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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), 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.




ANJeL thanks Bond University Faculty of Law

ANJeL is now a joint initiative of The Australian National University and the University of Sydney. Bond University, the third sponsoring institution from 2010 until September 2015, has become an ANJeL affiliate. Bond University has played a valuable role in supporting ANJeL's activities, including hosting an ANJeL international conference (2010) and running the Gold Coast Seminar on Australian Law (2011-2015). ANJeL thanks the faculty and its colleagues for its past support of ANJeL and looks forward to new collaborative projects in the future.
Leon Wolff, who co-founded ANJeL in 2003 and has served near-continuously as Director since its inception, has resigned from Bond University and has now joined the Queensland University of Technology. He will remain actively involved in ANJeL's teaching and research activities.
ANJeL also announces two new esteemed colleagues on its Advisory Board. Carolyn Stevens, Professor of Japanese Studies at Monash University; and Ian Williams, partner at Herbert Smith Freehills. ANJeL expresses its gratitude to outgoing advisors, Emeritus Professor Meryll Dean of Oxford Brookes University and Michael Ryland, partner at Ashurst.

Intercollegiate Arbitration and Negotiation Competition: Team Australia will again compete in the Intercollegiate Arbitration and Negotiation Competition in Tokyo. This year’s team brings together 10 students from University of Sydney, University of Melbourne, Australian National University and Monash University. The team is coached this year by Carol Lawson. The team relies on donations and in kind assistance to be able to participate and welcomes offers of assistance. More information

Kyoto/Tokyo Seminar in Japanese Law: The Kyoto Seminar will be held over 8-12 February 2016 and the Tokyo Seminar will be held over 15-16 February 2016. This course is always popular and some institutions offer course credit for student participation. The application period for the Kyoto/Tokyo Seminar in Japanese Law has closed for 2016 however we welcome expressions of interest for future participation.

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 email : 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 co-directors: Hitoshi Nasu (ANU) and Luke Nottage (USyd). They 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 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: 25 November 2015