The Third East Asia Law & Society Conference
Weidong Ji*

The Third East Asia Law & Society Conference was organized by the Collaborative Research Network 33 – East Asia Law & Society (EALS) and the SJTU Law and Society Center ( in Shanghai on 22-23 March 2013.   The KoGuan Law School of the Shanghai Jiao Tong University, a rising law school and one of the best in Mainland China, hosted this conference, and aimed to build a platform for intellectual dialogue and collaboration between socio-legal scholars engaged in Asia-related studies and scholars seeking to enrich their research with findings from these regions.

Under the theme of “Building the Asian Socio-Legal Community: Theoretical Visions and Empirical Challenges”, the conference attracted around 300 academics, practitioners and governmental officials from all over the globe. More than 220 scholars presented their studies in 43 forums or panels, the most important of which included the Soft Law Forum, the Financial Law Forum and the Southeast Asia and Northeast Asia Dialogue Forum. Moreover, for the first time the conference introduced a Postgraduate Workshop for young and promising scholars and doctoral students. In addition, during the conference the KoGuan Law School and Cambridge University Press launched the Asian Journal of Law and Society which aims to build a cultural silk road for Asia to communicate with the world in the 21st century. The journal will have its first issue in 2014. All contributions are encouraged to be sent to

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* Weidong Ji, Dean and Chair Professor of  KoGuan Law School and Director of Law and Society Center,  Shanghai Jiao Tong University.