ANJeL is a network of over 350 scholars, practitioners, policy-makers, senior students and others interested in Japanese law from Australia, Japan, and the rest of the world. ANJeL welcomes applications for membership.
Three co-directors share responsibility for the research, teaching and other activities of ANJeL: Luke Nottage (USyd), Heather Roberts (ANU) and Leon Wolff (QUT).
ANJeL consults with its Advisory Board:
ANJeL welcomes jurists and scholars from Australia, Japan and the rest of the world to join ANJeL. The primary benefit of joining ANJeL is that you will be kept informed of events and opportunities organised by ANJeL, including conferences, continuing legal education seminars, specialist courses, research visitorships and student support activities. More importantly, as a ‘network’ of scholars, ANJeL invites you to approach us about potential collaborations, whether in teaching, research or community engagement. For example:
ANJeL welcomes applications for membership, associateship, affiliation or project partnership with ANJeL:
To join, simply send us an email with the following information:
ANJeL has received overwhelming support from scholars, practitioners and law firms in Australia, Japan and around the world. Please read about some of our visiting professionals and visiting academics.
The directors thank all supporters for their warm and enthusiastic support of ANJeL.
ANJeL affiliates make the most significant and regular contributions to ANJeL’s objectives.
The Asian Law Centre (ALC) of the University of Melbourne — the oldest centre for the study of Asian legal systems in the Southern Hemisphere — joined ANJeL as Inaugural Affiliate in May 2004. The affiliation builds on cross-promotion and joint-sponsoring synergies between ANJeL and ALC.
The German-Japanese Association of Jurists (Deutsch-Japanische Juristenvereinigung) was welcomed as ANJeL’s second affiliate in October 2004. Founded in 1988, it has approximately 700 members — individuals, firms, and organisations like ANJeL — in Germany, Japan and world-wide. ANJeL collaborates in promoting the multi-lingual Zeitschrift für Japanisches Recht / Journal of Japanese Law, with two co-directors on the editorial board. Mutual membership is encouraged, particularly to obtain hard copies of the journal, and collaboration is also envisaged relating to symposiums particularly in Japan.
ANJeL welcomes the Faculty of Law at the University of New South Wales, which was a founding institution of ANJeL in 2003, in the new capacity of ANJeL’s third Affiliate. The Faculty retains many links with Japan, in particular through its generous support of ANJeL’s Judges in Residence program.
ANJeL welcomes applications from researchers from Japan and elsewhere interested in visiting Australia to pursue their research. ANJeL will provide the researcher with access to law libraries and other research facilities at ANU and USyd; and facilitate meetings with experts in the researcher’s area of interest. The level of funding support will be based on economic need and the nature of the proposed research program.
To apply, email ANJeLinfo@gmail.com with the following information:
For further information contact any of the Directors.
ANJeL facilitates a variety of legal professionals visiting Australia. For example, ANJeL has hosted professionals from the Japanese Ministry of Justice (Prosecutors’ Office), National Police Agency, and private law firms. In addition, ANJeL, along with its affiliate University of Melbourne’s Asian Law Centre, has a commitment to hosting Japanese judges and court clerks through the Supreme Court of Japan research abroad program. The Scheme is overseen by the Director of ANJeL’s Judges-in-Residence Program Committee and ANJeL’s co-Directors.
Judge Yosuke Fujita (June 2017 – June 2018) during his stay at the University of Sydney Law school will be researching the structure and mechanisms of the criminal justice system in Australia, in particular the jury system, juvenile justice and the ERISP system.
Judge Yuri Takemura (June 2017 – June 2018) during her stay at Melbourne Law school will be comparing the legal systems of Australia and Japan with regard to civil cases, in particular, measures for appropriate judgements which require concurrent evidence and the system of settlement.
Judge Ayako Omatsu (June 2017 – May 2018) is a Family Court Investigating Officer from the Osaka High Court based at the ANU College of Law. Judge Omatsu is researching the family law system and youth justice system in Australia in particular, the characteristics of Australian Family Law Act, the parenting arrangement for high conflict cases and the community-based youth rehabilitation program.
Hiroaki Yoshida (June 2016 – May 2017), a Family Court Investigating Officer, during his stay at the ANU College of Law is researching the family law system and the youth justice system in Australia, in particular the family dispute resolution system, the parenting arrangement for high conflict cases and the restorative justice system.
Judge Hiroaki Yoshida (June 2016 – May 2017) is a Family Court Investigating Officer from the Osaka High Court based at the ANU College of Law. He is researching how to support hi-conflict divorce cases and how to develop the expert’s skills and knowledge to deal with such cases in Australia.
Judge Yoshihiro Baba (June 2016 – May 2017) is an Ichinomiya Branch of Nagoya District and Family Courts Judge specializing in malpractice lawsuits and juvenile trial cases. During his stay at the Melbourne Law School, he will be researching on Australian management of civil lawsuits (especially malpractice lawsuits). He also has a strong interest in legal protections for the elderly and handicapped people.
Judge Yoshitaka Uno (June 2016 – May 2017) is a Tokyo District Court Judge specializing in Jury trials, electronic recordings of interrogations and fair work commissions/labour disputes, based at the Sydney Law School. He will be researching the structure and mechanisms of the criminal justice system in Australia, in particular the jury system and the ERISP system; and the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth).
Judge Matsumoto (June 2015 – May 2016) is an assistant judge from Osaka District Court based at Melbourne Law School. During his stay, he will conduct research on civil aspects of international child abduction under the Hague Convention. He will also study the operation and structure of Family Law in Australia.
Judge Yoshiko Ohmachi (June 2015 – May 2016) is a family court probation (investigation) officer from Hiroshima Family Court, will be based at the ANU College of Law. She will be looking into ways to solve custody disputes from the best interests of the child.
Judge Taku Okada (June 2015) is seconded from the Sakai Branch of the Osaka District Court, to research Australia’s procedures for criminal (including juvenile) trials, and training for those who work in the judicial system (focusing on education for legal professionals).
Judge Aya Kobayashi (June 2014 – June 2015) from Tokyo District Court will be based at the Asian Law Centre, Melbourne Law School. She will be conducting research on Australian class action suits and legal protections for the elderly.
Judge Shota Watanuki (June 2014) from the Supreme Court of Japan will be researching is at the University of Sydney, especially with regards to the management of complex civil litigation and ADR in Australia. In 2017 Judge Watanuki published an article “Law and Practice of Mediation in NSW” Gaikoku minnjisosyouhou kenkyukai (45), Hikakuhougaku No.50-2 (in Japanese).
Satomi Asaki (June 2014) is a Fukuoka Family Court probation officer based at the Australian National University until June 2015. She is researching Australian family law and plans to utilise her research to improve family court procedures in order to provide the best possible support for the parties and their children.
Judge Kaoto Kida (June 2013 – June 2014) is an assistant judge from Yokohama Family and District Court who was based at Melbourne Law School. Judge Kida researched matters related to juvenile delinquency and related diversion programs. In addition, he conducted research into Australia’s lawsuit management through different alternate dispute resolution methods and the adversarial system used in Australia.
Judge Kaoru Ueno (June 2013) from Saga District Court will be based at Sydney Law School for a year to conduct research comparing expediting civil litigation, and jury trials.
Judge Sachiyo Kitagawa (June 2012) from Fukuoka District Court will be based at the Melbourne Law School for a year to study methods of out-of-court dispute resolution and preservation of evidence.
Atsuko Yanagase worked as a clerk in the Kyoto Family Court and will be based at ANU to study matters related to the Australian court system.
Judge Shinpei Takarazuka (June 2012) from Fukuoka District Court will be based at the Sydney Law School for a year to compare expedited case management and expert evidence in civil and administrative cases.
Judge Minoru Sonoda (July 2011), a graduate of the University of Tokyo and seconded from the Tokyo District Court, is based at Sydney Law School in 2011 to research the reforms of the civil justice system to expedite civil trials, such as the new case management system and the introduction of the ‘Fast Track Directions’ in the Federal Court to reduce duration and costs.
Judge Atsuyuki Taniike (July 2011) is an Assistant Judge in civil trial cases at the Tokyo District Court, Japan. Judge Taniike is a visiting Judge at the Melbourne Law School for 2011-2012. The Judge’s main research interests are a comparative analysis of (1) contract law and (2) the civil jury systems, between Australia and Japan. In pursing this research task, Judge Taniike will undertake studies in Australian contract and obligations laws. The Judge will also make court visits, meet with legal professionals, including practitioners and the Juries Commissioner of Victoria, and attend seminars at the University of Melbourne.
Judge Hidemasa Yasukawa (July 2010), a graduate of the University of Tokyo seconded from the Kagoshima District Court, is based at Sydney Law School in 2010 to study in particular how New South Wales — known as the “defamation capital of Australia” — uses jury trials in defamation cases.
Judge Gen Ueno (June 2010) was appointed an assistant judge in October 2001. He has served on the Fukuoka District Court, the Sakai Branch of the Osaka District and Family Court, and most recently the Okayama Family Court. Through this work Judge Ueno has developed a strong interest in family law. Judge Ueno will continue to pursue this interest during his time at Melbourne Law School, where his research will focus on the divorce dispute settlement procedures used in Australia and the role of the mediator in the Australian legal system.
Judge Toshiyuki Abe (June 2009) has served with the Yokohama District Court since his appointment as an associate judge in October 2006. A graduate of Keio University, Judge Abe has a strong interest in medical malpractice litigation. While based at Melbourne Law School Judge Abe will continue to pursue this interest, focusing on the use of medical experts in malpractice cases in Australian courts, and alternative dispute resolution in this area of law.
Judge Yoshinori Hashiguchi (June 2009), who has served in the Kagoshima District Court since his appointment as associate judge in October 2006, will be based in the new Sydney Law School building. A graduate of the University of Tokyo, his research in Australia will focus on two pressing issues as Japan recommences in May 2009 a quasi-jury (saiban’in) system for serious criminal cases: (1) how such systems interact with media coverage of trials, and (2) the use of “bench books”.
Ms. Emiko Yasunaka (July 2008) is a senior staffer from the General Affairs Division of the Tokyo High Court. Her research interests include the Australian system of civil justice (including Alternative Dispute Resolution) and the Australian courts approach to public relations.
Mr. Kazuto Hatano (July 2008) is a technical official with the National Police Agency who is studying digital forensics techniques used in the Australian police forces and frameworks for digital forensics.
Judge Atsushi Shiraishi (June 2008) will join the Asian Law Centre in the Law School at the University of Melbourne as a Visiting Research Scholar. Judge Shiraishi is currently a judge in Criminal Division 16 of the Tokyo District Court. He has over 7 years experience and has received his appointment as a special assistant judge (tokurei hanji-ho).
Judge Yoshinori Nishioka (June 2008) from the Tokyo District Court will be based at the University of New South Wales. Judge Nishioka has three years experience hearing criminal matters. His main area of interest is the social mechanisms supporting the jury system and their cultural background and management in Australia, a diverse society and how that may relate to the ‘saiban-in’ or lay jury system to be introduced in Japan in 2009.
Ms Masako Yabu (November 2007), a Japanese prosecutor from the Shizuoka District Prosecutors Office, visited the ANU College of Law to study police recording systems when interviewing suspects.
Ms Aya Kitaoka (July 2007) was a court administrator from the Tokyo Family Court who visited the ANU College of Law to study the use of technology in the Australian justice system and the jury system. Ms. Emiko Yasunaka took Ms. Kitaoka’s place in July 2008.
Mr Masanori Hiramatsu (July 2007) was a Visitor from the National Police Agency to the ANU College of Law who undertook a comparative study of lawful interception systems in Australia and Japan. Mr Kazuto Hatano took Mr. Hiramatsu’s place in July 2008.
Judge Shimpei Takahashi (June 2007) from the Yokohama District Court was mainly based at the University of Sydney. Judge Takahashi had a particular interest in the area of administrative law, including migration law.
Judge Takamoto Hagiwara (June 2007) from Tokyo District court was based mainly at the University of Melbourne. Judge Hagiwara had a particular interest in medical negligence cases.
Mr Genta Yoshino (September 2006) was a prosecutor from the Japanese Ministry of Justice. He was based at ANU for six months researching Australian approaches to victims’ rights.
Judge Eriko Kawajiri (June 2006) from the Tokyo District Court was based mainly at the University of Melbourne. Judge Kawajiri was interested in the criminal justice system in Australia, especially the jury system, support and legal resources for victims of crime and rehabilitation programs. Judge Kawajiri published an article in the legal periodical Hanrei Taimuzu following her Visitorship entitled “CREDIT / Bail Support Program: O-sutoraria Bikutoriashu no Hoshaku Shien Seido” [The CREDIT / Bail Support Program in the State of Victoria, Australia].
Judge Takashi Masuo (June 2006) from Kurume Branch of Fukuoka District Court was based mainly at the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales. Judge Masuo was interested in civil procedure and ADR in Australia, especially case management, expert witnesses and medical negligence cases. Judge Masuo published an article in the legal periodical Hanrei Taimuzu following his Visitorship entitled “Nyu sausu ue-ruzu shu saiko saibansho oyobi O-sutoraria renpo saibansho ni okeru senmonka shonin seido no kaikaku” [Reform of the Expert Witness Systems in the NSW Supreme Court and the Federal Court of Australia].
Mr Mitsu Ohara (July 2005) was an officer in the Japanese National Police Agency who spent a year at ANU researching Australian approaches to restorative justice.
Judge Kayoko Ishida (June 2005) from the Saitama District Court was based mainly at the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales. Judge Ishida was especially interested in criminal proceedings and participation of the general public in the justice system. Judge Ishida published an article following her visitorship entitled “O-sutoraria no baishin shinri o bocho shite” [Observations on Australian Jury Deliberations].
Judge Takaaki Miura (June 2005) from the Yamagata District/Family Court was based at the University of Melbourne. Judge Miura was interested in civil cases and, especially, juvenile delinquency cases.
Judge Masaki Takasugi (July 2004) completed his LLB from the University of Tokyo in 1998, passed the National Bar Examination the following year, and has dealt with civil and criminal matters in the Chiba District Court since 2001. He had particular interests in criminal justice.
Judge Daijiro Yasuda (June 2004) completed his LLB from Waseda University in 1995, served in the Tokyo District Court from 1997-9 and in the Wakayama District Court until 2002. He heard civil and criminal cases, and family and juvenile delinquency cases, at the Ashikaga Branch of the Utsunomiya District Court. He had particular interests in criminal procedure and family law.
Mr Phil Jamieson (May 2004) was at Nagashima, Ohno & Tsunematsu as a foreign lawyer for 3 years before moving to New City Corporation as a Vice-President. New City Corporation is a real estate investment, fund management, development, services and technology firm based in Japan with offices in the US, Seoul and soon Shanghai. Prior to moving to Japan in 2001, Phil worked as a general commercial defence lawyer in Sydney, primarily for insurer clients advising on indemnity issues and professional liability. He visited Sydney and Canberra during the week of 5 April 2004 as an ANJeL Professional Visitor. During his ANJeL Visitorship, he participated in seminars discussing Japan’s evolving legal services markets, and worked on revamping the former Japanese Law Links website, which was at the time a joint project between Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu and ANJeL. Mr Jamieson’s initiatives in that project led in due course to ANJeL’s successful involvement in the AsianLII project.
Judge Takashi Nakajima (July 2003 – August 2004) of the Osaka District Court (LL.B, Kyoto University, and visiting scholar at the University of Melbourne, July 2003 – August 2004) visited Sydney and Canberra in mid-May 2004, speaking to Japanese Law students. He pursued his main research interests in civil case management, and administrative law (especially the tribunal system and refugee law). He was also interested in the impact of the jury system on the principles of evidence, because laypersons will be involved with criminal procedure in Japan.
Judge Keisuke Hosoda (June 2003) is judge of the Tokyo District Court, 8th Criminal Division. From 1997–2000, Judge Hosoda served as Director of the Judicial Systems Research Office in the Supreme Court of Japan. He visited Australia from 16-30 June to examine how Australia ensures the fairness of jury trials against media publicity. He also conducted research into audio and video recording of police interrogations. Judge Hosoda has a LLB from Tokyo University and a LLM from New York University. Judge Hosoda published a three-part article following his Visitorship in the legal periodical Hanrei Taimuzu entitled “O-sutoraria ni okeru keiji baishin kohan to hodo no kankei o chushin to suru tetsutsuki no kosei to kohyo no kankei ni tsuite” [Procedural Fairness and Media Publicity in Australia — Criminal Jury Trials and the Media].
ANJeL encourages scholarly engagement with Japanese law by undergraduate, masters and doctoral students. ANJeL delivers a number of courses and programs on Japanese law.
ANJeL periodically hires ANJeL Research Assistants. Please contact the Directors for more information.
An ANJeL Associate has prepared a guide for law students or graduates interested in finding work with law firms in Japan. This guide, now several years old, is written from the Australian perspective but may be also useful for those from other jurisdictions.
ANJeL Program Organisers are appointed by ANJeL’s Executive Committee to facilitate a variety of specific programs and ANJeL’s activities in Japan.