Law and society in East Asia

Christoph Antons (Editor), Roman Tomasic (Editor)

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The massive and complex process of change in East Asia over recent decades has brought about a transformation in the nature of law and legal institutions in the region. Whilst the process of change has to some degree mimicked western models of law and legal change, there have been significant differences in approach due to the different social foundations of East Asian societies. The more obvious of these has been the variety of ways in which rule of law ideas have been adopted in many East Asian countries where the role of the state is more dominant when compared with Western models. This volume brings together a selection of the most important writings on East Asia of researchers in recent years, and shows the broad range of questions which researchers have been addressing about the effect of law reform and legal change in societies dominated by traditional values and political forces, and at a time of massive economic change.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon ; New York
PublisherAshgate Publishing
Number of pages579
ISBN (Electronic)9781351560719
ISBN (Print)9780754628606
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameThe Library of Essays on Law in East Asia

Bibliographical note

First published 2013 by Ashgate Publishing; published 2016 by Routledge.


  • Adat Law
  • Asian Legal Systems
  • Asian Values
  • Colonial Legal System
  • Islamic Law
  • Legal Reform
  • Personal Laws

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