Flashback: Summer School “Japanese Law in the XXI Century” 10-14 September 2018

From 10 to 14 September 2018, the Collegio Carlo Alberto in Torino hosted the Summer School “Japanese Law in the XXI Century” (SSJL).

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.

The SSJL was organized by the Collegio Carlo Alberto of TorinoKeio University, and the University of Torino. The Japan Foundation supported the event, which received also the endorsement of the Italian Society for Japanese Studies (AISTUGIA), of the Italian Society for the Research in Comparative Law (SIRD) and of the Fondazione Italia Giappone of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy.

Here some pictures of the event:

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Stay tuned for the next edition!

[EN] Reconsidering the Theories about the Japanese Legal Consciousness

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 Lawand 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.


[EN] Japanese Comparative Law and Foreign Influences: A Preliminary Analysis

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.

Download the paper from the CDCT website: Andrea Ortolani, Japanese Comparative Law and Foreign Influences: a Preliminary Analysis (CDCT working paper 18-2013 / Comparative and Transnational Law 8, ISSN 2280-9406).

Comments, remarks and criticism are very welcome.