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ANJeL Directors

Three co-directors share responsibility for the research, teaching and other activities of ANJeL: Hitoshi Nasu (ANU), Luke Nottage (USydney) and Leon Wolff (QUT).


Professor Luke Nottage (BCA, LLB, PhD VUW, LLM Kyoto) specialises in arbitration, contract law and consumer product safety law, with a particular interest in Japan and the Asia-Pacific. He is Professor of Comparative and Transnational Business Law at Sydney Law School, founding Co-Director of the Australian Network for Japanese Law, Associate Director of the Centre for Asian and Pacific Law at the University of Sydney, and Comparative and Global Law Program coordinator for the Sydney Centre for International Law. Luke’s publications include Product Safety and Liability Law in Japan (Routledge, 2004), Corporate Governance in the 21st Century: Japan’s Gradual Transformation(Elgar, 2008), International Arbitration in Australia (Federation Press, 2010), Foreign Investment and Dispute Resolution in Asia (Routledge, 2011). Consumer Law and Policy in Australia and New Zealand (Federation Press, 2013) ) and Asia-Pacific Disaster Management (Springer, 2014). . He has, or had, executive roles in the Australia-Japan Society (NSW), the Law Council of Australia’s International Law Section, the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration, and the Australasian Forum for International Arbitration. Luke has also consulted for law firms world-wide, ASEAN, the EC, the OECD, the UNDP and the Japanese government. Email Luke.



Dr Hitoshi Nasu is an Associate Professor at the ANU College of Law, The Australian National University, teaching international law, international security law, international humanitarian law, migration law, and military operations law. He holds Bachelor and Masters degrees in political science from Aoyama Gakuin University and a Masters degree and a PhD in law from the University of Sydney. He is the author of International Law on Peacekeeping: A Study of Article 40 of the UN Charter (Martinus Nijhoff, 2009) and a co-author of Human Rights in the Asia-Pacific Region: Towards Institution Building (Routledge, 2011). He is currently the lead investigator on a Discovery Grant funded by the Australia Research Council for the project titled Developing Australia’s Legal Response to Military and Security Applications of Nanotechnology, with Professor Tom Faunce and Dr Margaret Kosal.

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Associate Professor Leon Wolff

Leon Wolff is an Associate Professor of Law at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). He has honours degrees and university medals in both law and Japanese studies (University of Queensland) as well as masters qualifications in Japanese interpreting and translation (University of Queensland), Asian and comparative law (University of Washington) and higher education (University of Sydney). He is currently completing his doctoral thesis on Japanese litigiousness (Deakin University). Leon has held Australian Research Council grants in Japanese law (2001-2003, 2004-2007) as well as three back-to-back fellowships in Japanese studies from the National Library of Australia, the Japan Foundation and the Australian Government (Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (Endeavour Fellowship) (2008-2009). Most recently he has been a visiting professor at Gakushuin University (July 2012), Nagoya University (October 2014) and Osaka University (May-July 2015) and was awarded a Japan Foundation fellowship (in 2015). He is published in a wide range of areas in Japanese law, including corporate governance, employment relations, gender equity, law and popular culture, and public administration. He co-founded ANJeL in 2003 and has served as co-Director near-continuously between 2003-2009 and 2010-2015.  E-mail Leon Wolff.


ANJeL Executive Co-ordinator

Ana Ubilava is a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney Law School. She works on the topic of investor-state mediation, under the supervision of Prof. Luke Nottage. Before commencing her current studies, Ana worked at the Tbilisi City Hall of Georgia as a lawyer and subsequently as the Head of the Deputy Mayor’s Office. She holds the Bachelor of Laws degree from the Tbilisi State University (Georgia) and the Master of Laws degree from the University of Manchester (UK).

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Past ANJeL Assistants, Sydney

Melanie Trezise studied Arts/Law at the University of Sydney, and Masters of Law at Kyoto University. She competed twice in ANJeL’s “Team Australia” at the INC Negotiation and Arbitration Competition in Tokyo in both English and Japanese, and has worked as research assistant to Luke Nottage. She worked as a lawyer in a major Tokyo law firm and now works as a freelance translator, editor and researcher. Email Melanie

Eriko Kadota studied Arts/Law at the University of Sydney. She took up her position as ANJeL Assistant in July 2011, assisting Luke Nottage with his research and the administration of ANJeL.

Alicia Lyons studied Arts/Law at the University of Sydney. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2008, with majors in Japanese Studies and English. Alicia took up her position as ANJeL Assistant in July 2009. Her work involved assisting Luke Nottage with his research and the administration of the Sydney Judge-in-Residence program.

Glenn Kembrey

Glenn Kembrey studied Arts/Law student at the University of Sydney, majoring in Japanese. His work involved assisting Luke Nottage with his research and the administration of ANJeL.


Last updated: 17 November 2016