This spring came with bitter pain. Many thousands of innocent people died in
northeastern Japan due to the dreadful tsunami and earthquakes. The radioactive
fallout from the nuclear plants in Hukushima spread dreadful fear throughout the
region. These multiple disasters have given us pause to seriously reconsider the
response by international governance to manage natural or manmade catastrophes of
such a horrific scale. They have also committed international lawyers of the 21
to develop better ways to cope with some of the most pressing questions of our time
such as global warming, natural/manmade disasters, incessant nuclear proliferation,
environmental damage, ecological disproportion, religious conflict, among others. In
order to carry out this mission, international law should be fully dedicated to the
principles of solidarityand tolerancethat lead to positive peacemakingbeyond
just loose cooperation. These concepts will be of fundamental in East Asia and
international law in the coming years.
The JEAILs Volume 4, Number 1 contains many articles of critical importance. The
current issue focuses on world climate change, which is one of the highly topical
questions in the contemporary world. Dr. Xiaoyi Jiang discusses the application and
development of the Clean Development Mechanism in China with her colleague.
Professor Osamu Yoshida has precisely analyzed the Kyoto Protocols compliance
system. His paper mainly touches on the procedural aspects of the international climate
change regime. Considering that the author is a Japanese lawyer, his examination of the
Kyoto system will be highly valuable to others in the field. Professor Yiyuan Sus paper
offers a broad and deep perspective of international climate change from a Taiwanese
standpoint. He criticizes that Taiwans limited statehood will prevent the world from
establishing the consistent and comprehensive action needed to curb climate change.
This issue also tackles the breath-taking expansion of the Pan-China economic
sphere from an international legal perspective. Professor Liang Zhang addresses the
regional trade agreement between Chinas four customs territories. His paper is quite
significant and controversial not only because it is one of just a few English legal papers
written by a Chinese lawyer on that issue, but also because his intuition of Chinas
economic sphere is quite Sino-oriented, even including Taiwan as a customs territory of
In Regional Focus & Controversies, two authors from mainland China and Taiwan
offer differing positions over the historical and recently concluded cross-Strait ECFA.