Founding director Charles Irish was the driving force behind the East Asian Legal Studies Center's creation. He began developing a proposal to create the center in early 1989.
By April 1990 the Law School approved the establishment of the East Asian Legal Studies Center (EALSC) for a trial period of four years beginning in 1990. The EALSC was founded to provide research facilities and increased opportunities for research and graduate studies on East Asia law and on international and comparative legal issues involving East Asia and North America.
During its history, the EALSC formalized and expanded many of the Law School's relationships with universities, government ministries, and the private sector. It also established new extensive partnerships with academic institutions in East Asia and initiated or co-sponsored a variety of conferences, outreach programs, and events.
Learn more about the EALSC's history by exploring the links below on the UW Law School Digital Repository of Archived webpages: