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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.




ANJeL, in conjunction with James Cook University Faculty of Law, Business and Creative Arts, will host the 12th ANJeL symposium on Japanese Law on Friday 16 May 2014 in Cairns, co-organised by JCU Associate Prof Justin Dabner. Registration is open to all – please spread the word widely. Whilst the primary focus of the symposium will be on “Japanese Law and Business amidst Bilateral and Regional Free Trade Agreements”, papers on any aspect of Japanese law will be considered.  While registration is free, contributions to ANJeL are welcome ($60 recommended, receipts provided). Numbers are also limited, so attendees need to register by 28 February 2014. The conference program is now available

ANJeL will support a conference in Berlin on “Berlin conference on "Independent Directors in Japan and Other Major Asian Jurisdictions" on 17-19 July, 2014, which will be a two-day conference open to public, plus half-day closed session for editors and authors of a conference volume. The tentative program is available here. For more details, please visit the Japan Law blog

ANJeL will send a team to the 13th Intercollegiate Negotiation (and Arbitration) Competition. Sydney Law School, in cooperation with the Australian Network for Japanese Law (ANJeL), is seeking applications from students to join “Team Australia” to compete in the competition, which will take place in Tokyo 29-30 November 2014. Students, please refer to the call for expressions of interest for further details. We welcome institutional sponsorship (contact luke.nottage@sydney.edu.au) as well as tax deductible gifts from alumni and friends of the team via this form for donations through USydney, or this form via ANU).


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: 08 April 2014