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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 University of Sydney Law School at the University of Sydney (USyd) and the School of Law, at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). The core aim of ANJeL is to promote scholarly engagement with Japanese law, especially in Australia.




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Death Penalty in Japan: Principles and Practice:  This seminar will focus on why Japan retains capital punishment, how this institution of state killing has changed in recent years, and why there are conspicuous continuities in Japan’s death penalty policy and practice. More information
Date and Time: Wednesday, 26 April, 6pm – 7.30pm.
Venue: Law Institute of Victoria, 470 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000 (Lecture Theatre)
Co-hosted by the Asian Law Centre and Reprieve Australia
Presenter: Prof David Johnson, University of Hawaii
Commentator: Dr Maiko Tagusari, Hitotsubashi University
Register online

Applications are now open for students at Australian universities to join Team Australia to contest the Intercollegiate Negotiation (and Arbitration) Competition on 18-19 November in Tokyo. Undergraduate, JD, Masters and doctoral students are all highly encouraged to apply. Applications will close at 5pm on 13 April 2017. For more details click here. 

JSAA Conference: ANJeL encourages members and others to attend the Japanese Studies Association of Australia Biennial Conference 2017 (JSAA). The conference will be held at the University of Wollongong on 26‐30 June 2017. For more details please visit: http://www.uowblogs.com/jsaa2017/

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), Leon Wolff (QUT) 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: 19 April 2017