Fellow CRN4 Friends and Colleagues-
The Annual LSA meeting is approaching, and we wanted to give you a sense of the activity surrounding our CRN on Lay Participation. Our big day is Thursday, May 29 and early Friday, May 30. Click here for the list of panels on Thursday, which begin bright and early at 8:15AM and run throughout the day, right up until the evening reception. We have two co-sponsored panels with CRN33, East Asian Law and Society. On Friday at 8:15AM, we will be holding a business meeting for our group in the Hilton Board Room #3. Please try to attend. This is not only a way to try to plan and update, but it also serves as a signal to LSA that we are a healthy, vibrant group. Feel free to eat your breakfast ahead of time, or you are welcome to “bring your own” (BYO) in terms of breakfast (no shame to eat in front of us!). Coffee in hand or not, we do hope you can join us. Because Valerie, Sanja and I all have complicated travel schedules this time around, we were not able to schedule a dinner out for one of the nights. But we hope you will use the sessions and even the business meeting to look for opportunities to gather more informally to go out on the town together.
See you in a few short weeks!
-Mary (with Sanja and Valerie)
Greetings! The 2013 Law & Society Association Conference in Boston, MA was a success. It was a pleasure to see those of you who were able to attend. As promised, we have posted below links to materials from the presentations during the conference.
The panel, Lay Participation Systems and their Socio-Legal Implications in East Asia and the World, was presented at the East Asian Law and Society Conference in Shanghai, China, in March 2013. Panelists included several members of our CRN/IRC:
The edited versions of the videos are found here.
Oct 7, 2006 -
Conference on Citizen Participation in East Asian Legal Systems
Conference Video 1, 9/22/2006
Conference Video 2, 9/22/2006
Conference Video 3, 9/23/2006
Conference Video 4, 9/23/2006
Conference Video 5, 9/23/2006
On September 22 and 23, 2006, the Clarke Program in East Asian Law and Culture at Cornell Law School hosted researchers from around the world for a series of discussions on the introduction of lay decision makers into the legal systems of Japan, Korea, and other countries in East Asia. Speaking from a variety of transnational and interdisciplinary perspectives, presenters exchanged views on the impact of these developments on public justice and the research possibilities they present for legal scholars.
Cornell Law School professor and jury scholar Valerie Hans, who organized the conference, described the event as an opportunity to “build a research agenda.” Her aim for the conference was to identify key theoretical issues and empirical questions about the global phenomenon of citizen participation in legal decision making. To that end, the conference was organized into three panels. The first panel focused the sociological and theoretical context of citizen participation in law in Asia.
Speakers discussed the continuing evolution of the relationship between the people and the courts in Thailand, China, and Central Asia as the region undergoes sweeping technological and political transformation. On Japan, the topics of discussion ranged from concrete issues, such as the impact of proposed changes in the country’s Prosecutorial Review Commissions, to more abstract matters like the potential for the new lay judge system to modify Japan’s cultural hierarchy of language.
The second panel examined the process of legal reform and the role that historical, cultural, and legal factors play in shaping the nature of citizen participation. CLS assistant professor Bernadette Meyler analyzed the evolution of the English jury, offering a historical perspective on proposed legal changes in East Asian legal systems. Conference attendees also heard the insights of individuals who have been working to develop the new Japanese and Korean systems.
The final panel focused on strategies for empirical research. Panelists exchanged research techniques for all levels of the legal process, from public education regarding basic legal terminology to the patterns of deliberations within the black box of the jury. Particular emphasis was placed on how to use methods such as surveys and mock trial exercises to uncover a common set of issues central to the nature of citizen participation.
Also discussed were ways to apply transnational analysis to learn how to structure legal systems to render effective justice in different cultural contexts and political systems. The conference was successful on multiple levels. In addition to gaining perspective on the diversity of functions that juries and mixed tribunals play in the region, participants were able to craft issues and questions about the expansion of the citizen’s role, informed by comparative legal studies. Many of the conference attendees plan to meet again to continue discussions and collaboration.
Upcoming Clarke Program events are described at http://www.lawschool.cornell.edu/international/clarke_program.