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Law and Democracy in East Asia
Last Updated Date:   3 June 2022


5 Credits,  Semester 2

Course Description:
This module explores diverse development patterns of the rule of law and democracy in East Asia, particularly South Korea and Taiwan. Theories of democracy commonly hold that the acceptance of rule of law in non-democratic countries would lead to democratization, especially along with increasing economic prosperity. This linear thesis, however, have met challenges recently in light of recent global democratic recession and the rise of populism and authoritarianism in many parts of the world. As such, this module scrutinizes this linear thesis by examining the trajectories of legal development in East Asia and the determinants, such as international factors, civil law traditions, legal professionals, foreign law influence, colonial legacies and post-colonial nationalism.

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Course Convenor: A/P Chen Weitseng

Co-teacher(s): NA

Module Codes: LL4437V / LL5437V / LL6437V / LLJ5437V

Contact Hours: 3-hr weekly seminar

Workload: 3 hours

Mode of Assessment: Class Participation - 20% & Essay - 80% [Due: Mon, 10 April 2023 (9am)]

Preclusions: LL4437/LL5437/LL6437 Law and Democracy in East Asia

Prerequisites: NUS Compulsory Core Law Curriculum or equivalent.

Examination Date: Different Mode of Examination

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