Second East Asian Law and Society Conference (Seoul, Korea, Sep 30-Oct 1, 2011)

Location: Korea, South
Call for Papers Date: 2011-03-15
Date Submitted: 2011-01-01
Announcement ID: 181751

Second East Asian Law and Society Conference Dates: 30 September  1
October 2011 Venue: Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea Conference
Theme: Dialects and Dialectics: East Asian Dialogues in Law and Society

Organizers: CRN East Asian Law and Society (Law and Society Association)
and the Korean Society for the Sociology of Law

The Collaborative Research Network East Asian Law and Society (CRN-EALS)
and the Korean Society for the Sociology of Law are delighted to announce
that the Second East Asian Law and Society Conference will be held on 30
September and 1 October 2011 in Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea.

Scholars, practitioners, researchers and PhD candidates are welcome to

The Conference Program Committee invites proposals for papers and panels
that relate to the conference theme (Dialects and Dialectics: East Asian
Dialogues in Law and Society) or fall within any of the following areas
with reference to law and society in East Asia.
1. Legal Education & Training
2. Legal & Quasi-legal Professions
3. Dispute Resolution & Civil Litigation
4. Lay Participation in Judicial Processes & Other Forms of Participatory
5. Gender in Law
6. Constitutionalism & Political Change
7. Economic Transformations & Corporate Governance
8. Multiculturalism & Nationhood / Citizenship & Migration
9. Any area or theme that is relevant to Law & Society in East Asia

Deadline for paper and panel proposals: 15 March 2011 (U.S. Pacific
Standard Time)
Notification of acceptance of proposals: By 15 May 2011 (U.S. Pacific
Standard Time)

For details about the Conference and the format of paper or panel
proposals, please visit the Conference website:

If you have any questions about the Conference, please contact the Korean
Society for the Sociology of Law by sending an email to:

Second East Asian Law and Society Conference Program Committee
Visit the website at

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Philippine Political Science Association 2011



*29-30 APRIL 2011*



*Call for Paper Presenters and Participants*

As the professional organization of political scientists in the
country, the Philippine Political Science Association (PPSA)
undertakes activities that are oriented towards furthering the
professional development of its members, promote the growth of the
discipline, and allow its members to engage other academics and even
policy and opinion makers in a discussion of critical issues in
various fora. One venue for professional updating, academic
interaction and dialogue among academics and practitioners is the
annual conference. From 1997, the annual PPSA conference has steadily
garnered the participation of local and foreign academics, especially
as the papers in the conferences have inquired into pressing issues
and contemporary political phenomena. The 2010 International
Conference promises to continue the trend of prior PPSA academic
gatherings, with around 150 academics, researchers and a few relevant
policy and opinion makers expected to attend the two-day event on
April 29-30, 2011, to be held at the University of St.La Salle with
the University of St. La Salle as local partner.


Democracy is arguably the most contested concept in political
science. Various meanings and definitions of democracy have so far
been offered, coming from different perspectives, hence producing
what are called adjectival democracies (e.g. elite democracy, frail
democracy, low intensity democracy) and labels to describe political
systems as “hybrid” (i.e., those with seemingly competitive elections
but with rules that prevent an escalation of opposition and allow
participation of select civil society organizations). Despite the
divergent definitions of the concept, however, there are far more
political systems that are classified as “democracies” at present
compared to the past. The recently released Human Development Report
notes that the number of “formal democracies” increased from fewer
than a third in the 1970s to three fifths by 2008.

The experiences and processes of democracy and democratization around
the world have likewise been wide-ranging and diverse over the past
two decades, in what has been referred to as the Third Wave. In the
region, the countries that have experienced a transition from
non-democratic systems include South Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia, and
the Philippines.

The Philippine experience has particularly been an interesting case.
As one of the first in Asia (?) to experience a political transition
in 1986, the post-EDSA 1 Philippine political experience has somehow
surfaced the complexities of democratization. While formal democratic
institutions were quickly re-established a year after the transition,
these institutions have faltered along the dimensions of
representativeness or even responsiveness, a couple of traditional
measures of democratic system performance. Other political
institutions remain feeble, from political parties to elections.
Positions of authority remain basically concentrated in the hands of
not even a couple of a hundred political families. And the system
remains periodically challenged by non-democratic elements, from
armed communist insurgents, separatist rebels, and worse, adventurous
factions of the establishment that has failed to heed the call to
simply go back to the barracks, the military.

The experiences of other countries in the region and the rest of the
world provide an even wider base for revisiting the contested concept
of democracy and the processes of democratization. By countries, we
do not refer to “late” democratizers alone but even to the so-called
more “mature democracies”, i.e., countries which have seen years of
governmental changes but whose fabled institutions have shown cracks
similar to those of “fledgling” democracies. Of these cracks, one has
drawn some degree of scholarly inquirythe quality of political
leaders. In the last two decades, the leaders that have been featured
prominently, either due to reforms instituted or merely because of
their persona, range from Italy’s Berlusconi, the United Kingdom’s
Blair, Japan’s Koizumi, Brazil’s Lula, Colombia’s Chavez, and
Thailand’s Thaksin.

In sum, the experiences of countries classified as democracies (and
even those that are hybrid but whose political systems are
“performing”) resurrect questions that have long been asked and which
the 2011 Philippine Political Science Association conference aims to
respond to. Some of these questions are– *What is democracy? What
qualifies a political system to be labeled as democratic? What
factors brought forth the transition to formal democracy among Third
Wave “democratizers”? What is the consequence or effect of the
transition pathway on the eventual successor political institutions?
Have the intended consequences of “engineered” institutions been
realized? What has been the role of civil society in furthering


Among the sub-themes that the conference panels could address are the

1. Choices and outcomes of institutional/constitutional design (e.g.
parliamentary versus presidential debate; concept of horizontal
accountability; devolution and the federalism proposal)
2. Civil society, social movements and democratization
3. Political leadership and democratic progress or reversal
4. Power shifts or power diffusion: democratization in world politics
5. Elections and political parties
6. New media and political change
7. Philippine culture and democracy
8. Civic (citizenship) education for democracy
9. Democratization and nation-building


Those interested in presenting papers or convening panels may contact
the following members of the Program Committee:

Ronald D. Holmes (
Maria Ela L. Atienza (
Ruth Lusterio-Rico (

Paper abstracts should consist of a maximum of 500 words and must
include research question(s) and research method(s). Panel proposals
should also contain a panel description of not more than 500 words,
aside from the individual abstracts of the papers included in the
panel. Proposals will be peer reviewed.

Deadline for Panel and Paper Proposals with abstract: *February 28, 2011*

Deadline for Paper Submissions: *March 31, 2011*


Scholars, activists and other public intellectuals from the
Philippines, Asia, and elsewhere are encouraged to participate in the


All participants including paper presenters and role players are
required to pay the conference fee of *PhP 3,500 *. An early bird
rate of *PhP 3,000 *is available for all those who will register on
or before March 31, 2011.

Graduate students can avail of the discounted rate of *PhP 2,000
*upon presentation of proof enrolment and school identification.


For inquiries, please contact:

Ruth Lusterio-Rico
Department of Political Science, UP Diliman, Quezon City
Telephone: (632) 920-7246; 434-6711
Telefax: (632) 920-7246

M and M: Marcos and Mubarak and the Manila-Cairo Parallels


By: Brian C. Ventura


New York Time columnist Paul Krugman floated the idea of Manila Parallel to start a discussion that would compare what is happening in Cairo today with the fall of Marcos regime back in 1986. The similarities in the two cases are interesting.

Mubarak stayed in power for too long,  and just like the case of Marcos, his former supporters and the public became so tired of his staying in power.  Apparently, in both cases, it shows that a the public maybe able to support a strongman but the strongman really cannot learn to tell how long is enough.

The military, instrumental in toppling Marcos by withdrawing their support, is also a major player in “easing out” Mubarak from power. Both in the streets of Cairo today, and in Manila in 1986, the military appears to be in a precarious situation, doubting whether is will stick to the chain of command in the very moment when that very chain of command is starting to become a very brittle chain. Interesting too is stand of both militaries that they will never shoot the public and that they will only help maintain order.

The role of the US is another striking parallel. In EDSA I in 1986 as in Cairo today, an important ally that is totally out of the bounds of the democratic leadership that Washington claims to promote is in big trouble. The public seems to know what democracy they wan much much more than what Washington can claim to lecture to them. For Marcos then as for Mubarak today, the puzzle is the same, how will Washington project an image of global leadership without appearing like it is suddenly dropping an ally because of change in climate of public opinion, a change in climate that Washington was not able to predict, much less like to happen.

But will the events in Cairo lead to the same ending as the events in EDSA in 1986? Will it also lead to a Constitutional Convention that will try to create a new institution to cement the gains to the popular victory, only to be penetrated again by the same booted out elite after a decade or so?

Maybe there are other stringing similarities? Is there something that EDSA I can teach Egypt?


Call for Papers “Panel Proposal for PPSA 2011 “Philippine Democracy, International Relations and Foreign Policy”

Call For Papers Under Philippine Democracy, International Relations and Foreign Policy Panel

General Conference Theme:

DEMOCRACY CONTESTED: PROGRESS, REVERSAL, DEFECTS, AND PROSPECTS” The 2011 International Conference of the Philippine Political Science Association (PPSA), 29-30, April 2011, University of St. La Salle, Bacolod City, Philippines (click this link for general conference details)

Panel Proposal:

Philippine Democracy, International Relations and Foreign Policy

If we are to employ the levels of analysis as a tool for examining Philippine democracy, it is inevitable that the issue of how changes in the domestic level and the international environment relate with each other. How, for example, does the changes in the international environment impinge upon the pace of the Philippine’s democratic development? Or how does the changes in the structure and process of the country’s democracy affect its relations with other states and non-state actors across borders?

The panel is interested in examining the dynamics of the conference’s theme, “Democracy: Progress, Reversal, Defects, and Prospects” by focusing on the country’s international relations and foreign policy. Of particular interest for the panel are paper proposals dealing with how changes, questions or problems in the country’s democracy relate with the actors and structures of its international relations and foreign policy.

Paper proposals focusing on, but not limited to, the topics below are highly encouraged;

1. democracy and the Philippines’s relations with China, US and other countries, and with international organizations such as the ASEAN and UN

2.  how democratic changes or problems give rise to new actors or new role for old actors in Philippine international relations and foreign policy

3. democracy and decision making in Philippine foreign policy

4. public opinion and non-state actors in Philippine international relations and foreign policy

Submission Guides

Paper abstracts should consist of a maximum of 500 words and must 
include research question(s) and research method(s). Proposals will be peer reviewed.  Deadline for Paper Proposals with abstract: February 25, 2011. The general conference deadline for paper and panel proposals is February 28, 2011, but proposals for this panel have to be submitted earlier to to give time for preparing the panel proposal submission.

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