Professor Akira Kurata

Visiting Fellow
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Biography

Akira Kurata's primary field of study is electoral law, in which he has written journal articles and book chapters for years. Among others, “Imprisonment and Franchise: A New Phase of Australian Election Law, Part I & II,” Ritsumeikan Law Review (Japanese edition), Nos. 321=322, pp. 221-245 (March 2009) & No. 337, pp. 38-76 (October 2011) focused on a couple of High Court cases: Roach v Electoral Commissioner (2007) 233 CLR 162 & Rowe v Electoral Commissioner (2010) 243 CLR 1. These academic pieces traced how the Commonwealth restored its electoral legislation, enacting the Electoral and Referendum Amendment (Enrolment and Prisoner Voting) Act 2011, which was a double response to the High Court, prompt to French Court but a bit late to Gleeson Court.

Then Akira also wrote “A Case against Criminal Disenfranchisement,” Ritsumeikan Law Review (Japanese edition), No. 352, pp. 182-218 (March 2014), which was originally an amicus brief filed to Osaka High Court (an intermediate appellate court in Japanese judiciary). As he flashed by writing “Felon Disenfranchisement Held Unconstitutional,” Sokuho-Hanrei-Kaisetsu, Prompt Case Commentary, Vol. 14, pp. 39-42 (April 2014), the Court held a long-standing statutory provision denying all felons to vote unconstitutional for the first time, reversing the decision by the Osaka District Court, which had been criticized and rebutted by his review article, “Felon Disenfranchisement Held Constitutional,” Sokuho-Hanrei-Kaisetsu, Prompt Case Commentary, Vol. 13, pp. 21-24 (October 2013).

Thus Akira's previous research could fortunately renovate a constitutional case law in his field. Although Australian cases, in contrast with American or European, are little known by or even quite foreign to most constitutional scholars and lawyers in Japan, he has a lesson taught by his own recent attempts: an academic intercourse with Australian researchers and practitioners is highly helpful in his area.

Appointments

  • (previous) Associate Professor of Law, Ritsumeikan University Faculty of Law, 2003-2012.
  • (previous) Visiting Academic Scholar, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, School of Law-Camden, 2006-2007.
  • (current) Professor of Law, Ritsumeikan University Faculty of Law, 2012-.
  • (current) Visiting Fellow, Australian National University College of Law, 2016-2017.

Significant research publications

倉田玲「アメリカ合衆国の連邦制度と公法分野の法定最低年齢」山口直也(編)『子どもの法定年齢の比較法研究』9〜26頁(成文堂,2017年)[Akira Kurata, "The U.S. Federal System and the Legal Ages in Public Law," in Naoya Yamaguchi, ed., Comparative Legal Studies on the Legal Age of Childhood (Tokyo: Seibundo, 2017)]

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