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The Australian Network for Japanese Law (ANJeL) is an initiative of the ANU College of Law at the Australian National University (ANU), the Faculty of Law at Bond University and the Faculty of Law at the University of Sydney (USyd). The core aim of ANJeL is to promote scholarly engagement with Japanese law, especially in Australia.





Intercollegiate Negotiation Competition 2015 (Tokyo) - Call for applications

ANJeL is seeking applications from students by 31 July for  a combined 'Team Australia' to compete in the INC negotiation and arbitration moot in Tokyo over 21-22 November.

See this year's Call for Applications document for more details.


Book discount for ANJeL Members: Edward Elgar is offering a 50% discount to ANJeL members who purchase the book Who Rules Japan: Popular Participation in the Japanese Legal Process, edited by ANJeL co-directors Leon Wolff (Bond University) and Luke Nottage (University of Sydney) and ANJeL advisor Kent Anderson (University of Western Australia). For more information, please see the discount flyer. This offer is available until 31 July 2015.

Bond University Conference: ANJeL is cosponsoringa conference at Bond Universityentitled “Global Order and Disorder: Governanceand Regulation in the 21st Century”. The hostorganisation is the Transnational, Internationaland Comparative Law and Policy Network (TICLP)and the conference is to be held over 7-8 August 2015. https://ticlpnetwork.wordpress.com and https://www.facebook.com/TICLPNetwork.

Waseda University Conference: The 4th East Asian Law & Society Conference is will hold a conference entitled “The Role of Law in Bridging Chasms In and Among Asian Societies”. The conference will be held 4-6 August 2015 at Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan. Please register to attend. See the bilingual information page at: http://www.sota.j.utokyo.ac.jp/EALS2015/EALS2015HP.html.

Save the date: ANJeL is planning to support a conference entitled “Wounds, Scars, and Healing: Civil Society and Postwar Pacific Basin Reconciliation”, commemorating the 70th anniversary since the end of the war. The conference will be held at the University of Sydney over 30 September - 2 October 2015. The conference will also involve the performance of a noh drama written by USydney Emeritus Professor Allan Marett. Keep the date in your diaries and see the conference information page for further information.

ANJeL membership is free to all. Find out more.

Have your ANJeL newsletters stopped coming? ANJeL is now requesting that all existing members provide a secondary, non-institutional email address to assist in maintaining communications. Contact ANJeL via our new email address: ANJeLinfo@gmail.com.


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 three co-directors: Hitoshi Nasu (ANU), Luke Nottage (USyd) and Leon Wolff (Bond). They are assisted by an Executive Coordinator, two Deputy Directors and a diverse Advisory Board.


ANJeL offers a Research Visitor scheme for scholars and jurists. ANJeL's directors welcome applications at any time.


ANJeL Events

ANJeL organises a number of research events to stimulate intellectual and public debate on issues of Japanese law.


These events range from international conferences, continuing legal education seminars to informal discussion workshops.


ANJeL is also engaging a wide range of media and consultancy activities. ANJeL members and associates receive e-newsletters for updating information about ANJeL activities including the up-coming events.


ANJeL Research

ANJeL promotes research on Japanese law and supports the research by Japanese scholars of Australian law.


The ANJeL website hosts resources on Japanese law for researchers and a selection of publications by ANJeL scholars in Australia and elsewhere.


ANJeL collaborates in promoting the multi-lingual Zeitschrift fuer Japanisches Recht / Journal of Japanese Law, the only Japan-specific law journal published in Western languages. ANJeL encourages members and associates to make submissions on any aspect of Japanese law and justice.


ANJeL Teaching

ANJeL offers a number of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Japanese law at its network of universities.


ANJeL assists in the "Kyoto and Tokyo Seminars" in Japanese Law sponsored by Ritsumeikan University. ANJeL sponsors a team of Australian students to compete at the Japan Intercollegiate Arbitration/Negotiation Competition.


ANJeL awards the Akira Kawamura prize for performance in Japanese law courses at its network of universities and the nationwide ANJeL/Ashurst essay prize in Japanese Law.



Last updated: 23 July 2015