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Just came across this article [link no longer exists] discussing a ranking of various Asian countries’ judicial system, conducted by Political and Economic Risk Consultancy (PERC):

1,537 corporate executives working in Asia rated the judicial systems in the countries where they reside, using such variables as the protection of intellectual property rights (IPR) and corruption.

Transparency, enforcement of laws, freedom from political interference and the experience and educational standards of lawyers and judges were also considered.

“Year after year our perception surveys show a close correlation between how expatriates rate judicial systems and how they rate the openness of a particular economy,” PERC said.

“Better judicial systems are associated with better IPR protection, lower corruption and wealthier economies.”

The ratings are on a scale of zero to ten, with zero being the best:

1. Hong Kong, 1.45
2. Singapore, 1.92
3. Japan, 3.50
4. South Korea, 4.62
5. Taiwan, 4.93
6. Philippines, 6.10
7. Malaysia, 6.47,
8. India, 6.50
9. Thailand, 7.00
10. China, 7.25.
11. Vietnam, 8.10
12. Indonesia, 8.26

My law firm’s international dispute resolution attorneys have had some involvement with the judicial system in all of these countries, with the exception of and these rankings strike us as pretty accurate. If I were to rank the systems by tiers, I would put Hong Kong and Singapore in the first tier, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan in the second tier, and the rest in the third tier.

What are you seeing out there?

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Dan is a founder of Harris Bricken, an international law firm with lawyers in Los Angeles, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, China and Spain.

He primarily represents companies doing business in emerging market countries, having spent years building and maintaining a global, professional network. 

Dan is a founder of Harris Bricken, an international law firm with lawyers in Los Angeles, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, China and Spain.

He primarily represents companies doing business in emerging market countries, having spent years building and maintaining a global, professional network.  His work has been as varied as securing the release of two improperly held helicopters in Papua New Guinea, setting up a legal framework to move slag from Canada to Poland’s interior, overseeing hundreds of litigation and arbitration matters in Korea, helping someone avoid terrorism charges in Japan, and seizing fish product in China to collect on a debt.

He was named as one of only three Washington State Amazing Lawyers in International Law, is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory (its highest rating), is rated 10.0 by AVVO.com (also its highest rating), and is a recognized SuperLawyer.

Dan is a frequent writer and public speaker on doing business in Asia and constantly travels between the United States and Asia. He most commonly speaks on China law issues and is the lead writer of the award winning China Law Blog. Forbes Magazine, Fortune Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Investors Business Daily, Business Week, The National Law Journal, The Washington Post, The ABA Journal, The Economist, Newsweek, NPR, The New York Times and Inside Counsel have all interviewed Dan regarding various aspects of his international law practice.

Dan is licensed in Washington, Illinois, and Alaska.

In tandem with the international law team at his firm, Dan focuses on setting up/registering companies overseas (via WFOEs, Rep Offices or Joint Ventures), drafting international contracts (NDAs, OEM Agreements, licensing, distribution, etc.), protecting IP (trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights and patents), and overseeing M&A transactions.