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International Legal Studies Colloquium

2009-2010

April 12, 2010
"The 21st Century: The China Century? " This panel discussion featured Professors Tahirih Lee of Florida State University; Professor Margaret Woo of Northeastern University; and Professor Tsemin Yang of Vermont Law School. BC Law Professsor Brian Quinn moderated the discussion. The event was co-sponsored by BC Law’s Asia Pacific American Law Students Association and International Law Society.

March 16, 2010
Takashi Kawase, Assistant Judge of Tokyo District Court and Visiting Scholar, Boston College Law School. "Japanese Justice System Reform: Introducing the Lay-Judge (Saiban-in) System." The event was co-sponsored by BC Law’s Asia Pacific American Law Students Association and International Law Society.

February 18. 2010
Sophie Robin-Olivier, Professor of Law, University of Paris Ouest Nanterre la Défense. "The Transformation of EU Social Policy: Questions about the Existence and Survival of a European Social Model." Vlad Perju, Assistant Professor of Law , Boston College Law School, offered commentary.

In recent times, EU law developments in the fields of labor and employment law have changed in different ways. Prevalent discourse on “flexicurity,” strong resistance in many Member states to the adoption of high standards of workers’ protection, and recent decisions of the Court of Justice favoring free trade rules to the detriment of social rights, have had an influence on its substance. Theories on new forms of governance have fostered an evolution in the methods and instruments of EU social policies. As a result, EU social law has become more flexible in substance and form, and harmonization in that field has faded to the point that the existence of a European Social Model is more questioned than ever. The ambition of the presentation is to question the notion of a European Social Model before assessing its possible future. The idea is that European social law should not be compared to national laws but rather considered in the light of its achievements/failures in coping with social issues deriving from markets’ integration.


October 6, 2009
Xiangshun Ding, Associate Professor and Assistant Dean for Foreign Affairs (U.S. and Japan), School of Law of Renmin University of China. "Legal Education Reform in China, Japan and South Korea."