The program saw leading experts in Japanese and comparative law, coming from European and Japanese institutions, giving lectures and participating in roundtables on Japanese law from the perspective of comparative law.
The SSJL offered its 35 participants, mostly undergraduate or graduate students from programs in law or in Japanese studies, an unique opportunity to deepen their knowledge of specific aspects of the Japanese legal system.
The lectures in fact were not simply introductory classes on the Japanese legal system in general, but covered more advanced topics in areas such as constitutional law, private law, criminal law, sociology of law and legal history. Some sessions covered current topics such as the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the EU and Japan.
I am very excited to present here my latest (working) paper: “Nihonjin no Hōishikiron no Saikō” [日本人の法意識論の再考 – Reconsidering the Theories about the Japanese Legal Consciousness].
It builds on the theoretical foundations laid by Prof. Orin S. Kerr in his canonical “A Theory of Law” and on the related scholarship, extending those groundbreaking advances in legal science to the long-debated dilemma of the Japanese legal consciousness.
I find it quite difficult to summarize it, therefore I warmly recommend those interested not to waste time and read here the full version.
My paper on the foreign influences on Japanese comparative law has been published.
This is the abstract:
This paper presents a preliminary quantitative survey of Japanese comparative law books and textbooks and evaluates the patterns and the extent of foreign influence on them. The results of the inquiry were in accordance with the expectations. In the course of the analysis various methodological problems surfaced, such as the exiguous number of sources and the difficulty of finding formal criteria to analyse and process formally the data found. The hurdles to performing quantitative research about such topics are discussed.