Welcome to East Asian Legal Studies
The East Asian Legal Studies program (EALS) is the United States’ oldest and most extensive academic program devoted to the study of the law and legal history of the nations and peoples of East Asia and their interaction with the United States. The program was created in 1965 in response to increasing interest among lawyers and scholars of international and comparative law in the legal cultures of China, Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia.
The Law School offers instruction on the legal systems of East Asia and sponsors in-depth research conducted by scholars in residence. Joint programs of study can also be arranged on an individual basis with other parts of Harvard University. An active extracurricular program includes a lunchtime speaker series that combines lectures and discussions on Asian legal themes in an informal setting, a workshop series providing a more formal setting for the presentation of research projects, and foreign language discussion groups on legal issues.
EALS is directed by William P. Alford, Henry L. Stimson Professor of Law and guided by a faculty advisory committee comprised of Professor Alford and Mark Ramseyer, Mitsubishi Professor of Japanese Legal Studies at Harvard Law School. EALS is funded by independent grants and charitable contributions.
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