Japan's Legal Technical Assistance: A Different Modernization Narrative?

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    Scholarship examining the legal transplantation phenomenon suggests we are witnessing a continuum of five distinct periods of foreign aid or donor-propelled legal reform worldwide, namely: a pre-history of colonial legal development (to the 1960s); the inaugural moment of US legal development cooperation (1965-1974); the critical moment (1974-1989); the revivalist moment (1989-1998); and the “post” moment (1998 to the present) (Newton 2006). Similarly, but employing a slightly different taxonomy, one of the American protagonists in the “inaugural moment” has declared this present period to be a “third moment” of Law and Development (Trubek 2006). I would argue that both views are too narrow and fail to capture the complexity and breadth of 21st century donor-driven legal reform.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationLegitimacy, Legal Development and Change: Law and Modernization Reconsidered
    Editors David K. Linnan
    Place of PublicationSurrey, England
    PublisherAshgate Publishing Ltd
    Pages235 - 249
    ISBN (Print)9780754677284
    Publication statusPublished - 2012


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