Several years ago, when U.S. trade across the Pacific finally surpassed that across the Atlantic, a small group of U.S. lawyers were already responding to the challenge of representing clients in transactions in Asia. While few had had the opportunity to take courses dealing with Asian law during their law school years, many entered the field because of undergraduate language and area studies courses. The challenges seem clear: improve the quantity, and especially the variety, of courses on Asian law; bring Asia into the mainstream of American teaching wherever possible - hopefully as a result of having involved American non-specialist teachers in research about, or teaching in, Asia; continue to support teachers who want to move into an Asian specialization, recognizing the magnitude of the commitment to language study and in-country experience that at least a few scholars will make; and encourage the creation of an even better body of scholarship on Asia, including some sophisticated introductory texts.
The Challenge of Asian Law,
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