Legal Thoughts between the East and the West in the Multilevel Legal Order

A Liber Amicorum in Honour of Professor Herbert Han-Pao Ma

  • Chang-fa Lo
  • Nigel N.T.  Li
  • Tsai-yu Lin

Part of the Economics, Law, and Institutions in Asia Pacific book series (ELIAP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Introduction

  3. Mutual Influence and Interaction in Legal Regimes and Practices

  4. Mutual Influence and Interaction in Constitutional Law and Fundamental Rights

  5. Mutual Influence and Interaction in International Law and Regional Governance

  6. Mutual Influence and Interaction in Specific Substantive Laws

  7. Mutual Influence and Interaction in Dispute Settlement Mechanisms and Practices

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 597-610

About this book


This book focuses on the interaction and mutual influences between the East and the West in terms of their legal systems and practices. In this regard, it highlights Professor Herbert H.P. Ma’s achievements and his efforts to bring Eastern and Western legal concepts and systems closer together.

The book shows that, while there have been convergences between different legal regimes in many fields of law, diverse legal practices and approaches rooted in differing cultural, social, political and philosophical backgrounds do remain, and that these differences are not necessarily negative elements in the contemporary legal order. By examining different levels of the legal order, including domestic, regional and multilateral, it goes on to argue that identifying these diversities and addressing the interactions and mutual influences between different regimes is a worthwhile undertaking, not only in terms of mutual enrichment, but also with regard to intensifying the degree of desirable coordination between different legal systems.

All chapters were written by leading experts, practitioners and scholars from different jurisdictions with expertise in various fields of law and different levels of the legal order, and discuss a number of issues with particular focus on either “one-way” or mutual influences between the Eastern and the Western legal systems, practices and philosophies.


East-West Interactions Asian Constitutionalism human rights global governance dispute settlement

Editors and affiliations

  • Chang-fa Lo
    • 1
  • Nigel N.T.  Li
    • 2
  • Tsai-yu Lin
    • 3
  1. 1.Constitutional CourtTaipeiTaiwan
  2. 2.Lee and Li, Attorneys at LawTaipeiTaiwan
  3. 3.College of LawNational Taiwan UniversityTaipeiTaiwan

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