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Asian Law – Books Launch & Seminar

Asian Law – Books Launch & Seminar


Launched by: The Honourable Tom Bathurst AC QC


About the event

Join us for a downtown launch of two Asian Law books, launched by New South Wales Chief Justice Tom Bathurst, followed by a seminar with some of the authors on comparing Southeast Asian and Japanese contract and consumer law developments. Seminar participants include: Professor Luke Nottage, Sydney Law School, Adjunct Professor Donald Robertson, Sydney Law School and Professor Gail Pearson, Sydney Business School, chaired by Ian Williams, Herbert Smith Freehills partner & Australian Network for Japanese Law advisor.

About the books

This is the first Western-language research monograph detailing significant developments in consumer law and policy across the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), underpinned by a growing middle class and implementation of the ASEAN Economic Community from 2016. Eight chapters examine consumer law topics within ASEAN member states (such as product safety and consumer contracts) and across them (financial and health services), as well as the interface with competition law and the nature of ASEAN as a unique and evolving international organisation. The authors include insights from extensive fieldwork, partly through consultancies for the ASEAN Secretariat, to provide a reliable, contextual and up-to-date analysis of consumer law and policy development across the region. The volume also draws on and contributes to theories of law and development in multiple fields, including comparative law, political economy and regional studies.

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Contributing to the renowned multi-volume International Encyclopaedia of Laws, this practical analysis of the law of contracts in Japan covers every aspect of the subject – definition and classification of contracts, contractual liability, relation to the law of property, good faith, burden of proof, defects, penalty clauses, arbitration clauses, remedies in case of non-performance, damages, power of attorney, and much more. Lawyers who handle transnational contracts will appreciate the explanation of fundamental differences in terminology, application, and procedure from one legal system to another, as well as the international aspects of contract law. Throughout the book, the treatment emphasizes the major 2017 reforms to the Civil Code.An introduction in which contracts are defined and contrasted to torts, quasi-contracts, and property is followed by a discussion of the underlying principles of the formation of contract. Subsequent chapters cover the doctrines of ‘relative effect’, termination of contract, and remedies for non-performance. The second part of the book, recognizing the need to categorize an agreement as a specific contract in order to determine the rules which apply to it, describes the nature of agency, sale, lease, building contracts, and other types of contract. Facts are presented in such a way that readers who are unfamiliar with specific terms and concepts in varying contexts will fully grasp their meaning and significance.

CPD Points: 1.5

This free event is kindly supported by Herbert Smith Freehills at their downtown premises, as well as by the Centre for Asian and Pacific Law at the University of Sydney (CAPLUS), the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre, and the Australian Network for Japanese Law (ANJeL).


Location: Herbert Smith Freehills, ANZ Tower, 161 Castlereagh Street, Sydney, NSW

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Nov 27 2019


5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Free, however registration is essential

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