Call for Panelists for 2017 ALSA Equality, Social Justice and Law: New Challenges of the Transforming Asia

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Call for Papers
May 16, 2017 to June 29, 2017
Subject Fields: 
Sociology, Law and Legal History, Human Rights, Government and Public Service, Childhood and Education


Call for Panelists for 2017 Asian Law and Society Association(ALSA) Conference, 

National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan,  December 15-16, 2017 (Deadline June 30, 2017)


Equality, Social Justice and Law: New Challenges of the Transforming Asia


Panel 1 Title: Interdisciplinary Studies of Law and the Aging Society

This century has witnessed inevitable challenges of aging society. According to the UN report “World Population Ageing 2013” the global share of elderly (aged 60 years and older) increased from 9.2 percent in 1990 to 11.7 percent in 2013 and will continue to grow reaching 21.1 percent (1.5 billion) by 2050. This globally trend of aging shall have been a cause for celebration, as it reflects our successes in dealing with disease and improvements in longevity. However, governments have been taking aging as a huge challenge/problem to tackle. Culturally, it has also been long criticized that this natural biological process is stigmatized, the elders have faced different extents of age discrimination, and they are stereotyped as weak, odd, disabled, not productive, and dependent. Health and social care system which need to better understand the health risks faced by the elders and to target appropriate prevention and intervention services are not ready. A comprehensive legal instrument on elderly rights is missing at the international level and domestic elder laws and related regulations request re-examination. 

In order to understand aging in a boarder context and to meet the challenges of this global phenomenon, this panel invites interdisciplinary research on ageing society from bio-technological, medical, psychological, educational, political, economics, sociological, legal, management and labor studies. At this age of aging, this panel intends to take interdisciplinary approach to explore and think again the challenges and opportunities envisaged by the aging society.


Panel 2 Title: Legal Construction of Childhood under Global and Local Laws

The social and legal construction of “childhood” has been a major topic for interdisciplinary studies for centuries.  The 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (the Convention) has on the other hand constructed a “global childhood” to be taken into national laws and measures. In view of the efforts of all countries to enforce the Convention against local conditions, it shall be worth researching into how the global concept of childhood has been (or will be) constructed or reconstructed in local laws and societies.

This panel invites interdisciplinary studies on childhood which make a joint mirror to reflect upon the Convention and see how childhood is locally constructed or reconstructed in terms of child rights.  Papers on jurisprudence, philosophy, linguistics, sociology, psychology, education, welfarism and criminology have given childhood various images to explore, understand and compare.  The main purpose of this panel will be to examine how law and social measures may depict a child as being “vulnerable”, “innocent”, “coddled”, “ignorant”, “dependent” or “developmental”. 


If interested, and for any questions about joining Panel 1 or 2, please email Dr Wei Ouyang at


The following information should be emailed by June 29, 2017:

1) your name, affiliation, and contact details.

2) Participants should submit the title of the paper and a 300 word summary, along with a short bio of the author that includes name, educational background and experience.

Contact Info: 

Dr Wei Ouyang, School of Law, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan

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