The Japan Chapter of the Asian Society of International Law is organising its 12th Annual Conference on the theme of ‘Whither Eastern Asian Liberals? The Aspirations and Anxieties of International Law in Taiwan, Korea, and Japan’. The conference will be held online on 4 July 2021.

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.