ANJeL organises a number of research events to stimulate intellectual and public debate on issues of Japanese law. These events range from international conferences, continuing legal education seminars to informal discussion workshops.
ANJeL Events Since 2002
ANJeL is helping promote an online event on 29 July 2022 organised by CrimeInfo in Japan titled “Japanese Prisons Through Photography: Conversation with former Ministry of Justice Staff” held via Zoom, available here. The event will focus on six photographs of penal institutions in Japan, taken by university photography students in Japan where former MoJ staff guest speakers will discuss Japanese prisons through these photographs.
On 21 June 2022, ANJeL director Prof Luke Nottage and ANJeL program convenor Prof Makoto Ibusuki moderated a second webinar for their IACL conference volume project comparing online legal education globally, building on a February webinar including presentations on Japan by Prof Ken’ichi Yoneda and on other Asia-Pacific jurisdictions (including by Dr Nobumichi Teramura). For further project information including links to both webinar recordings plus the draft chapter on Japan and General Report, see here.
Asia-Pacific Online Legal Education Before and After the COVID-19 Pandemic: ANJeL co-hosted an online educational conference on 1 February that discussed how online (university or other) legal education interacts with each jurisdiction’s legal profession, university system, and ICT infrastructure, as well as how online legal education has developed both before and after the COVID-19 pandemic, across several Asia-Pacific jurisdictions: Australia, Japan, Canada, Brunei/Malaysia/Singapore, Macau and Hong Kong. The webinar drew on draft National Reports for an International Academy of Comparative Law conference hosted over 23-28 October 2022 in Asuncion (Paraguay), comparing over 20 jurisdictions worldwide, for a volume to be published by Intersentia co-edited by Professors Luke Nottage and Makoto Ibusuki. For more information click here.
Beijing Winter Olympics 2022: Sports, Law, and Policies: ANJeL supported an online session in early February 2022 regarding the special implications of the XXIV Olympic Winter Games (4-20 February) and the XIII Paralympic Winter Games (4-13 March 2022) on the future development of sports-related law and policies in the world. Professor Keiji Kawai, a professor of Sport Law at Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan was among the distinguished speakers who explored a number of critical issues. The recording of the online session can be found here.
A webinar (co-hosted with CAPLUS and SCIL) was held via Zoom on current and potential repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic on Asia-Pacific international arbitration and dispute settlement: Beyond the Pandemic: New Frontiers in Asia-Pacific International Dispute Resolution. A panel of experts briefly discussed each of these issues in roundtable format, drawing mainly on their co-edited book in press with Kluwer, “New Frontiers in Asia-Pacific International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution“, with a podcast recording available via https://www.sydney.edu.au/law/news-and-events/podcasts.html. Arising from presentations and delegations, postings on compulsory investor-state mediation provisions in recent treaties were published on 5 September by Claxton/Nottage/Ubilava on the widely-read Kluwer Arbitration Blog and by Ubilava on Kluwer Mediation Blog.
ANJeL Research Seminar: Comparative AI + Neuro – Law: an informal lunch-time seminar planned for 11 March 2020 at the University of Sydney with a research project delegation led by Ritsumeikan was deferred due to the pandemic but may be rescheduled via Zoom seminar in future.
November – December
ALSA 2018 Conference: ANJeL co-hosted its largest conference in its history with the Asian Law and Society Association (ALSA) Conference (“Law in the Asian Century”) at the Gold Coast from 29 November to 1 December. Spanning three days, the first was an Early Career Workshop for 12 PhD students and early career researchers from Australia, the US and across Asia (organized by Jonathan Liljeblad of Swinburne University of Technology and Hitoshi Ushijima of Chuo University). The next two days were the main conference with two plenary sessions (the opening and closing ceremonies) and 43 concurrent panels.
170 registered speakers and about 180 attendees participated. There were four keynote speakers: President Ik-Hyeon Rhee of the Korea Legislative Research Institute and Dean Pip Nicholson of the Melbourne Law School opened the conference; Professor Dan Foote of the University of Tokyo provided the ALSA dinner keynote, and A/Professor Lynette Chua of the National University of Singapore closed the event.
Delegates came across Australia, Asia, Europe and the US. Over 20 countries and territories were represented among the speakers: Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, China, the Czech Republic, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Macau, the Philippines, Poland, Singapore, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, the United States, Vanuatu and Vietnam.
Of the 38 Australian law schools, Australian speakers represented 16 different institutions: ANU, Australian Catholic University, Bond, Deakin, Griffith, Macquarie, Melbourne, Monash, QUT, Southern Cross University, Swinburne, Sydney, UNSW, University of Queensland, University of the Sunshine Coast and Wollongong.
In addition to ANJeL, Bond University (which provided the venue and event management services), QUT, ALSA and Cambridge University Press sponsored ALSA2018.
ASAA 2018 Conference: The biennial Asian Studies Association of Australia conference was held over 3-5 July at the University of Sydney, organised by the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre, the China Studies Centre and the School of Languages and Culture.
Private and Public Law Reform in Japan: Directions and Comparisons was held on 25 March. The topics of the lunch seminar were held at the Sydney Law School:
The 2017 Reform of the Law of Obligations in Japan: Impetus, Rulemaking Process and Outcome;
Decentralization reform in Japan. Ambitions to create real Local-Self Governments and the framework of the constitution.
Japan-Australia Energy Dialogue: A conference focusing on energy law and policy in Japan and Australia was held on 22-23 March. The theme of this event centres on redesigning energy policy and regulation to promote innovation and achieve deep decarbonisation in Australia and Japan. This stems from need to review and reform national level law and policy to meet the Paris Agreement’s target of zero net emissions by 2050.
Collective self-defence symposium: Together with the UNSW Faculty of Law and the Gilbert & Tobin Centre of Public Law, ANJeL co-hosted a symposium on collective self-defence and the Article 9 "peace clause" of Japan's post-War Constitution, on Friday 12 August 2016. Speakers included Profs Yasuo Hasebe (Waseda), Hajime Yamamoto (Keio), Craig Martin (Washburn), A/Prof Hitoshi Nasu (ANU) and Prof Ros Dixon (UNSW, convenor).
Bond University Conference: ANJeL co-sponsored a conference at Bond University entitled “Global Order and Disorder: Governance and Regulation in the 21st Century”. The host organisation was the Transnational, International and Comparative Law and Policy Network (TICLP) and the conference was held over 7-8 August 2015. See https://ticlpnetwork.wordpress.com and https://www.facebook.com/TICLPNetwork for more details.
22-23 July 2002: ANU, USydney and UNSW jointly hosted an international colloquium on “Into the Grove of Japanese Law: Perspectives and Paradigms”, UNSW, Sydney, New South Wales. Speakers came from Australia, Japan and North America.