Unveil multi-layered cultural assumptions
Identify cultural particulars and legal issues in East Asia
Learn Confucian moral values in relation to the law
Build thinking skills for conflict resolution
In most Western cultures, personal identification is based on the individual, whereas in East Asia, the family registry system has been used to identify individuals.
“Confucianism” is one of the common ethical values in East Asia. Confucian values place much emphasis on an individual’s moral obligation to family members.
In this course, we will cover three themes. We will begin with identifying how Confucian moral and legal reasoning have evolved and the unique aspect of the role of apology in East Asia. The course also introduces the notion of Legal Orientalism and argues against the theory by presenting cases related to the advanced notion of anticipatory repudiation in China, a transfer pricing case in Japan, and Inter-Korea business law in Korea.
Students and researchers interested in an introduction to East Asian societies, conflict resolution, negotiation studies, as well as contemporary legal cases in Japan, South Korea, and China are welcomed to join the course and discussions.
Week 1 Confucianism and Law
Introduction with Prof. Kenjiro Tsuchida
Confucianism and fundamentals Part 1
Confucianism and fundamentals Part 2
Tang and Qing China
Confucian influence in Tokugawa Japan (1603-1867)
Confucian jurisprudence in Yi Korea (1382-1910)
Week 2 Apology and Wrongdoings
Apology and legal effects
Cultural particulars and apology
Law and literature - Interview with Prof. Tetsuhito Motoyama
Apology and corporate dispute resolution in Japan
Apology and defamation in Korea
Legal narrative in China
Week 3 Legal Orientalism and Beyond
Deconstructing Legal Orientalism - Interview with Prof.Takao Suami
Chinese contract law - Interview with Prof. Hikota Koguchi
Contract law in China
Transfer pricing in Japan
College level reading and writing skills