East Asian Law Collection One of Largest in U.S.

The East Asian Law Collection with a total of 4,698 titles and 12,447 volumes in East Asian vernacular is one of the largest in the United States. Located on the first floor of the Law Library, this collection, with its focus on scholarly matters as well as materials for the practicing attorney engaged in international transactions, also houses the third largest Chinese Law Collection in the country trailing only one other academic institution and the Library of Congress.

Started in the 1960s by the late Professor William C. Jones (1926-2005), one of the American pioneers in Chinese legal scholarship and a professor at Washington University School of Law, the Chinese Law Collection alone contains 3,581 titles and 6,528 volumes in Chinese. According to Wei Luo, director of Technical Services for the Law Library and the collection’s curator, this collection includes major contemporary legal publications from the People’s Republic of China as well as periodicals on Chinese law in both English and the vernaculars.

The East Asian Law Collection also includes collections encompassing Japanese and Korean legal titles. Wei Luo, who has a Chinese law degree as well as a J.D., states that the Japanese Law Collection began developing around 2000 when Professor John Haley, one of the most distinguished scholars in Japanese law and now professor emeritus, came to Washington University. Currently, there are 1,003 titles and 5,719 volumes in Japanese legal materials. By contrast, the Korean Law Collection is much smaller, consisting of 114 titles and 200 volumes in Korean.

In addition to these materials in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean languages, the library has also collected most of the English publications on CJK primary and secondary materials, consisting of around 820 titles and 2,467 volumes. All of the CJK materials are cataloged on OCLC and are searchable on Worldcat.org or the school’s OPAC (library cataloging system). To search and view the CJK titles in CJK vernaculars via our OPAC, please click on the "other catalogs" tab, then select "Viewing Chinese/Japanese/Korean and other Non-Roman scripts in the Catalog," and "Unicode display(recommended for viewing CJK, Arabic, and Hebrew records).

To learn more about the East Asian Law Collection, contact Wei Luo, lecturer in law and director of Technical Services, at (314) 935-8045, or by e-mail.