Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal

Articles from Vol. 17, No. 1, January

Common Ground in the Sky: Extending the 1967 Outer Space Treaty to Reconcile U.S. and Chinese Security Interests
Abstract. A storm is brewing 100 kilometers above the Pacific Rim. The early 21st century finds the People's Republic of China in the throes of astronomical economic growth, national development, and military expansion. The United States, meanwhile,...
Geographical Indications in China: Why Protect Gis with Both Trademark Law and Aoc-Type Legislation?
Abstract. Geographical indications identify the place of origin of a good and signify a distinctive quality, reputation, or other characteristic of the good that is essentially attributable to that geographic source. Besides serving as source-identifiers...
Litigating Labor Rights across a Demilitarized Zone: The South Korean Constitutional Court as a Forum to Address Labor Violations in North Korea's Kaesong Special Economic Zone
Abstract. South Korea heralds North Korea's Kaesong Special Economic Zone as a shining example of inter-Korean cooperation. South Korean corporations at Kaesong combine South Korean expertise with North Korean labor. However, Kaesong operations violate...
Money for Nothing, Your Crises for Free?: A Comparative Analysis of Consumer Credit Policies in Post-1997 South Korea and Thailand
Abstract. Both the South Korean and Thai governments encouraged consumer credit card usage to boost consumer spending and reinvigorate the national economy following the 1997-98 Asian financial crisis. Today, almost a decade following the crisis, the...
Reconciliation in the Wake of Tragedy: Cambodia's Extraordinary Chambers Undermines the Cambodian Constitution
Abstract: Between 1975 and 1979, the Khmer Rouge regime was responsible for approximately 1.7 million deaths caused by deportation, starvation, murder, and torture. In 2001, Cambodia established the Extraordinary Chambers, an internationalized domestic...
The Human Rights Costs of China's Arms Sales to Sudan-A Violation of International Law on Two Fronts
Abstract: As an emerging world power, China has a crucial need for oil to meet its growing fuel consumption. It has invested heavily in Sudan, a country with extensive and productive oil reserves. However, this partnership has an ugly side. Sudanese...
Tipping the Scale to Bring a Balanced Approach: Evidence Disclosure in Chinese International Arbitration
Abstract: Due to the ever-increasing trade between China and the rest of the world, commercial disputes have risen dramatically. Many foreign companies choose to resolve these disputes through arbitration to circumvent the Chinese courts and to retain...
Toward a Legislative Solution to the Growing Hiv/aids Epidemic in Russia: A Case for Expanded Health Privacy
Abstract. The Russian Federation faces one of the fastest growing rates of Human Immunodeficiency Virus ("HIV") infection in the world. In 1995, Russia adopted comprehensive legislation addressing HIV and the disease caused by this virus, Acquired Immune...
Vietnam's Decree on Microfinance: A Flawed Attempt to Create an Enabling Legal Environment for Microfinance
Abstract: Despite its increasing as a development tool microfinance still faces significant barriers in reaching the poorest of the poor. Microfinance programs often respond well to short-term needs but are not designed to handle the long-term struggles...
Women's Land Rights in Rural China: Transforming Existing Laws into a Source of Property Rights
Abstract: In the aftermath of legal reforms designed to secure land tenure for farmers, women in rural China lost rights to land at marriage, divorce, and widowhood. Despite a central legal framework that facially protects women's property interests,...