21 June 2018

BOOK: Douglas CLARK, Justice by Gunboat : Warlords and Lawlords: The Making of Modern China and Japan (Hong Kong: Earnshaw Books, 2018). ISBN 9789888422746, € 23,06.


Earnshaw Books has published a book on 19th century gunboat diplomacy and extraterritoriality in China, Japan and Korea.


War, riots, rebellion, sedition, corruption, assassinations, murder, infidelity, and even a failed hanging were just some of the many challenges faced by the British and American courts that operated in China, Japan, and Korea for close to 100 years. Established in the mid-19th Century under treaties signed when foreign gunboats forced all three countries to open to the outside world, the foreign courts had the sole right to try their own nationals to the exclusion of local courts. This book unveils the history of this system of extraterritoriality. Based on original research through archives and hundreds of trial transcripts, Justice by Gunboat tells not only the story of the courts and how China and Japan reacted to them but also of the fascinating lives of the judges, lawyers and parties before the courts.


Douglas Clark is a lawyer currently practicing in Hong Kong. Originally from Australia, Doug studied Japanese at Nagata Senior High School in Kobe, Japan and Chinese and Chinese law at Fudan University in Shanghai. Armed with double degree in Asian Studies and Law from the Australian National University he commenced practice as a lawyer in Hong Kong in the mid-1990s. Doug is the author of the Gunboat Justice trilogy, Patent Litigation in China, and co-author of Civil Litigation in Hong Kong. He is also the associate producer of the art house movie, I Really Hate My Job.

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