Call for Papers


National Chiao Tung University (NCTU) School of Law is honored to host the 2017 Asian Law and Society Association (ALSA) Conference. The theme of the conference for this year is Equality, Social Justice and Law: New Challenges of the Transforming Asia.

The transformation in Asia has brought about positive impacts, such as economic growth and cultural exchanges among countries. Unfortunately, it has also caused many social problems such as an aging society with low birth rate, intergenerational differences, globalization, the collapse of the middle class and struggles between economic growth and sustainability. All these problems have created unprecedented challenges to the legal system, especially when observed from a social justice perspective.

As academics and practitioners in the legal community, we would like to know what exactly is the cause of the transformation. What are the views of scholars and practitioners on these issues? How should lawmakers respond to the transforming society? Can the law be an instrument to promote social justice at all? Are there legal limitations?

In an attempt to answer these questions, possible topics for this year’s conference may include but not limited to:

  • Labor Rights
  • Elder Law
  • IP Law & Social Justice
  • Gender & Law
  • Business Ethics & Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Tax Law & Distributive Justice
  • Corporate Governance
  • Anti-Corruption & Government Transparency
  • Anti-Money Laundering
  • Indigenous Rights
  • Technology & Privacy
  • Food Safety & Drug Law
  • Patient Rights & Responsibility
  • Migration & Immigration
  • Capital Punishment & Wrongful Conviction
  • Lay Participation & Judicial Decision-Making
  • Transitional Justice
  • Legal Education & Professional Ethics

Submissions of individual papers

Participants should submit the title of the paper and a 300 word summary.

Every participant is allowed to submit a maximum of 2 papers.

Submissions for Panel Proposals

The panel organizer should submit a session title and a 300 word panel description. In addition to the panel description, each panel proposal should be submitted along with 2-3 individual proposal.

Every participant is allowed to propose a maximum of 2 panels.

General guidelines for abstract submission

  • The deadline for submission of abstracts is July 31.
  • Please submit your abstract HERE.
  • Participants will be notified of the status of their submission within a month after the deadline. If your abstract is accepted, you will be informed by email. Please maintain a functional email address at all times.
  • Selection will be made on a competitive basis for a limited number of slots. The organizers reserve the right to make changes to the panel allocation.
  • For more information, please email

Young Scholar Workshop 2017, Taiwan

The Young Scholar Workshop will be held on December 14, 2017 at NCTU School of Law .

The workshop encourages young scholars to do their research and writing relating to law-and-society topics of Asian societies, advances their knowledge and understanding of the field, and aims to build an intellectual community among them. It offers a valuable opportunity for the participants to receives insightful comments on their papers, go through profound discussions with the fellow researchers on research methodologies, analytical trends in the field, writing and publishing.

Eligibility: Doctoral students in the late stages of their education, research or post-doctoral fellows who completed their doctoral degrees no earlier than 2013, and faculty members in the first five years of their academic careers are eligible to apply (we do not accept applications from LL.M. or undergraduate students).

The Workshop will provide up to USD 500 for travel and accommodation to each participant. Participants are responsible for their own accommodation and flight arrangements.

Please use the conference paper submission system to submit your paper to both the conference and the Young Scholars’ Workshop. Your abstract will be first considered by the conference committee. To be eligible to be considered for a position in the workshop, we request applicants to submit their full paper to by November 6, 2017. Decision will be announced by the end of November.



NCTU School of Law does not encourage withdrawals of papers 
less than two weeks before the conference.

Thank you for your understanding and co-operation.
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