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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 sent a team to the 13th Intercollegiate Negotiation (and Arbitration) Competition. Sydney Law School, in cooperation with the Australian Network for Japanese Law (ANJeL), put together a team of students to join “Team Australia” to compete in the competition, which was in Tokyo on 29-30 November 2014. The team performed extremely well and placed third overall in the competition.

ANJeL Commemorative Conference: ANJeL will hold its 13th annual conference at Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, on Thursday 12 February 2015 (4-7pm). This conference will reflect on 10 years of the Kyoto and Tokyo Seminars on Japanese Law, a collaborative teaching venture with ANJeL. With over 50 students registered for 2015, this program continues to be popular among Australian law students from USyd, ANU and other schools. Please register your interest via email to anjelinfo@gmail.com.

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 check this webpage and future newsletters for more details.

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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: 18 December 2014