mpilhlt scholars at the second Asian Legal History Conference
From 22 to 24 July this year, the second Asian Legal History Annual Conference is taking place online. It follows the Asian Legal History Conference hosted by the Transnational Legal History Group of the CUHK LAW’s Centre for Comparative and Transnational Law and the University of Law – Hue University, held last year for the first time. The Conference aims to provide an opportunity for scholars, researchers and students to share their findings on the legal history of Asia.
A number of mpilhlt colleagues are taking part in the conference. Stefan Vogenauer is contributing to an introductory workshop for early-career scholars, held in advance of the main conference, with a talk entitled ‘Towards a comparative legal history of Asian contract laws’.
During the main conference, Luisa Stella Coutinho’s paper on ‘Women’s legal history during the Christian century in Japan: a global perspective of normativities, 1540s–1630s’ analyses how the conversion of Japanese women to Christianity redefined social roles and also, through the processes of cultural translation and adaptation, legal categories, particularly those relating to marriage, inheritance, kinship systems, repudiation and divorce practices.
Last but not least, Sandra Röseler is giving a talk on ‘Legal historiography in China: writing legal history from present to past?’, in which she examines the methodology of Chinese (legal) historical scholarship, especially in the context of the resolution ‘Major Achievements and Historical Experience of the Party over the Past Century’ passed in 2021.