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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 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.




Call for papers:
“Transacting with Asia: Perspectives from Theory and Practice” conference will take place on 30 September 2016 and will be hosted by Queensland University of Technology (Gardens Point Campus, Brisbane). This event will consider the theoretical and practical issues involved in transacting with Asia in the new ‘Asian Century’. Are we approaching the ‘end of history’ in diverse transactional practices and regulations; or is Asia literacy in law as important and urgent as ever. Further information and registration now available
Registration is free – please submit paper proposals to Leon Wolff (l.wolff@qut.edu.au)

Collective self-defence symposium: Together with the UNSW Faculty of Law and the Gilbert & Tobin Centre of Public Law, ANJeL will co-host a symposium on collective self-defence and the Article 9 "peace clause" of Japan's post-War Constitution, on Friday 12 August 2016. Speakers include Profs Yasuo Hasebe (Waseda), Hajime Yamamoto (Keio), Craig Martin (Washburn), A/Prof Hitoshi Nasu (ANU) and Prof Ros Dixon (UNSW, convenor). Places are limited, but ANJeL members may seek to attend by contacting: rosalind.dixon@unsw.edu.au).

Contract and Consumer Law Reform: A number of ANJeL members and other experts will present a seminar on Contract and Consumer Law Reform in Asia hosted by CAPLUS (Centre for Asian and Pacific Law, University of Sydney) on 10 August 2016. Speakers will include Assoc Prof Jeannie Paterson (University of Melbourne), Prof Luke Nottage (University of Sydney), Prof Hiroo Sono (Hokkaido University), Prof Bing Ling (University of Sydney) and Prof Sakda Thanitcul (Chulalongkorn University). For further details and registration, visit: http://sydney.edu.au/news/law/457.html?eventcategoryid=39&eventid=11234

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: 14 July 2016