ANJeL People

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.

ANJeL is managed by its co-Directors, who are assisted by an Executive Coordinator and a diverse Advisory Board.

ANJeL offers a research visitor scheme for scholars and jurists. ANJeL’s directors welcome applications at any time.

ANJeL Directors

Three co-directors share responsibility for the research, teaching and other activities of ANJeL: Luke Nottage (USyd), Heather Roberts (ANU) and Leon Wolff (QUT).

  • Luke Nottage

    Professor Luke Nottage

    Professor Luke Nottage (BCA, LLB, PhD VUW, LLM Kyoto) specialises in arbitration, contract law and consumer product safety law, with a particular interest in Japan and the Asia-Pacific. He is Professor of Comparative and Transnational Business Law at Sydney Law School, founding Co-Director of the Australian Network for Japanese Law, Associate Director of the Centre for Asian and Pacific Law at the University of Sydney, and Comparative and Global Law Program coordinator for the Sydney Centre for International Law. Luke’s publications include Product Safety and Liability Law in Japan (Routledge, 2004), Corporate Governance in the 21st Century: Japan’s Gradual Transformation (Elgar, 2008), International Arbitration in Australia (Federation Press, 2010), Foreign Investment and Dispute Resolution in Asia (Routledge, 2011). Consumer Law and Policy in Australia and New Zealand (Federation Press, 2013) and Asia-Pacific Disaster Management (Springer, 2014). He has, or had, executive roles in the Australia-Japan Society (NSW), the Law Council of Australia’s International Law Section, the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration, and the Australasian Forum for International Arbitration. Luke has also consulted for law firms world-wide, ASEAN, the EC, the OECD, the UNDP and the Japanese government.
  • Heather Roberts

    Dr Heather Roberts

    Dr Heather Roberts is an Associate Professor at the ANU Law School at The Australian National University, teaching in constitutional law, property law, and legal history. After graduating with her honours degrees in Asian Studies/Law at ANU, she worked as a solicitor at Freehills, practicing in property law and government contracting, and in 2018 co-authored the 4th edition of Property Law in New South Wales (LexisNexis). Her current research focuses on the intersections between legal reasoning and judicial biography, and in 2017 she was awarded a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award for the project titled The Ideal Judge exploring the changing perceptions of judges and judging in Australia as recorded through courts’ ceremonial archives.
  • Leon Wolff

    Associate Professor Leon Wolff

    Leon Wolff is an Associate Professor of Law at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). He has honours degrees and university medals in both law and Japanese studies (University of Queensland) as well as masters qualifications in Japanese interpreting and translation (University of Queensland), Asian and comparative law (University of Washington) and higher education (University of Sydney). He is currently completing his doctoral thesis on Japanese litigiousness (Deakin University). Leon has held Australian Research Council grants in Japanese law (2001-2003, 2004-2007) as well as three back-to-back fellowships in Japanese studies from the National Library of Australia, the Japan Foundation and the Australian Government (Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (Endeavour Fellowship) (2008-2009). Most recently he has been a visiting professor at Gakushuin University (July 2012), Nagoya University (October 2014) and Osaka University (May-July 2015) and was awarded a Japan Foundation fellowship (in 2015). He is published in a wide range of areas in Japanese law, including corporate governance, employment relations, gender equity, law and popular culture, and public administration. He co-founded ANJeL in 2003 and has served as co-Director near-continuously between 2003-2009 and 2010-2015.

ANJeL Executive Co-ordinator

  • Ana Ubilava

    Ana Ubilava

    Ana Ubilava is a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney Law School. She works on the topic of investor-state mediation, under the supervision of Professor Luke Nottage. Before commencing her current studies, Ana worked at the Tbilisi City Hall of Georgia as a lawyer and subsequently as the Head of the Deputy Mayor’s Office. She holds the Bachelor of Laws degree from the Tbilisi State University (Georgia) and the Master of Laws degree from the University of Manchester (UK).

ANJeL Advisory Board

ANJeL consults with its Advisory Board:

  • Kent Anderson

    Professor Kent Anderson

    Professor Kent Anderson is an international lawyer who specialises in comparing Asian legal systems. He joined the University of Western Australia as Deputy Vice Chancellor (Community & Engagement) in 2014. He has an eclectic background, having completed tertiary studies in US, Japan, and the UK in Law, Politics, Economics and Asian Studies. He also worked as a marketing manager with a US regional airline in Alaska and as a commercial lawyer in Hawaii. Before joining UWA, Kent was Pro Vice Chancellor (International) at University of Adelaide and before that foundational director of the School of Culture, History and Language at the Australian National University. He is a founding Co-Director (and now Advisory Board member) of ANJeL. He started his academic career as associate professor at Hokkaido University Law School in Japan. Kent is on the New Colombo Plan Advisory Board, the Board of Canberra Grammar School, and a variety of academic and community boards including the Languages and Cultures Network for Australian Universities (LCNAU). Kent believes in the ABC of life: brewing his own Ales, listening to the Blues and playing sport with his Child. Having grown up in Alaska, he said WA feels familiar, with an important Indigenous community, big open spaces, vibrant local arts scene and a resource-driven economy. And having spent 20 years in Alaska where temperatures dive to -45C, he is enjoying thawing out in Perth’s beautiful sunshine.
  • Harald Baum

    Professor Harald Baum

    Professor Dr Harald Baum is Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Japan Department at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, Hamburg, Germany; Priv.Doz., University of Hamburg; Research Associate, European Corporate Governance Institute, Brussels, Belgium; Founding and Executive Editor: Zeitschrift für Japanisches Recht / Journal of Japanese Law (ZJapanR, which ANJeL now collaborates in); and Vice-president, German-Japanese Association of Jurists (an ANJeL affiliate). Dr Baum is an expert in comparative commercial law, with numerous publications on business law, corporate governance, takeovers, and capital markets regulation in Germany, the EU, Japan, and the USA, comparative law, and private international law.
  • Masako Kamiya

    Masako Kamiya
    紙谷 雅子

    Masako Kamiya, a graduate of Tokyo University, is Professor of Law at Gakushuin University, specialising in Anglo-Commonwealth and American constitutional law. She also teaches Legal Informatics and American Law at the new Law School at Gakushuin University.
  • Akira Kawamura

    Akira Kawamura
    川村 明

    Akira Kawamura is a partner at Anderson Mori & Tomotsune, one of Tokyo’s largest law firms, and has an extensive general corporate and litigation practice with numerous large multinational domestic and foreign clients. He specializes in corporate, M&A, intellectual property, international trade, entertainment, publication, energy and real property law. He is a corporate auditor [kansayaku] and board member [torishimariyaku] of a number of Japanese companies, and is also an experienced arbitrator/mediator. He is also an influential member of the Japanese Bar, having served as Executive Vice President of the Dai-ni Tokyo Bar Association, Executive Director of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations (Nichibenren) and Chairman of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations’ Foreign Lawyers and International Legal Practice Committee. He was a Visiting Professor from 2001-2003 at Kyoto University’s Faculty of Law, where he graduated with an LLB in 1965. Akira Kawamura also obtained a LLM from the University of Sydney in 1979, and trained at a law firm in Australia. His publications (as editor-in-chief/author) include Australia Law and Business (1979) and Law and Business in Japan (new ed, 2000).
  • Carolyn Stevens

    Carolyn Stevens

    Professor Carolyn Stevens is the Director of the Japanese Studies Centre at Monash University and is a Principal Fellow at the Asian Law Centre at the University of Melbourne. Originally trained as an anthropologist, over the last twenty years she has published books and articles on Japanese culture and society including a focus on social problems and Japanese law, such as social welfare, citizenship and statelessness, and most recently disability welfare and policy. She is involved with teaching the Asian Studies and International Studies programs as well as the Japanese language program at Monash University. She is also currently the Editor in Chief of the interdisciplinary journal Japanese Studies. Recent publications include Disability in Japan (2013) and Internationalising Japan (2014, co-edited with J. Breaden and S. Steele).
  • Veronica Taylor

    Professor Veronica Taylor

    Veronica Taylor is the Director of the School of Regulation, Justice and Diplomacy at Australian National University (ANU) and Professor in the Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet) at ANU. She is also an Affiliate Professor of Law and Senior Advisor to the Asian Law Center at the University of Washington, where she was the Center Director 2001-2010. Her work focuses on socio-legal approaches to commercial law in Asia, applied regulatory theory, and rule of law promotion. She has 20 years’ experience designing rule of law interventions in Asia and has directed multiyear legal reform projects in Afghanistan, rural China and Indonesia. Her most recent publications include a book, edited with Per Bergling and Jenny Ederlöf, Rule of Law Promotion: Global Perspectives, Local Applications (Iustus FörIag, 2009) and ‘Rule of Law Assistance Discourse and Practice: Japanese Inflections’ in Amanda Perry-Kessaris (ed) Law in the Pursuit of Development: Principles into Practice (Routledge, 2010). In 2010 she was the inaugural Hague Visiting Professor in Rule of Law at the Hague and the Van Vollenhoven Institute, University of Leiden.
  • Ian Williams

    Ian Williams

    Ian Williams is a partner at global law firm Herbert Smith Freehills, advising Japanese corporations on mergers & acquisitions and joint ventures in the Australian mining, industrial, infrastructure and agri-business sectors. He previously worked with Kobe Steel in Japan for 5 years. He holds bachelor degrees in law and economics from the University of Sydney and a post-graduate diploma in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford. Ian is Vice-President of the Australia Japan Business Cooperation Committee and a non-executive director of New Hope Corporation (ASX:NHC). Ian represented both Australia and Japan in rugby union.

Founding Advisor

  • Malcolm Smith

    Malcolm Smith

    Malcolm Smith was the Dean of Comparative Asian Law in Australia. Educated at University of Melbourne and Harvard, he went on to establish the Asian Law Centres at both University of British Columbia and University of Melbourne, where he was Foundation Professor of Asian Law. In 2004, he joined Chuo University Law School as Professor of Asian Law. Mal was a founding Advisor to ANJeL and one of its most dedicated supporters. Malcolm Smith passed away in July 2006.

Join ANJeL

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 is working with law firms in Japan and Australia to support student research and co-develop online research resources in Japanese law;
  • ANJeL directors are teaching specialist courses at leading law schools in Japan; and
  • ANJeL is collaborating with Japanese universities to co-sponsor research conferences.

How to Join

ANJeL welcomes applications for membership, associateship, affiliation or project partnership with ANJeL:

  • ANJeL members are members of faculty at ANU and USyd actively engaged in, or with an interest in, the Japanese legal system;
  • ANJeL associates are scholars, jurists or government officials with an active interest in Japanese law or Australian-Japanese comparative law. Associates may be based in Australia, Japan or anywhere else in the world.
  • ANJeL affiliates are bodies, whether incorporated or unincorporated, who make a significant contribution to ANJeL activities. Law firms are especially encouraged to apply for affiliation.
  • ANJeL project partners are bodies with aims that are consistent with ANJeL’s objectives, including professional networking organisations for lawyers working in Japan.

To join, simply send us an email with the following information:

  • your name (or the name of your organisation);
  • a secondary (non-institutional) email address; and
  • a brief descriptive statement about yourself or your organisation, including research interests and/or areas of practice;

Who Else is Part of ANJeL?

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

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 Visiting Academics Scheme

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:

  • your name and affiliation;
  • preferred dates to visit Australia;
  • outline of your research project or research goals;
  • your curriculum vitae;
  • any other funding sources.

For further information contact any of the Directors.


ANJeL Visiting Academics for 2017

  • Shinichi Nemoto
    Shinichi Nemoto is a professor at the Meiji University School of Law in Tokyo, Japan. His area of expertise is company law (corporate law). He is interested in directors’ duties, takeovers (mergers and acquisitions) and shareholder primacy as a tool/ideology to design various institutions in company law. So far he has widely written on directors' duties and shareholder remedies, recently he has also written about company law of the Commonwealth. He was a visiting scholar at Queen Mary University of London in 2016. Prof Nemoto will be visiting the University of Sydney Law School from May to July 2017. During the stay, Professor Nemoto will carry out research about the takeover law in Australia, especially frustrating action and squeeze-out (including takeover through scheme of arrangement).

ANJeL Visiting Academics for 2016

  • Craig Martin
    Craig Martin is a Professor at the Washburn University school of Law. He teaches public international law, the law of armed conflict, constitutional law, and professional responsibility. His primary areas of scholarly interest and academic writing are international law, with an emphasis on the use of force and the law of armed conflict, and comparative constitutional law, with a focus on rights and war powers in Anglo-American and Japanese constitutional law. Professor Martin was a speaker at the Collective Self-Defence Symposium on 12 August 2016. In 2017 Professor Martin published an article The Legitimacy of Informal Constitutional Amendment and the “Reinterpretation” of Japan’s War Powers, 40 Fordham Int’l L.J. 427 (2017).
  • Yusuke Bando
    Yusuke Bando is an associate professor at Otaru University of Commerce, Department of Law. His PhD from Hokkaido University (2010) was on the constitution of the Japanese people through the Nationality Act and on the legal definition of Japanese nationality. His main research fields are Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, and Immigration and Citizenship Law. While visiting ANJeL in Australia, he will investigate the Citizenship Test introduced by the Australian Citizenship Act 2007 (Cth), and in particular, how to integrate naturalisation applicants (future Australians) into the community. Associate Professor Bando was previously an ANJeL visitor in 2012.
  • Akira Kurata
    Akira Kurata is a Professor of Law at Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, from which he graduated with LLB and the Dean prize in 1994, before he earned his LLM from Waseda University, Tokyo in 1996. He has studied and taught constitutional law. His particular field of research is election law and voting rights. He was a visiting academic scholar at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, School of Law at Camden, from 2006 to 2007. He will be a visitor at USyd and ANU from 2016 to 2017, to carry out his research into the Australian election system, particularly on the Australian compulsory voting tradition.

ANJeL Visiting Academics for 2015

  • Kichimoto Asaka
    Kichimoto Asaka is Professor at Law at the University of Tokyo. Professor Asaka plans to research (a) the independent development of Australian Law and “Unity of Common Law” and (b) class actions in Australia, comparing Australian class action disputes with those in the USA and recently commenced consumer group litigation in Japan. Professor Asaka plans to research at the University of Sydney from July to September 2015.

ANJeL Visiting Academics for 2014

  • Lingling Ye
    Lingling Ye is Professor of Law at the Graduate School of Social and Cultural Sciences at Kumamoto University, Japan. Her research and teaching interests are in comparative and administrative law, particularly comparative studies into administrative procedure and state compensation law in China and Japan. Her current research is particularly focussed on the concept and application of the rule of law and the legal systems in East and Southeast Asia. Her past research has encompassed a wide variety of areas, including comparative studies on alternative dispute resolution systems and citizen participation in judicial systems and of Japan, China and America and legal issues relating to the return of Hong Kong and Macao’s to China. Professor Ye has been a visiting researcher at the Institute of Comparative Law, Chuo University, Tokyo Japan, McGeorge Law School of Pacific University in California, USA, Faculty of Law, the University of Hong Kong, and visiting scholar at the East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore. She will be visiting the University of Sydney in July-August 2014.
  • Ryota Kosai
    Ryota Kosai is Associate Professor of Law (Sociology of Law/Socio-Legal Studies) at Ehime University, Ehime, Japan. His current research interests include socio-legal studies on drink driving accidents, specifically criminal sanctions in response to fatal drink driving accidents and repeat offence programs, and socio-legal studies on victim rights and victim participation in the criminal trial, as well as access to justice research. Dr Kosai will be visiting the University of Sydney from November 2013 to August 2014.
  • Makoto Ibusuki
    Makoto Ibusuki is Professor of Law at Seijo University, Tokyo, specialising in criminal procedure law and cyber-law. He is now Program Convener (ANJeL-in-Japan), after serving as ANJeL Convenor for Kansai when teaching at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto (2002-8). Before that Dr Ibusuki taught in the Faculty of Law and Policy, Kagoshima University in Kyushu (1990-2002). He holds a PhD in law from Hokkaido University (1990), a LLM from Kanazawa University (1984); and a LLB from Shimane University (1982). Dr Ibusuki was also ANJeL Research Visitor in 2003 and 2008, and was a visiting scholar at the John Marshall Law School, Chicago from September 1997-July 1998.

ANJeL Visiting Academics for 2013

  • Jeong Jonghyu
    Jeong Jonghyuis one of Korea’s leading civil law and legal history professors. He was one of very few to obtain a PhD in Law from Kyoto University within 3 years, over the 1980s, under the renowned Prof Kitagawa. Prof Jeong has been Dean of Law at Chonnam National University and president of civil law and legal history associations, a visiting professor in Germany and Japan and has been a Fulbright scholar at Harvard University. He has published in Korean, Japanese and German and has also translated selected writings by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI from German to Korean.
  • Kenji Saigusa
    Kenji Saigusa is the Associate Dean and Professor of Waseda University Faculty of Law in Tokyo, Japan. He also teaches at Waseda University Graduate Faculty of Law and Waseda Law School. His academic interests lie in contract, torts, family law, and trust. He received his LLB from Waseda University, and LLM degrees from both Waseda and Harvard Law School. He received a Fulbright scholarship while studying at Harvard.

ANJeL Visiting Academics for 2012

  • Bando Yusuke
    Bando Yusuke, a lecturer at Sapporo Gakuin University visited the University of Sydney for five weeks from August 2012 to September 2012. His main research fields are Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, and Immigration Law. He obtained his PhD from Hokkaido University (2010). He wrote his doctoral thesis on the constitution of Japanese people through the Nationality Act and the legal definition of Japanese nationality. Dr Bando also has a research interest in comparative law. While visiting ANJeL in Australia, he investigated the history of Australian immigration law and the alien powers under the Australian Constitution, in particular how the Australian people are constituted through immigration law and constitutional law. This visit was a first step in his research comparing Australian and Japanese law.
  • Machiko Kanetake
    Machiko Kanetake is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Amsterdam Center for International Law (ACIL). She specialises in United Nations law, international organisations law, and interactions between national and international law. At the ACIL, she coordinates the research project on the interfaces between international and national legal orders. As part of the project, she has been conducting research on the application of international law and informal international instruments before Japanese courts. Machiko received her PhD from Kyoto University, and LLM from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). During her doctoral study, she was appointed as a Hauser Visiting Doctoral Researcher (2010-11) of the Global Fellows Program at New York University (NYU) School of Law.

ANJeL Visiting Academics for 2011

  • Yusuke Tanemura
    Yusuke Tanemura obtained his PhD in private international law at Waseda University and is currently working as a research fellow at Institute of Intellectual Property in Tokyo. He is visiting Australia from late August to September, primarily researching the justiciability of claims involving foreign immovable property and foreign intellectual property at The Australian National University. In particular he will be investigating the connection between the 1906 High Court of Australia decision in Potter v Broken Hill Pty Co. Ltd and the High Court of England and Wales decision in Tyburn Productions v Conan Doyle in 1990. Specifically, he will be investigating the nature of infringements of intellectual property rights that render their classification as local actions.
  • Tom Ginsburg
    Tom Ginsburg, Professor at Chicago Law School, visited Australia in late March, giving a keynote address at a conference in Brisbane and a public lecture at Sydney Law School on 22 March entitled ‘Legal reform in Northeast Asia: the politics of competitive modernisation’. Tom Ginsburg focuses on comparative and international law from an interdisciplinary perspective. He holds BA, JD, and PhD degrees from the University of California at Berkeley. One of his books, Judicial Review in New Democracies (Cambridge University Press 2003) won the C. Herman Pritchett Award from the American Political Science Association for best book on law and courts. He has served as a visiting professor at the University of Tokyo, Kyushu University, Seoul National University, the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Trento. He currently co-directs the Comparative Constitutions Project, an effort funded by the National Science Foundation to gather and analyze the constitutions of all independent nation-states since 1789. Before entering law teaching, he served as a legal adviser at the Iran-US Claims Tribunal, The Hague, Netherlands, and consulted with numerous international development agencies and foreign governments on legal and constitutional reform.

ANJeL Visiting Academics for 2010

  • Satoshi Kurokawa
    Satoshi Kurokawa, Professor of Law at Waseda University School of Social Sciences will visit the ANU College of Law at the Australian National University for a year from March 2010 to March 2011. His main field of research to date has been measures for environmental regulation. Professor Kurokawa will pursue an interest in Australian environmental law, focusing on research on climate law, pollution control law and the national nature reserve system law in Australia. He holds a Ph.D. from Kyoto University (2006). His most important recent publications (in Japanese) are: The Theory of Environmental Regulation (2004), An Introduction to Environmental Regulation (co-author; 2005) and Approaches to Environmental Law (co-edited; 2007).
  • Shimanami Ryo
    Professor Shimanami Ryo of Kobe University will visit the University of Sydney Law School as an ANJeL Research Visitor from December-February 2010. Professor Shimanami is a law graduate of the University of Tokyo, and has previously been a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University, London University and Toronto University. He specialises in intellectual property law, cyber law and law and economics and has also been actively involved in several Japanese law associations. He is on the executive committee of the Japan Association of Industrial Property Law and is a member of working team in Copyright Council  of Agency for Cultural Affairs.

ANJeL Visiting Academics for 2009

  • Tatsuya Nakamura
    Professor Tatsuya Nakamura of the Faculty of Law at Kokushikan University in Tokyo also serves as the General Manager of the Arbitration and Mediation Departments of the Japan Commercial Arbitration Association (JCAA). He will be visiting Sydney University Law School for six months from September 2009 to March 2010 to conduct research on arbitration and other alternative dispute resolution in Australia. His recent Japanese language publications include (2008) International Dispute Resolution (Daigaku Kyoiku Shuppan). Recent English language publications include “Arbitration in Japan” in the 2008 Japan Business Law Guide (CCH) and “Final Settlement of Disputes on Existence and Effect of Arbitration Agreements under the UNICTRAL Model Law” 23(8) International Arbitration Report (2008) Arbitration and “Arbitration and ADR in Australia” JCA jya- naru (No. 56-11,12, No. 57-1,2,3,4) (2009) (in Japanese).
  • Yasuhei Taniguchi
    Professor Yasuhei Taniguchi, of Counsel, Professor of Law at Senshu University Law School and Emeritus Professor, Kyoto University will visit Sydney University Law School for five weeks in July and August 2009. Professor Taniguchi will draw on his experience in transcending boundaries between disciplines, academia & practice and nations in international dispute resolution for the purpose of research, presentations and discussions with policy-makers during his visit. He is a globally renowned scholar and practitioner in the fields of Japanese civil procedure & insolvency law, international commercial arbitration and WTO law. Professor Taniguchi served on the Appellate Body of the WTO Dispute Settlement Body from 2000-2007 and has held high office in both Japanese and international associations in the fields of civil procedure and arbitration. He has taught as a Visiting Professor of Law at top-tier universities in four countries. He is the author of numerous books and articles and his publications have been published in seven languages. His recent English language publications include: (2008) Understanding the Concept of Prima Facie Proof in WTO Dispute Settlement (Juris), (2007) Civil Litigation in Comparative Context (co-author, Thomson-West), (2007) The Changing Image of Japanese Practicing Lawyers (UC Berkeley Robbins Collection), (2007) The Development of an Adversary System in Japanese Civil Procedure (UW Press) and (2006) The Obligation to Mitigate Damages (ICC Dossiers IV).

ANJeL Visiting Academics for 2008

  • Ryuichiro Fukasawa
    Ryuichiro Fukasawa is Associate Professor of Administrative Law at Kyoto University. He has mainly studied the legal control of administrative discretion comparing Japanese law and English law. His published papers include “The Legal Nature of Administrative Policies and raison d’être of Administrative Discretion” in Minshoho-Zasshi (2003), “The Constitutional Foundations of Judicial Review in England: A Reconciliation of the Sovereignty of Parliament and the Rule of Law” in Kyoto Law Review (2003) and “A Comment on Denis James Galligan’s Theory of Administrative Discretion” in Kyoto Law Review (2006) (all in Japanese). He was Research Fellow at the University of Bristol, UK between March 2007 and March 2008. Professor Fukasawa is interested in administrative rule-making, administrative review and judicial review based on human rights. He conducted research on Australian administrative law, in particular the apparatus and function of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, at the University of Sydney between April 2008 and September 2008.
  • Yuko Okano
    Professor Yuko Okano, Professor of Private International Law at Kwansei Gakuin University, was an ANJeL Visitor at the Australian National University from September 2008 to March 2009. Professor Okano’s research concerned choice of law rules for torts in Australia. She wrote an article for publication in a Kwansei Gakuin journal analyzing decisions of the High Court of Australia, with a particularly focus on the application of the doctrine of renvoi to an action in tort, something not yet known to Japanese scholars.

ANJeL Visiting Academics for 2007

  • Makoto Ibusuki
    Professor Makoto Ibusuki, leading scholar in criminal procedure and cyber-law as well as a strong ANJeL supporter, spent his sabbatical at University of Sydney and UNSW from October 2007 until March 2008. Professor Ibusuki researched the video-taping of police interrogations at UNSW, guest lectured in the Japanese Law courses at ANU, and also assisted a large delegation of Kyoto lawyers who visited Sydney for intense study into how best to defend defendants in quasi-jury trials.

ANJeL Visiting Academics for 2006

  • Harald Baum
    Dr Harald Baum is Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Japan Department at the Max-Planck-Institute for Foreign Private and Private International Law, Hamburg, Germany; Priv.Doz., University of Hamburg; Research Associate, European Corporate Governance Institute, Brussels, Belgium; Founding and Executive Editor: Zeitschrift für Japanisches Recht / Journal of Japanese Law (ZJapanR, which ANJeL now collaborates in); and Vice-president, German-Japanese Lawyers Association (an ANJeL affiliate). Dr Baum is an expert in comparative commercial law, with numerous publications on business law, corporate governance, takeovers, and capital markets regulation in Germany, the EU, Japan, and the U.S., comparative law, and private international law. He spoke in Sydney, Wollongong, Canberra and Melbourne in late February/early March 2006.
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    Professor Colin Jones grew up in Canada, but attended International Christian University in Tokyo and graduated from U.C. Berkeley in 1986 with a degree in Oriental Languages and Literature. After obtaining an LL.M. at Tohoku University in Sendai, he attended Duke Law School, graduating in 1993 with a JD and an LLM in international and comparative law. Colin practiced law for over 10 years in New York, Hong Kong and Tokyo focusing on corporate, finance and telecommunications law. He has worked at major U.S. firms as well as in-house. He is a member of the bars of New York and Guam, and recently passed the bar exam in Palau. Colin joined the faculty of Doshisha University Law School in April of 2005. There he teaches Anglo-American law. He has published scholarly and professional on a variety of subjects including Sarbanes-Oxley, Japanese banking and telecommunications law, as well as legal philosophy.

ANJeL Visiting Academics for 2005

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    Professor Meryll Dean is Head of the Law Department at Oxford Brookes University, England. She was previously Legal Assistant to the House of Lords Select Committee on the European Communities and held various academic posts at in the School of Legal Studies at Sussex University, England. Professor Dean has published one of the leading textbooks on Japanese law: The Japanese Legal System (London, Cavendish, 2002) and has written in the areas of Japanese public and constitutional law. Her most recent research has been on Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution, the role of the Self- Defence Forces and the legality of their participating in international operations. The most recent published work on this is a Chapter “Renouncing Peace in a Time of War — Japan’s Constitutional Conundrum” in Paul Eden and Thérèse O’Donnell (eds), 11 September 2001: A Turning Point in International and Domestic Law? (Ardsley, New York, Transnational Publishers, 2005). In addition to this work, her current research is looking at asylum and immigration law in Japan and will also consider the issue of human trafficking. In December 2004 she gave a guest lecture at Waseda University entitled “Enforcing International Legal Norms: Asylum and Immigration in Japan and the United Kingdom”. She visited Sydney around the week of the 23 February conference.
  • Souichirou Kozuka
    Souichirou Kozuka is Associate Professor of Law at Sophia University (Jochi Daigaku). He specialises in business law, including commercial transactions law, corporate law, banking regulation, and competition law. His recent works in English include “Carriage of Goods and Legal Uniformity in Asia-Pacific Region” in Uniform Law Review (2003-1/2), and “The Use of Stock Options as Defensive Measures: The Impact of the 2001 Amendments to the Corporate Law on Corporate Control in Japan” in 15 Zeitschrift für Japanisches Recht / Journal of Japanese Law (2003). He visited Sydney from 23-28 February to study research and education on Japanese Law in Australia, and to discuss further collaboration regarding the Journal of Japanese Law, of which he is now an Editorial Board member.

ANJeL Visiting Academics for 2003

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    Professor Setsuo Miyazawa was professor of law at Waseda University when he visited Australia, and a prominent criminologist and legal sociologist heavily involved in recent initiatives to reform Japan’s judicial system. He visited Australia from 5 to 8 July to deliver a keynote address at the Japanese Studies Association of Australia Conference in Brisbane and to participate in a continuing legal education seminar on recent reforms to Japan’s system of civil justice in Sydney. Professor Miyazawa’s research interests range from police and criminal justice, legal culture, corporate legal departments, and judicial administration, to legal aid and cause lawyering. Among numerous publications in Japanese and English are the prize-winning Policing in Japan (1992), and “Lawyering for the Underrepresented in the Context of Legal, Social, and National Institutions” in Louise G. Trubek & Jeremy Cooper (eds.), Educating for Justice Around the World (1999). He holds LLB, LLM, and LLD. degrees from Hokkaido University and MA, MPhil, and PhD degrees in sociology from Yale University. Before moving to Waseda University in October 2000, he taught at Hokkaido University in Sapporo (1979-1983) and Kobe University (1983-2000) in Japan. He has held visiting teaching positions in the law schools of York University (Canada), the University of Washington, Harvard University, the University of California at Berkeley, UCLA, and New York University. From September 2003 he became Vice-President of Omiya Law School near Tokyo, newly founded with the support of the Second Tokyo Bar Association to provide postgraduate professional legal education from April 2004.
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    Professor David Johnson of the University of Hawaii visited Australia from 28 August to 9 September. The author of the acclaimed study The Japanese Way of Justice: Prosecuting Crime in Japan, Professor Johnson specialises in comparative criminal justice. On 8 September, Professor Johnson lead a roundtable discussion on comparative criminal justice at UNSW and later give a seminar on Japanese criminal justice at the University of Sydney. Prior to that, he was a Visting Fellow at the Australian National University Law Faculty where he gave a variety of seminars and met with researchers and graduate students.
  • Makoto Ibusuki
    Dr Makoto Ibusuki was professor of criminal procedure at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, when he was an ANJeL Research Visitor in 2003. He is also a pioneer in cyberlaw research and teaching both in and outside of Japan, a founding director of the Hojohogakkai (Association for Legal Informatics) and a key member of a study group promoting IT issues in Japan’s current wave of reforms to criminal and civil justice. In addition to an ANJeL seminar on Wednesday 26 November at the UNSW (where he talked about “The Ongoing (R)evolution of IT in Japanese Law and Judicial Reform in Japan”, Dr Ibusuki also presented a paper on “The Possibility of Translated Legal Databases for Asian Countries” at an AustLII conference co-hosted by UNSW and UTS. His further report on this issue can be found in the Committee for Judicial Reform and Advanced Technology.

ANJeL Visiting Professionals Scheme

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.

2013 reunion of past visiting professionals
A reunion of past visiting professionals, (from left): Ms. Kitaoka (2007/Canberra), Judge Yasukawa (2010/Sydney), Professor Luke Nottage (ANJeL co-Director), Judge Kawajiri (2006/Melbourne), Judge Miura (2005/Melbourne), Judge Hashiguchi (2009/Sydney), Judge Sonoda (2011/Sydney), Judge Taniike (2011/Melbourne), Mr. Karube (2010/Canberra), Ms. Ishihara (2013/Canberra), Ms. Hara (2009/Canberra)

Profiles of Past/Present Visiting Professionals

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.

Luke Nottag, Keizo Takewaka, Michael Kirby and Yosuke Fujita
Celebratory reception in honour of the Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG, recipient of the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star in 2017 Spring Imperial Decorations, (from left): ANJeL Co-director Dr Luke Nottage, Consul-General of Japan in Sydney Keizo Takewaka, Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG and ANJeL Visiting Judge from Japan, Judge Yosuke Fujita

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).

Tom Bathurst, Taku Okada and Luke Nottage
(from left): NSW Chief Justice Tom Bathurst, Judge Taku Okada and ANJeL co-Director Luke Nottage

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.

Aya Kitaoka, Kent Anderson and Masanori Hiramatsu
(from left): Ms Aya Kitaoka, Mr Kent Anderson and Mr Masanori Hiramatsu

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].

Hitoshi Nasu, Michael Kirby and Judge Ishida
At the High Court, (from left): Mr Hitoshi Nasu, Justice Michael Kirby and Judge Kayoko Ishida.
Harper, Malcolm Gray, Kayoko Ishida, Ken Crispin and Terry Higgins
At the ACT Supreme Court, (from left): Master Harper, Justice Malcolm Gray, Judge Kayoko Ishida, Justice Ken Crispin, Chief Justice Terry Higgins

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 Students

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 sponsors a team of Australian students to compete at the Japan Intercollegiate Negotiation Competition held annually at Sophia University in Tokyo.

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 Conveners

ANJeL Program Organisers are appointed by ANJeL’s Executive Committee to facilitate a variety of specific programs and ANJeL’s activities in Japan.

  • Stacey Steele

    Stacey Steele
    Program Convener (Judges-in-Residence)

    Stacey Steele is Associate Director (Japan) of the Asian Law Centre (ALC), ANJeL’s inaugural affiliate. She was appointed Program Convener to organise the ANJeL-ALC Judges-in-Residence program. Stacey joined the Asian Law Centre at the Law School of the University of Melbourne in 1997 as a research associate and was appointed Associate Director (Japan) in January 2002. Born in Brisbane, Stacey holds degrees from the University of Queensland (BA (Jap)), Monash University (MA (Jap)) and the University of Melbourne (LLB (Hons) and LLM (by thesis)). Stacey commenced articles in March 2000 at a leading Australian commercial law firm and worked as a senior associate in its financial services group, focusing on project/infrastructure and corporate finance. In October 2007, Stacey joined Standard and Poor’s Melbourne office as Associate General Counsel with responsibilities for the Asia-Pacific. Stacey has taught Corporate Banking and Finance Law, as well as Issues in Japanese Law and in graduate subjects offered by the Centre. She recently co-edited Legal education in Asia: Globalization, Change and Contexts (Routledge, 2010). Her other research interests include Japanese insolvency law, law reform, the Japanese legal system and banking law. Stacey practices Chanoyu (The Way of Tea) and is a member of the Urasenke Melbourne Chapter. Stacey is fluent in Japanese.
  • Micah Burch

    Micah Burch
    Program Convenor (Teaching and Learning)

    Micah Burch is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the University of Sydney. He was appointed Program Convenor (Teaching and Learning) to assist with ANJeL’s educational activities. Micah specialises in taxation law. Prior to academia, Micah practiced at large corporate law firms in New York City and co-founded a publishing house specialising in translations of popular Japanese books. A former Fulbright Fellow in Japan and graduate of Princeton University (East Asian Studies) and Harvard Law School, Micah habitually teaches and lectures in Japan.
  • Souichiro Kozuka

    Professor Souichiro Kozuka
    Program Convenor (ANJeL-in-Japan: Kanto)

    Souichiro Kozuka is Professor of Law at Gakushuin University Law Faculty, Tokyo. He was appointed Program Convener to coordinate ANJeL activities in Tokyo and Kanto area of Japan. Professor Kozuka specialises in commercial law, with special interest in distribution agreements; transport law, including maritime and aerial law; competition/intellectual property interface; and regulation of financial institutions. He taught formerly at Chiba University (1995–1998) and Sophia University Law School and has been acting as Correspondent of Unidroit (the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law) since 2001 and as a member of IBA (International Bar Association), business law section, since 2002. He was ANJeL research visitor in February 2005.
  • Makoto Ibusuki

    Professor Makoto Ibusuki
    Program Convenor (ANJeL-in-Japan)

    Makoto Ibusuki is Professor of Law at Seijo University, Tokyo. He was appointed Program Convener to coordinate ANJeL activities in Kyoto and Kansai area of Japan. Dr Makoto Ibusuki was professor of criminal procedure at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, when he was an ANJeL Research Visitor in 2003. He is also a pioneer in cyberlaw research and teaching both in and outside of Japan, a founding director of the Hojohogakkai (Association for Legal Informatics) and a key member of a study group promoting IT issues in Japan's current wave of reforms to criminal and civil justice. Professor Ibusuki formerly taught in the Faculty of Law and Policy, Kagoshima University in Kyushu (1990-2002) and at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto (2002-2008). He holds a Ph.D. in law from Hokkaido University (1990), a LLM from Kanazawa University (1984); and a LLB from Shimane University (1982). His major area of research and writing is cyberspace law and criminal procedure. He was ANJeL research visitor in 2003 and a visiting scholar at the John Marshall Law School, Chicago from September 1997 – July 1998.
  • Stephen Green

    Stephen Green
    Program Convenor (ANJeL-in-Japan: Kansai)

    Stephen Green is a law professor and coordinates ANJeL activities in Kansai. He has a LLM (International Economic and Business Law) from Kyushu University; a LLB (Hons) from the Australian National University; and a BSc (Hons) from the University of Western Australia.
  • Dan W Puchniak

    Dr Dan W Puchniak
    ANJeL-in-ASEAN Convenor

    Dr. Dan W. Puchniak is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at the National University of Singapore. He is also currently a Visiting Professor and Global Challenge Visiting Scholar at Seoul National University School of Law. Dan specialises in corporate law with an emphasis on comparative corporate law in Asia. He has published widely on comparative, Asian, Singapore, and Japanese corporate law and governance and is regularly invited to present his scholarship and teach at leading law schools around the world. Dan has received numerous domestic and international awards for his academic research and teaching. Most recently, Dan was a Visiting Fellow in the Commercial Law Centre at Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. He was also recently selected by the Open Society Foundations to be a Fellow and Visiting Professor in the Department of Law at the University of Yangon. In addition, Dan was recently placed on the National University of Singapore Annual Teaching Excellence Award Honour Roll until 2018 as recognition for receiving the university wide NUS Annual Teaching Excellence Award three times. Dan is currently the Director of Corporate Law for the NUS Centre for Law & Business (CLB), an Executive Board Member for the NUS Centre for Asian Legal Studies (CALS), and the ASEAN Convener for the Australian Network for Japanese Law (ANJeL). He is also a member of the Editorial Boards of the Max Planck Institute’s Journal of Japanese Law and The Asian Business Lawyer. Prior to entering academia, Dan worked as a corporate commercial litigator at one of Canada’s leading corporate law firms.
  • Trevor Ryan

    Dr Trevor Ryan
    Program Convenor (Research and Special Projects)

    Trevor Ryan is an Assistant Professor at the University of Canberra Faculty of Law. He teaches Legal Theory and Constitutional Law. His other research interests include the relationship between law and demographic change, theories of regulation and activism, and various topics in Japanese law. He has also published a novel about Japanese law, Dear Judge Ichiro. Trevor was a visiting scholar at Chuo University from 2006–2008.