Organized Panel Session
Inter-Asian legal connections are undergoing a radical reconfiguration. Transnational corporate lawyers and the global law firms for which they work are undertaking new modes of documenting and disputing legal relationships. As a consequence, commercial relationships across the region have undergone dramatic changes over the last three decades. Essentially, the map of Inter-Asian Legalities is being quietly redrawn. Within this new legal ecology transnational corporate lawyers act as intermediaries. They facilitate commercial relationships between businesses and other actors, such as governments, across Asia and beyond.
Three global cities – Dubai, Jakarta and Singapore – are important nodes of commercial and legal connection. Transnational corporate lawyers act the administrators of globalization as they mediate between intricate business and government relationships across Asia and their activities provide the glue for commercial networks that connect Asia to the rest of the world. By theorizing Inter-Asian Legalities, I seek to interrogate the ways that Asian cultures, histories, and politics are impacting upon definitions of ‘law’ and are arguably reshaping what it means to be a contemporary ‘lawyer’.
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