Congratulations to Professor Frank He, whose co-authored book, Embedded Courts: Judicial Decision-Making in China (Cambridge University Press 2017) (with Kwai Hang Ng of University of California, San Diego) was awarded the 2018 Distinguished Book Award of the Asian Law & Society Association (ALSA). The award will be presented at an award ceremony to be held during the ALSA Conference on 1 December 2018 at Bond University.
Embedded Courts "offers a penetrating discussion of the operation of Chinese courts... [and] explains how Chinese judges rule and how the law is not the only script they follow - political, administrative, social and economic factors all influence verdicts" (CUP website).
ALSA was established in 2015 with the aims of fostering scholarship and engaging the broader research community. It succeeds the East Asian Law and Society Collaborative Research Network (CRN 33) of the Law & Society Association as the regional body. Its executive office is housed at Waseda University, Japan. ALSA aims to develop the Asian law and society field into a vibrant and cohesive discipline. Its annual meeting provides a timely platform to define the field, advance theory, and cultivate empirical work and new scholarship.
This year the selection committee consisted of Setsuo Miyazawa (Chair and Immediate Past President of ALSA), Nick Cheesman (Australian National University), Matthew Erie (University of Oxford), Eric Feldman (University of Pennsylvania) and Dimitri Vanoverbele (Catholic University of Leuven). The awards will be presented at the ALSA 2018 Conference, from 29 November to 1 December 2018, at Bond University in Australia.