A Candid Free Seminar on the U.S. and Asia Jury Systems Will Be Held at UH Law School Friday Morning

July 19, 2013

Professor of Law and Director of Culture and Jury ProjectIs there bias in juries in the United States? In recent days that question has been underscored – especially in the wake of the Trayvon Martin case in Florida, and even in the context of the ongoing Deedy trial in Hawai‘i. Tomorrow the question of bias in juries – especially in relation to juries in East Asia – will be part of a morning mini-seminar at the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawai‘i.

The program, entitled “Jury Systems in East Asia and the U.S.” brings together top legal scholars from Hawai‘i, Japan, and Korea to discuss and debate the role and desirability of jury systems.The program is hosted by the Culture and Jury Project at the Richardson Law School, in collaboration with Seoul National University Law School.

Richardson Law Dean Avi Soifer called the seminar an important example of how the Law School collaborates with other legal institutions to create greater understanding. Soifer said, “Whatever one thinks about a particular jury decision, the jury system is fascinating. There is much to be learned as other legal systems have implemented variations on the important ways that juries function in the United States.” He added, “We anticipate a lively discussion with our colleagues from Korea and Japan, joined by other experts from our legal community.”

The program, in Room 254, begins with an 8:30 a.m. welcome by Dean Soifer, and breakfast, followed by two sessions:

  • Session One, 9-10:20 a.m. Chair Justin Levinson, Richardson Law Professor:

  Part 1. Participant: Jae-Hyup Lee, Seoul National University, Korea speaking about the Korean Jury System and Reflections from the   5-Year Implementation. Discussion by Patrick Border, Judge, First Circuit of Hawai‘i, and Richardson Associate Law Professor Tae-Ung Baik.

  Part 2. Participant: Syugo Hotta, Meiji University, Japan: Japanese Saiban-In. Discussion by David Johnson, UH Department of Sociology and Hirofumi Ito, Aichi Law School, Japan.

  • Session Two, 10-30 a.m.-12 noon Chair Jisuk Woo, Seoul National University, Korea:

  Part 3. Participant: Justin Levinson, Empirical Examinations of Bias in U.S. Juries. Discussion by Mark Davis, Davis Levin Livingston, Honolulu.

  Part 4. Roundtable Discussion with Tsun-Chen Kang, Judge, Chiai District Court, Taiwan; and Do Kyun Kim, Seoul National University.

Lunch will be served from 12 noon-1:15 p.m.