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Call for Nominations

Please see below for descriptions of award/competition categories, eligibility criteria, and nomination procedures. The award ceremony is usually held on the last day of the annual ALSA meeting. For 2022, it will be 10 December 2022, at the University of Law, Vietnam National University, Hanoi.

The 2022 recipients have been announced. Nominations for 2023 will open in the second quarter of 2023.


ALSA Distinguished Book Award

ALSA awards the Distinguished Book Award to a monograph that makes excellent scholarly contributions to the field of Asian law and society. The award includes two years of free ALSA membership and U$300 cash.

Click here for the 2022 Call for Nominations.

2022 ALSA Distinguished Book Award Committee:

Tamir Moustafa (Chair), Simon Fraser University

Sarah Biddulph, University of Melbourne

Anna High, University of Otago

ALSA Distinguished Article Award

ALSA awards the Distinguished Article Award to recognise scholarly excellence in any area of Asian law and society. The award includes two years of free ALSA membership and U$300 cash.

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2022 ALSA Distinguished Article Award Committee:

Swethaa Ballakrishnen (Chair), University of California, Irvine

Xin He, University of Hong Kong

Ayako Hirata, University of Tokyo

ALSA Graduate Student Article Award

ALSA awards the Graduate Student Article Award to a published journal-length article on Asian law and society by a graduate student. The award includes two years of free ALSA membership and U$300 cash.

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2022 ALSA Graduate Student Article Award Committee:

Wen-Chen Chang (Chair), National Taiwan University

Nafay Choudhury, University of Cambridge

Arm Tungnirun, Chulalongkorn University

AsianJLS-ALSA Graduate Student Paper Competition

Co-sponsored by the Asian Journal of Law & Society (AsianJLS), the Graduate Student Paper Competition recognises the best journal-length (but not yet published) paper in the field of law and society written by a graduate student and selects it for publication in AsianJLS. This Competition is a new category starting in 2022. In addition to publication in AsianJLS, the award includes two years of free ALSA membership, U$150 cash from ALSA and U$150 of e-books provided by Cambridge University Press and the China Institute for Socio-Legal Studies (CISLS), Shanghai Jiao Tong University. The authors of the winning paper and honorary mention (if any) will also be offered the opportunity to work at CISLS either as student Research Associate or as Postdoctoral Fellow for two years.

Click here for the 2022 Call for Submissions.

2022 AsianJLS-ALSA Graduate Student Paper Competition Committee:

Sida Liu (Chair), University of Hong Kong/University of Toronto

Salwa Tabassum Hoque, New York University

Xueyao Li, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Trang (Mae) Nguyen, Temple University

Matthias Vanhullebusch, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Previous Recipients


Distinguished Book Award 2022

  • Winner: Deana Heath, Colonial Terror: Torture and State Violence in Colonial India, Oxford University Press, 2021.

  • Honorable Mention: Jinee Lokaneeta, The Truth Machines: Policing, Violence, and Scientific Interrogations in India, University of Michigan Press, 2020.

Distinguished Article Award 2022

  • Winner: Nafay Choudhury, "Order in the Bazaar: The Transformation of Non-State Law in Afghanistan’s Premier Money Exchange Market," (2022) 47 Law & Social Inquiry 292-330.

Graduate Student Article Award 2022

The committee reviewed the entries and exercised its right not to name a recipient this year.

AsianJLS-ALSA Graduate Student Paper Competition 2022

  • Winner: Achalie Kumarage (PhD Candidate, School of Regulation and Global Governance, Australian National University) for "Collective Voice without Collective Bargaining: Pandemic Induced Wage Theft Claims and Worker Responses in Apparel Supply Chains."

  • Honorable Mention: Xiangyi Ren (PhD Student, Department of Sociology, University of Chicago) for “Divergent Forms of Knowledge Production and Law-Making in China."


The awards were suspended in 2021 due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.


Distinguished Book Award 2020

Distinguished Article Award 2020

  • Co-Winner: Di Wang & Sida Liu, "Performing Artivism: Feminists, Lawyers, and Online Legal Mobilization in China" (2020) Law and Social Inquiry, 45(3) 678-705.

  • Co-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.

Graduate Student Article Award 2020

  • Winner: Arushi Garg, "Consent, Conjugality & Crime: Hegemonic Constructions of Rape Laws in India." (2019) Social & Legal Studies. 28(6):737-754.

  • Honorable Mention: Di Wang, "Jia, as in Guojia: Building the Chinese Family into a Filial Nationalist Project" (2020) China Law and Society Review. 5(1)


Distinguished Book Award 2019

Distinguished Article Award 2019

  • Winner: 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.

  • Honorable 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.

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

Graduate Student Article Award 2019

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

  • Co-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.

  • Honorable 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.

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


Distinguished Book Award 2018

Graduate Student Article Award 2018

  • Co-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.

  • Co-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.

  • Honorable 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.


Distinguished Book Award 2017

Graduate Student Article Award 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.