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The Fall and Rise of Legal Education in Asia

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The Fall and Rise of Legal Education in Asia


The history of legal education in Asia bears the scars of colonialism. The most obvious evidence of that today lies in the common law/civil law divide between the various countries, a distinction for which the determining factor was typically the legal system of the European power that happened to exercise colonial power. In recent years, however, the rise of Asia has encouraged more confidence and greater independence.

Professor Simon Chesterman, Dean of the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law, will discuss early efforts to inhibit legal education in Asia. Secondly, and more briefly, he will consider the manner in which many efforts to encourage imitation, in particular the law and development school, produced uncertain and sometimes unhelpful results. Thirdly, he will turn to more recent innovations by law faculties across the region in three discrete areas of their national, global, and regional roles.



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