Conference Theme: Whither Eastern Asian Liberals?: The Aspirations and Anxieties of International Law in Taiwan, Korea, and Japan
Globally, national populism and antiforeignism are currently on the rise. Furthermore, sovereign states tend to lean toward adopting anti-internationalist foreign policy which unsurprisingly leads to international disputes. In other words, there has been a decline in liberal order and democracy that support international law and vice versa; and the Northeast Asian countries (jurisdictions), Taiwan, Korea, and Japan, are no exception to this. Although the corrosion of liberalism is particularly evident in terms of the security, history, and territorial sovereignty in the aforementioned region; the possibility of this overshadowing the shared values among these three jurisdictions (e.g., the protection of fundamental human rights and democracy) is a serious concern.
The conference seeks to explore how international law can and should work toward protecting and promoting liberal order as well as developing international cooperation.
All academics, practitioners, lawyers, and government officials worldwide are invited to submit a proposal.
Proposals for papers that focus on the following areas with respect the three mentioned jurisdictions and other countries are welcome:

  • theory and history of international law
  • international organizations
  • international dispute settlement
  • security
  • international humanitarian law
  • international environmental and energy laws
  • the Law of the Sea
  • international commercial law
  • private international law
  • international trade and investment law
  • international human rights law (IHRL)

Proposals must be emailed to by 29 February 2020.