Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal

Articles from Vol. 17, No. 3, June

Access to Justice for the Poor: The Singapore Judiciary at Work
Abstract: This Article examines the concrete efforts and programs of the Singapore judiciary to maintain and enhance access to justice for the poor. This examination is undertaken via overlapping economic, procedural, and institutional approaches. The...
As a Negative Right, Article 25 Can Have a Positive Effect Combating Japan's Poverty
Abstract: Article 25 of the Showa Constitution guarantees everyone in Japan a minimum standard of "wholesome and cultured living." Contrary to the force originally envisioned by the Constitution's framers, the Supreme Court of Japan has interpreted the...
Japan and the Moneylenders-Activist Courts and Substantive Justice
Abstract: Problems with sub-prime loans roiled financial markets worldwide in 2007 and brought renewed attention to predatory lending practices by loan brokers in the United States. Questionable lending practices, however, plague consumer financial markets...
Korean Divorce Law on Claims for Property Division: Dividing Retirement Allowance in Divorce
Faye Y. Park[dagger]Abstract. As South Koreans divorce closer to the retirement age, the issue of whether retirement allowance should be divided upon divorce has become more prevalent. The applicable law in the division of the retirement allowance in...
"Pollute First, Control Later" No More: Combating Environmental Degradation in China through an Approach Based in Public Interest Litigation and Public Participation
Abstract: As China continues to face severe environmental degradation as a side effect of torrid economic growth and rise in population, the Chinese government has promulgated numerous environmental laws over the past few decades to address this critical...
Protecting Egg Donors and Human Embryos-The Failure of the South Korean Bioethics and Biosafety Act
Abstract: Human embryonic stem cells have the potential to treat many physical and neurological disorders due to their unique ability to transform into any type of human cell. The process of deriving stem cells from human embryos, however, raises important...
The End of the Viarsa Saga and the Legality of Australia's Vessel Forfeiture Penalty for Illegal Fishing in Its Exclusive Economic Zone
Abstract: The world's fish stocks are suffering from over-utilization. The earth's oceans are subject to exploitation by all nation states and very little preservation. Because of the nature of the international legal regime of the Law of the Sea, enforcement...
The Need for Effective Licensure Laws for Mid-Level Health Care Providers in Countries Facing Chronic Physician Shortages: A Case Study of the Marshall Islands' Health Assistants
Abstract: Facing a global physician shortage and high international emigration rates, developing countries are increasingly looking to mid-level health care providers to provide critical primary health care services. Mid-level providers have more training...

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