ANJeL Advisory Board
ANJeL consults with its Advisory Board, consisting of: Kent Anderson, Harald
Baum, Meryll Dean, Masako
Kamiya, Masahiro Kohara, Akira
Kawamura, Michael Ryland and
Kent Anderson is a comparative lawyer specialising in Japan. He is the Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) and Professor of Law at the University of Adelaide, Adjunct Professor at the Australian National University and a founding Co-Director (now Advisory Board member) of ANJeL. Kent has an eclectic background, having completed tertiary studies in Japan, US, and UK, and working first as a marketing manager with a US regional airline, then as a practicing commercial lawyer in Hawaii, and, before joining ANU, as associate professor at Hokkaido University School of Law. He has also been a visiting professor at Waseda, Nagoya, and Chuo Universities in Japan. Outside of work, Kent enjoys brewing Ales, listening to the Blues, and playing with his Child - the ABCs of life.
Professor Dr Harald Baum is Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Japan Department at the Max-Planck-Institute for Foreign Private and Private International Law, Hamburg, Germany; Priv.Doz., University of Hamburg; Research Associate, European
Corporate Governance Institute, Brussels, Belgium; Founding
and Executive Editor: Zeitschrift
für Japanisches Recht / Journal of Japanese Law
(ZJapanR, which ANJeL now collaborates in); and Vice-president,
Lawyers Association (an ANJeL affiliate). Dr Baum is
an expert in comparative commercial law, with numerous publications
on business law, corporate governance, takeovers, and capital
markets regulation in Germany, the EU, Japan, and the U.S.,
comparative law, and private international law.
is Head of the Law Department at Oxford Brookes University,
England. She was previously Legal Assistant to the House
of Lords Select Committee on the European Communities and
held various academic posts at in the School of Legal Studies
at Sussex University, England. Professor Dean has published
one of the leading textbooks on Japanese law: The Japanese
Legal System (London, Cavendish, 2002) and has written in
the areas of Japanese public and constitutional law. Her
most recent research has been on Article 9 of the Japanese
Constitution, the role of the Self- Defence Forces and the
legality of their participating in international operations.
The most recent published work on this is a Chapter "Renouncing
Peace in a Time of War – Japan’s Constitutional
Conundrum" in Paul Eden and Thérèse O'Donnell
(eds), 11 September 2001: A Turning Point in International
and Domestic Law? (Ardsley, New York, Transnational Publishers,
2005). In addition to this work, her current research is
looking at asylum and immigration law in Japan and will
also consider the issue of human trafficking. In December
2004 she gave a guest lecture at Waseda University entitled
"Enforcing International Legal Norms: Asylum and Immigration
in Japan and the United Kingdom". She visited Sydney
around the week of the 23 February conference.
Masahiro Kohara is the Consul-General of Japan. He assumed his post in April 2010. Graduating from Tokyo University, Mr. Kohara joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) in 1980. He has been appointed to the consulate-generals of Japan in Hong Kong (1993-96) and Los Angeles (2005-07), as well as the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations (1996-99). Within the Ministry itself he served as Deputy Director, Press Division (1989-91), Deputy Director, Loan Aid Division, (1991-1993), Director, Regional Policy Division (1999-01), and Deputy Director-General, Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau. He has also taught at Kyushu University, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, and Waseda University, and gained his doctorate in International Relations from Ritsumeikan University.
Kamiya, a graduate of Tokyo University, is Professor
of Law at Gakushuin University, specialising in Anglo-Commonwealth
and American constitutional law. She also teaches Legal
Informatics and American Law at the new Law School at Gakushuin
is a partner at Anderson
Mori & Tomotsune, one of Tokyo's largest law firms,
and has an extensive general corporate and litigation practice
with numerous large multinational domestic and foreign clients.
He specializes in corporate, M&A, intellectual property,
international trade, entertainment, publication, energy
and real property law. He is a corporate auditor [kansayaku]
and board member [torishimariyaku] of a number of Japanese
companies, and is also an experienced arbitrator/mediator.
He is also an influential member of the Japanese Bar, having
served as Executive Vice President of the Dai-ni Tokyo Bar
Association, Executive Director of the Japan Federation
of Bar Associations (Nichibenren) and Chairman of the Japan
Federation of Bar Associations' Foreign Lawyers and International
Legal Practice Committee. He was a Visiting Professor from
2001-3 at Kyoto University's Faculty of Law, where he graduated
with an LLB in 1965. Akira Kawamura also obtained a LL.M
from the University of Sydney in 1979, and trained at a
law firm in Australia. His publications (as editor-in-chief/author)
include Australia Law and Business (1979) and Law
and Business in Japan (new ed, 2000).
Ryland is a commercial lawyer at Blake Dawson with 20 years experience as a practising
lawyer in both Australia and Japan and also as a government
policy adviser. He specialises in cross border investment
involving Australia and Japan and practises in the areas
of mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financing,
corporate restructuring and international joint ventures.
He has worked in Australia, Japan and Indonesia, including
eight years as a partner in an Australian based international
law firm, and two years as a Commissioner of the Australian
Law Reform Commission. Michael is also a Visiting Fellow
of the Macquarie University Applied Finance Centre.
Veronica L. Taylor is the Director of the School of Regulation, Justice and Diplomacy at Australian National University (ANU) and Professor in the Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet) at ANU. She is also an Affiliate Professor of Law and Senior Advisor to the Asian Law Center at the University of Washington, where she was the Center Director 2001-2010.
Her work focuses on socio-legal approaches to commercial law in Asia, applied regulatory theory, and rule of law promotion. She has 20 years’ experience designing rule of law interventions in Asia and has directed multiyear legal reform projects in Afghanistan, rural China and Indonesia.
Her most recent publications include a book, edited with Per Bergling and Jenny Ederlöf, Rule of Law Promotion: Global Perspectives, Local Applications (Iustus FörIag, 2009) and ‘Rule of Law Assistance Discourse and Practice: Japanese Inflections’ in Amanda Perry-Kessaris (ed) Law in the Pursuit of Development: Principles into Practice (Routledge, 2010). In 2010 she was the inaugural Hague Visiting Professor in Rule of Law at the Hague and the Van Vollenhoven Institute, University of Leiden: Veronica.Taylor@anu.edu.au
Smith was the dean of comparative Asian law in
Australia. Educated at University of Melbourne and Harvard,
he went on to establish the Asian Law Centres at both University
of British Columbia and University of Melbourne, where he
was Foundation Professor of Asian Law. In 2004, he joined
Chuo University Law School as Professor of Asian Law. Mal
was a founding Advisor to ANJeL and one of its most dedicated
supporters. Malcolm Smith passed away unexpectedly in July
Last updated: 03 February 2012