International Law, Regional Developments: East Asia
- Ancient Times to 1648 — Since World War II — Colonization / Decolonization
Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.
1 There is apparently no single correct definition of ‘East Asia’. It is generally considered to be composed at least of today’s China, North and South Korea, and Japan and the present entry follows this general understanding. However, it refers, when necessary, also to Vietnam, which historians tend to include in East Asia for its tight relationship with successive Chinese dynasties, as well as to Mongolia, which played too important a role to be entirely ignored when one considers the history of the law applied in inter-State relations in the region surrounding...