The East Asian Legal Studies Program (EALSP) provides students with an opportunity for advanced independent research and extracurricular programs, including conferences, informal seminars, speakers, and visiting scholars from East Asia. Established by Dr. and Professor Hungdah Chiu, an international law scholar and expert on Chinese law in 1977, EALSP is dedicated to providing a forum for members of the legal community to present their findings and views relating to East Asian issues. It publishes quarterly and possesses a large Chinese law books collection (both on China and Taiwan), which was transferred to the school's law library in 2004 to make it available on a national database. Currently the program is directed by Dr. Michael Van Alstine, a Professor of International law, and assisted by Associate Director, Ms. Chih-Yu T. Wu.
Since 1977, the program has published almost 230 titles related to contemporary East Asian Studies. Among them Maryland Series in Contemporary Asian Studies has published over 218 issues, many of which have been adopted as required reading in college courses. The EALSP has also published 12 titles in the Maryland Studies in East Asian Law and Politics Series and 22 volumes of Chinese (Taiwan) Yearbook of International Law and Affairs.
EALSP has continued to successfully keep its readers informed of current legal, political, social, and economic events relating to East Asia. The program encourages law school students and faculty, as well as scholars and practitioners in the legal community, to continue to submit articles relating to East Asia.