Conference : Socio-legal norms in preventing and managing disasters in Japan and the Asia-Pacific

1 March 2012 to 2 March 2012

Co-presented by the China Studies Centre. This conference compares the preparedness for large-scale disasters and subsequent responses in Japan, focusing on the '3-11' events: the earthquake and tsunami that devastated north-east Japan on 11 March 2011 and the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant radiation leaks. We will explore whether and how socio-legal norms may have differed significantly within Japan regarding the former, primarily a natural disaster; compared to the latter, a 'man-made' or artificial disaster.


The conference will focus on the legal or regulatory environment, but in broad social, economic and political context. It will bring together experts in relevant fields of domestic and international law as well as specialists in social history and literature, media studies and political economy. One working hypothesis is that cultural and social norms were more effective in helping both to prevent and manage responses to Japan's natural disaster, compared to the artificial disaster where political and economic factors played more significant roles. The project considers whether this phenomenon can be found in earlier periods and especially in other Asia-Pacific countries, particularly in China, Indonesia and New Zealand (susceptible to earthquakes and tsunamis), and the USA (the only other Asia-Pacific country to have experienced a serious nuclear emergency).



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Early bird: $110 inc GST (until February 10, 2012) Full fee: $220 inc GST (after February 10, 2012) Sydney Law School Alumni: $176 inc GST Full time Academic, Government/NGO, ANJeL member, Australia-Japan Society of NSW member: $110 inc GST Full time student, University of Sydney Staff, Member of the China Studies Centre, University of Tohoku Law Faculty Staff: Free (ID required) The final session of the conference on March 2 (4.30pm) will be free to the public.

Time: 9:30am-5:00pm

Location: Sydney Law School, Building F10, Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney

Cost: see registration details

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