Awards

ALSA Distinguished Book Award

The Asian Law & Society Association (ALSA) awards the ALSA Distinguished Book Award to recognise distinguished book (excluding edited volumes) on Asian law and society. Either the nominator or the nominee must be ALSA members. Recipient of the Award will receive free membership in the ALSA for two calendar years. Award ceremony is usually held on the last day of the ALSA meeting.

The recipients of the 2020 ALSA Distinguished Book Award and Honorary Mention have been announced (please kindly see information below).

Call for Nominations regarding the 2021 ALSA Distinguished Book Award will be posted on this web page in due course.


2020 ALSA Distinguished Book Award Committee:

  • Amy Shee (Committee Chair) - College of Law, National Chung Cheng University, Chia-Yi, Taiwan

  • Rostam J. Neuwirth - Faculty of Law, University of Macau, Macau (China)

  • Kota Fukui - Graduate School of Law and Politics, Osaka University, Japan

  • Kwai Ng - Department of Sociology, UC San Diego, USA

  • Shahla Ali - Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Pokfulam Hong Kong SAR


Winners (2017 - 2020)

2020 Honorary Mention

Erik Herber

Lay and Expert Contributions to Japanese Criminal Justice

Routledge, 2019


2019 Winner

Lynette Chua

Politics of Love in Myanmar: LGBT Mobilization and Human Rights as a Way of Life

Stanford University Press, 2018


2019 Honorary Mention

Tamir Moustafa

Constituting Religion: Islam, Liberal Rights, and the Malaysian State

Cambridge University Press, 2018


2018 Winners

Kwai Hang Ng and Xin He,

Embedded Courts: Judicial Decision-Making in China

Cambridge University Press, 2017.


2018 Honorary Mention

Mary E. Gallagher, Authoritarian Legality in China: Law, Workers, and the State

Cambridge University Press, 2017.


2018 Honorary Mention

Patricia Sloane-White,

Corporate Islam: Sharia and the Modern Workplace

Cambridge University Press, 2017.

2017 Winner

Nick Cheesman,

Opposing the Rule of Law: How Myanmar's Courts Make Law and Order Cambridge University Press, 2015.


2017 Honorary Mention

Matthew S. Erie,

China and Islam: The Prophet, the Party, and Law

Cambridge University Press, 2016.


2017 Honorary Mention

Sida Liu and Terence C. Halliday,

Criminal Defense in China: The Politics of Lawyers at Work

Cambridge University Press, 2016.


ALSA Distinguished article award

ALSA awards the ALSA Distinguished Article Award to recognise scholarly excellence in any area of Asian law and society by scholars in an accredited academic institution. Either the nominator or the nominee must be ALSA members. Recipient of the Award will receive free membership in the ALSA for two calendar years. Award ceremony is usually held on the last day of the ALSA meeting.

The recipients of the 2020 ALSA Distinguished Article Awards have been announced (please kindly see information below).

Call for Nominations regarding the 2021 ALSA Distinguished Article Award will be posted on this web page in due course.


2020 ALSA Distinguished Article Award Committee:

  • Kwang Jun TSCHE - Kyung Hee University, Korea (Chair)

  • Tom Ginsburg - University of Chicago, U.S.

  • Henning Glaser - Thamassat University, Thailand

  • Mary Ip - University of New South Wales, Australia

  • Yuka Kaneko - Kobe University, Japan

  • Joongi Kim - Yonsei University, Korea


Winners (2019 - 2020)

2020 Winners

Di Wang & Sida Liu,

"Performing Artivism: Feminists, Lawyers, and Online Legal Mobilization in China"

(2020) Law and Social Inquiry, 45(3) 678-705.

2020 Winner

Yonson Ahn,

"Yearning for affection: Traumatic bonding between Korean 'comfort women' and Japanese soldiers during World War II" (2019) European Journal of Women's Studies 26(4) 360-374.

2019 Winners

Yun-chien Chang & Xu Ke

"Decentralized and Anomalous Interpretations of Chinese Private Law: Understanding a Bureaucratic and Political Judicial System" (2018) Minnesota Law Review. 110.


2019 Honorary Mention

Shitong Qiao,

"Fragmented Laws, Contingent Choices: The Tragicomedy of the Village Commons in China," (2019) 29 Duke Journal of Comparative & International Law 235-275.

2019 Honorary Mention

David Johnson and Jon Fernquest

"Governing through Killing: The War on Drugs in the Philippines," (2018) Asian Journal of Law and Society, 5(2), 359-390.

ALSA graduate student article award


ALSA awards the ALSA Graduate Student Article Award. Either the nominator or the nominee must be ALSA members. Recipient of the Award will receive free membership in the ALSA for two calendar years. Award ceremony is usually held on the last day of the ALSA meeting.

The recipients of the 2020 ALSA Gradute Student Article Award and Honorary Mention have been announced (please kindly see information below).

Call for Nominations regarding the 2021 ALSA Graduate Student Article Award will be posted on this web page in due course.


2020 ALSA Graduate Student Article Award Committee:

  • Jonathan Liljeblad (Chair) - Australian National University, Australia

  • Karen Lee - Education University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

  • Michelle Kwon - Inha Law School, South Korea

  • Kristina Simion - Folks Bernadotte Akademie, Sweden

  • Mark Nolan - Australian National University, Australia


Winners (2017 - 2020)

2020 Winner

Arushi Garg

"Consent, Conjugality & Crime: Hegemonic Constructions of Rape Laws in India."

(2019) Social & Legal Studies. 28(6):737-754.

2020 Honorary Mention

Di Wang

"Jia, as in Guojia: Building the Chinese Family into a Filial Nationalist Project."

(2020) China Law and Society Review. 5(1)

2019 Winner

Tobias Smith,

"Body Count Politics: Quantification, Secrecy, and Capital Punishment in China." (2020) Law & Social Inquiry, 1-22.

2019 Winner

Qian Liu,

"Legal Consciousness of the Leftover Woman: Law and Qing in Chinese Family Relations." (2018) Asian Journal of Law and Society, 7-27.

2019 Honorary Mention

Ayako Hatano,

"Can Strategic Human Rights Litigation Complement Social Movements? A Case Study of the Movement Against Racism and Hate Speech in Japan," (2019) University of Pennsylvania Asian Law Review 228-274.

2019 Honorary Mention

Hai Jin Park, "Class Action Scarcity: An Empirical Analysis of the Securities Class Action in Korea," (2019) European Business Organization Law Review.

2018 Winner

Vivien Chen

"Law and Society in the Evolution of Malaysia’s Islamic Capital Market Regulation." (2017) Asian Journal of Law and Society, 4(1), 133-156.

2018 Winner

Ching-Fang Hsu

The Political Origins of Professional Identity: Lawyers, Judges, and Prosecutors in Taiwan’s State Transformation. (2018) Asian Journal of Law and Society, 1-26.

2018 Honorary Mention

Rahela Khorakiwala

"Legal Consciousness as Viewed through the Judicial Iconography of the Madras High Court." (2018) Asian Journal of Law and Society, 5(1), 111-133.

2017 Winner

Yung-hua Kuo & Po-liang Chen, "Identity Laws and Privacy Protection in a Modern State: The Legal History Concerning Personal Information in Taiwan (1895-2015)," (2016) Washington International Law Review 25(2), 223.