ANJeL offers a number of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Japanese law at its network of universities.

ANJeL assists in the “Kyoto and Tokyo Seminars” in Japanese Law sponsored by Ritsumeikan University. ANJeL sponsors a team of Australian students to compete at the Japan Intercollegiate Arbitration/Negotiation Competition.

Tokyo INC Negotiation and Arbitration Moot Competition

Since 2005 ANJeL has facilitated and supported a combined “Team Australia” group of law students to compete very successfully, in English and often also in Japanese-language rounds, in a moot competition held in Tokyo late November developing and testing skills in cross-border commercial negotiation and arbitration. Course credit at Australian home universities (notably at ANU and USydney) may be available for some students selected for the Team. 

For more information see: https://www.teamaustralia-inc.net/

Programs and Courses

ANJeL teaches intensive courses in Japan with Ritsumeikan University — the Kyoto and Tokyo Seminars in Japanese Law. These courses are available for credit through the various ANJeL institutions in Australia. Along with the Kyoto and Tokyo Seminars, ANJeL teaches an intensive course in Australia for Japanese students, the Canberra Seminar in Australian Law. This course is available for credit from various ANJeL partner institutions in Japan.

For more information on course content, registration procedures and tuition fees, please see the official website at www.ritsumei.ac.jp/japanese-law/kyoto-seminar or ページが見つかりませんでした|立命館大学 (ritsumei.ac.jp)  and https://programsandcourses.anu.edu.au/course/LAWS8171. For details on obtaining institutional credit, contact your home university or ANJeLinfo@gmail.com.

An article in Zeitschrift für Japanisches Recht (Journal of Japanese Law) by JSPS fellow Giorgio Fabio Colombo provides an overview of the Kyoto/Tokyo Seminars.

These events are held annually and ANJeL welcomes expressions of interest for participation in future years.

ANJeL "Japanese Law in Context" Podcast Interview Series

ANJeL has collaborated with the Japanese Studies Association of Australia (JSAA), thanks to Mini-Grant funding from the Japan Foundation Sydney awarded in November 2020, to complete 20 podcasts introducing Japanese Law in comparative and socio-economic contexts. The interviews also include segments on the current or likely impact of the COVID-19 pandemic across the diverse sub-fields of Japanese law and society, listed here with thanks to the expert interviewees and others. The podcast "playlist" can be found here on Youtube.

Canberra Seminar on Australian Law

The Canberra Seminar in Australian Law is a two-week program that introduces students to the basics of Australian law. Currently there are two universities — Aoyama Gakuin University and Ritsumeikan University — participating in this program on a regular basis. The interest in the program has grown over the years, from just 20 students in 2007 to 50 students (with the participation of Osaka University) in 2012.

During the first week students attend intensive Legal English Language classes. In the second week, students are introduced to different areas of Australian law such as public law, criminal law, contracts, torts and Australian indigenous law by ANU law lecturers. Over the two-week period, students also have the opportunity to visit Australia’s iconic sites around Canberra including the Federal Parliament, the High Court of Australia, the Australian War Memorial, and Gold Creek Sheep Station. During their stay, students are hosted by families in Canberra, and learn to use the local buses to get around. They also have a great time enjoying the shopping delights of the Canberra Centre.

Courses on Japanese Law available at the Australian National University and the University of Sydney

The ANJeL directors offer a number of courses on Japanese law at their respective institutions.

For example, the University of Sydney offers an elective for upper-year LLB or JD law students, and one or two Japanese Law units at postgraduate level. These courses are now taught for USyd credit in Japan in the first half of February as the Kyoto and Tokyo Seminars. ANJeL Advisor Mr Akira Kawamura kindly provides a $750 course prize for the best-performing student in Japanese Law, as well as a $750 scholarship for a student enrolled through USyd who demonstrates financial hardship.