The Columbia Journal of Asian Law (CJAL) commenced publication in 1987 as the Columbia Journal of Chinese Law (中國法研究學刊) under the auspices of the Columbia University School of Law and the Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law. At that time, the Journal provided a forum for legal practitioners and scholars from the People’s Republic of China, the United States, and elsewhere to discuss a broad range of issues relating to law in the PRC.

As Asia became increasingly integrated and legal issues increasingly cross-border in their impact, the Journal made the decision in 1996 to expand its geographical coverage to South, Southeast, and Northeast Asia.  CJAL also includes a diverse array of legal subjects in areas of both public and private law and now has multiple decades of cutting edge articles on the latest legal developments in countries across Asia.

CJAL is a bi-annual, graduate-student run publication welcoming historical, comparative, and multi-disciplinary manuscripts covering legal issues in Asia as well as papers or notes examining the impact of rapidly changing legal regimes on specific areas of practice.

Copyright Policy:

Authors who publish in the Columbia Journal of Asian Law maintain the copyright to their work.

Access Policy:

Articles published in CJAL are available on Westlaw, LexisNexis and HeinOnline. Articles may not be available in these databases until up to a year after publication. Please contact the Journal (jrnasian@law.columbia.edu) to open or renew institutional and personal subscriptions.

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