and Broken Families: Law and Disputes in Rebellion’s Wake”

Jianfei Jia, Indiana Univ., “Legal Pluralism in Penal Cases from the Qing’s Muslim Frontier: The Role of Islamic Law”

Eugene John Gregory, “U.S. Military Academy West Point, “Desertion and the Development of the Militarized Criminal Adjudicative Track.”

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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 weitingguo@gmail.com 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 weitingguo@gmail.com or Society Treasurer at dandanchen2005@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you soon in Shanghai!


Registration fee based on income
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Law & the Legal Profession in China, University of Pittsburgh, Feb. 27-28, 2015

[From H-Asia, 1/28/15]

 

Conference Announcement–Law & the Legal Profession in China, University of Pittsburgh, Feb. 27-28, 2015

by James Cook

Dear Colleagues,

The Asian Studies Center and the Center for International Legal Education at the University of Pittsburgh would like to announce an upcoming conference that may be of interest to many of you.  “Law and the Legal Profession in China” will be held at the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Law on February 27-28, 2015.  Organized by Ronald Brand, James Cook, Pierre Landry, and John Givens, this conference will bring together an international panel of experts to discuss the development and current practice of the legal profession in China.  “Law and the Legal Profession in China” will explore four main themes: History of Law in China, International and Commercial Law, China’s Legal Profession in Comparative Perspective with a focus on Asia, and the domestic practice of law.  Our purpose is to not only understand how the practice of law has evolved over the past two decades, but also discover new opportunities for practice and research.  The conference will be multidisciplinary, bringing together historians, political scientists, practicing attorneys, and established legal scholars for an opportunity to explore questions such as the legal implications of the emergence of China in both Asia and America, the development of the rule of law in China, current reforms in the practice of law in China, and corporate, regulatory, and intellectual property issues facing cross-border transactions by US and China businesses.

Participants include Alison Bailey, University of British Columbia; Donald Clarke, George Washington University; Jacques deLisle, University of Pennsylvania; Ronald Francis, Jr., Reed Smith; Mary Gallagher, University of Michigan; Max Laun, Vice President & General Counsel, Alcoa; Diane Lazzaris, General Counsel & Senior Vice President, Wesco Distribution; Sida Liu, University of Wisconsin, Madison; Jothie Rajah, American Bar Foundation; Glenn Tiffert, University of California, Berkeley; Dennis Unkovic, Meyer Unkovic & Scott; Xiaoqun Xu, Christopher Newport University; Heidi Zhang, Senior Counsel – Westinghouse, Asia.

The conference is free and open to the public with registration.  Continuing Legal Education credit will be offered.  For more information, including paper titles and a conference schedule, please visit the conference webpage at http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/asc/conferences/law-in-china/index. Please email Ms. Lynn Kawaratani with name and affiliation at lyk12@pitt.edu if you wish to attend.

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Sept. in Hong Kong: Int’l Symposium on Law and Social Change in Ming-Qing China「明清中國的法律與社會變遷」國際學術研討會


International Symposium on Law and Social Change in Ming-Qing China

「明清中國的法律與社會變遷」國際學術研討會,” Sept. 5-6, 2014, in Chinese University of Hong Kong, organized by Chiu Pengsheng, Wing-kin Puk. Participants include quite a few of our Society members.

會議場地:崇基學院行政樓3樓啓真道室

Venue: Kilborn Room, 3/F, Chung Chi College Administration Building

 

Here is the conference program:

[明清中國的法律與社會變遷」國際學術研討會
                           (05-06/09/2014)

暫訂議程

時間 週五(9月5日) 時間 週六(9月6日)
8:30-9:00 *報到
9:00-9:20 開幕 9:00-9:20 *報到
9:20-11:00 法律演化與社會變遷(Legal Evolution and Social Change)主持人:李伯重

  1. 岸本美緒〈禮教、契約、生存:試析明清民事審判中的衡平原則〉
  2. 陳惠馨〈從明清法律文書看社會、法律制度的變與不變〉
  3. 寺田浩明〈明清法研究における法の概念について〉

 

9:20-11:00 社會中的法律(Law in Social Context主持人:梁其姿

  1. Matthew Sommer (蘇成捷), “’UNAUTHORIZED PRIVATE SETTLEMENT OF MATTERS OF OFFICIAL CONCERN’ (私和公事): The Ambiguous Status of Mediation in Qing Law. ”
  2. 張小也〈明清時期湖北區域社會的民事法秩序〉
  3. 杜正貞〈「禁立異姓為嗣」與地方習俗的產生——以浙西南宗族為例〉
11:20-13:00 制度與成效(Institutions and Performance主持人:張樂翔(Lawrence Zhang)

  1. 伍躍〈制度的選擇與利用--前近代中國社會成員的制度選擇--〉
  2. 張瑞威〈論法定貨幣的兩個條件——嘉靖一朝銅錢政策的探討〉
  3. Thomas Buoye (步德茂) , “’The Benevolence of Women’: The Politics of Capital Punishment in Imperial China. ”
11:20-13:00 族群、性別與法律(Ethnicity, Gender, and Law主持人:馬健雄

  1. 蘇亦工〈清律回民相關條款與清代的「回變」〉
  2. 賴惠敏〈清代旗人、蒙古與漢族婦女的立嗣權〉
  3. 田宓〈清代内蒙古「土地契約秩序」的建立—以「歸化城土默特」為例〉
14:30-16:10

法律的移植與創造(Legal Transplant and its Invention
主持人:李孝悌 (香港城市大學中文及歷史學系)
1. 孫慧敏 (中央研究院近代史研究所) 〈挪借與創發:明清時期的房屋租賃規範〉
2. 林學忠 (香港城市大學中文及歷史學系)〈國際法與晚清外交
3. 卜永堅 (香港中文大學歷史系)“International Law and Sino-Japanese Dispute over Taiwan in 1874

14:30-16:30 經濟與法律的互動(The Interaction between Economy and Law主持人:王迪安(John D. Wong)

  1. 夫馬進〈中國清代的合會(銀會)訴訟與日本江戶時代的仲間事訴訟〉
  2. 邱澎生〈明清中國「商業法律」的構成與演化〉
  3. 何志輝〈清代中期澳門華洋租約糾紛與商貿社會的衍變——以東波檔六宗中文檔案為素材〉
  4. 吳海傑, “Dirt of Whitewashing: Re-conceptualizing Debtors’ Obligations in Chinese Business by Transplanting Bankruptcy Law to Early Colonial Hong Kong (1860s-1880s).”
16:30-18:30 法律推理與修辭(Reasoning and Rhetoric in Law)主持人:徐忠明

  1. 譚家齊〈惜糞若金: 明末清初判牘中的糞便處理及相關爭議〉
  2. 谷井陽子〈清代律学的實用價值〉
  3. 陳利  Li Chen 〈隱權力、法律知識及幕友在清代司法場域的權力地位〉Invisible Power, Legal Knowledge, and Influence of Qing Legal Specialists.
  4. 尤陳俊〈明清訟師的貪利形象建構〉
16:50-17:30 綜合討論(主要討論未來出版計劃)主持人:
17:30-17:40 閉幕

 

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A recent conference on Chinese law and ethnicity at Bryn Mawr

 

An exciting conference, “Constructing Diversity: Ethnicity and Legal Culture in Chinese History,” was held at Bryn Mawr College on April 4-5, 2014, with an impressive roster of international speakers. Organized by William Alford, Yonglin Jiang, and Yanhong Wu.

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