An extended historical review of the foundations of Japanese law in society: Japan’s adoption and adaptation of Chinese legal doctrines, continental European legal structures and ideas, and American influences. Consideration of the structure of contemporary law in Japan: a look at the various players in the legal system, some important legal doctrines, and the real-world operation of Japan’s laws today.
Comparison of corporate insolvency law of selected Asian and Pacific island countries, with a focus on recently enacted laws and pending proposals that have followed the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis. Law students only. Recommended: LAW 515, LAW 554, LAW 562. (Alt. years)
Area studies of Asian legal systems and issues, focusing on administration of Asian labor laws in a comparative context. Possible effects on foreign direct investment and foreign migrant contract workers. Comparison of Chinese, Japanese and other legal approaches in dealing with common issues.
Designed to give an understanding of international criminal law. Will review all aspects of international criminal law from substantive international crimes to criminal liability and sentencing by domestic and international tribunals. LAW majors only.
Provides students with an understanding of the law, society, and legal systems in Korea. Areas of law including constitutional, civil, criminal, and business are discussed. Emphasis on South Korea. Law majors only.
Selected topics presented by faculty members or visiting scholars, focusing upon subjects in the Pacific and Asian area. (B) business; (C) China; (G) global; (H) Philippines; (I) India; (J) Japan; (K) Korea; (P) Pacific; (S) Southeast Asia; (T) Topic 10; (U) Topic 11; (V) Topic 12; (W) Topic 13; (X) Topic 14. LAW majors only for (B) and (H). Repeatable six times for (C), (I), (J), (K), (P), (S), (T), (U), (V), (W), (X); repeatable five times, up to 18 credits for (B), (H); not repeatable for (G).
Focus on the legal environment facing foreign businesses operating in Japan. Includes consideration of the business environment and culture, issues relating to governmental oversight, contract consciousness, corporate law, and dispute resolution. Uses the example of an actual joint venture between an American and a Japanese company as a tool for studying the relevant issues from a practical perspective.
Introduction to business and commercial law in the People’s Republic of China. After a brief overview of China’s political and legal systems, the course will examine basic areas of domestic business legislation, including torts, property, and contract law, the regulation of private business, the reform of state enterprises, the development of company and securities laws, and the regulation of land-use and other property rights. More specialized topics, such as arbitration and dispute resolution, the Chinese approach to intellectual property issues, or the use of joint ventures and other foreign investment vehicles, may also be included.
An examination of the law, rules, and practices relating to transborder commercial transactions. Roughly half of the semester focuses on international sales transactions, the remaining portion focuses on domestic and multinational governance of the international business arena.
Status and evolution of rights of Native Hawaiians to the land and its usufructs. Potential of utilizing native rights based on statute, custom, and use to develop new and expanded rights.
Specific topic areas depend on current developments and issues in Native Hawaiian and Indigenous law in Hawai‘i, the nation, and internationally, and expertise of faculty and visiting faculty. (B) policy and governance; (C) business and economic development; (D) law and culture; (E) Indigenous peoples, (F) Indigenous environment and sustainability. Repeatable up to 9 credits. LAW students only.
Designed to acquaint the student with the unique legal history of Hawai‘i, emphasizing particular legal controversies that have shaped the law of our island society. LAW majors only.
Introduction to the legal framework for water resource management in Hawai‘i; case studies illuminate the litigation process and evolution of the public trust, precautionary principle, and other legal, scientific, and policy areas.
Evolving process of formulating rules to govern nations and peoples of the world in their attempts to solve problems recognized as requiring global solutions.
Overview of the historical foundations of Chinese law and introduction to the present legal system in the People’s Republic of China. Repeatable one time. (Cross-listed as ASAN 686)
Introduction to the civil law tradition, particularly as exemplified by the legal systems of East and Southeast Asia. After a brief review of comparative law study and the historical development of the civil law, the course will examine the structure and role of the courts, judicial process, the legal profession and constitutional law and administrative law in Western Europe and in the Asian civil law countries.
Applying international human rights law and legal skills to promote and protect human rights by way of United Nations Charter-based human rights mechanism, treaty-based mechanism, or other international human rights institutions.
Discusses central problems of responsibility for mass atrocity crimes such as genocide, and with the role of providing accountability through criminal accountability or other means such as truth commissions in post-conflict societies.
Problem-based course teaches theory and practice of interrelated global private regulation and public development consequences, as situated in cross-border transactions and dispute resolution in world law, international investment law, and international financial law.
Study of substantive rules of one or more Pacific Islands jurisdictions, development of legal systems, relationship of legal systems to culture and tradition.
Primer on the World Intellectual Property Organization and the treaties it administers. Will explore the various international legislative and judicial developments in intellectual property as well as analyze international methods to harmonize several regional and national laws to protect rights in trademarks, patents, and copyrights. Students will be exposed to issues of territoriality and jurisdiction, international antitrust issues, and international dispute resolution, and human rights implications of international intellectual property rights protections. Pre: LAW 535.