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ANJeL Program Conveners


ANJeL Program Organisers are appointed by ANJeL's Executive Committee to facilitate a variety of specific programs and ANJeL's activities in Japan.



Program Convener (Judges-in-Residence): Ms Stacey Steele

Stacey Steele is Associate Director (Japan) of the Asian Law Centre (ALC) , ANJeL's inaugural affiliate. She was appointed Program Convener to organise the ANJeL-ALC Judges-in-Residence program.

Stacey joined the Asian Law Centre at the Law School, University of Melbourne in 1997 as a research associate and was appointed Associate Director (Japan) in January 2002. Born in Brisbane, Stacey holds degrees from the University of Queensland (BA (Jap)), Monash University (MA (Jap)) and the University of Melbourne (LLB (Hons) and LLM (by thesis)). Stacey commenced articles in March 2000 at a leading Australian commercial law firm and worked as a senior associate in its financial services group, focusing on project/infrastructure and corporate finance. In October 2007, Stacey joined Standard and Poor's Melbourne office as Associate General Counsel with responsibilities for the Asia-Pacific. Stacey has taught Insolvency Law and Corporate Banking and Finance Law, as well as Issues in Japanese Law and in graduate subjects offered by the Centre. She recently co-edited Legal education in Asia: Globalization, Change and Contexts (Routledge, 2010: http://www.routledgeeducation.com/books/Legal-Education-in-Asia-isbn9780415494335). Her other research interests include Japanese insolvency law, law reform, the Japanese legal system and banking law. Stacey practices Chanoyu (The Way of Tea) and is a member of the Urasenke Melbourne Chapter. Stacey is fluent in Japanese.


Program Convenor (Teaching and Learning): Micah Burch

Micah Burch is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the University of Sydney.  He was appointed Program Convenor (Teaching and Learning) to assist with ANJeL’s educational activities.  Micah specialises in taxation law.  Prior to academia, Micah practiced at large corporate law firms in New York City and co-founded a publishing house specialising in translations of popular Japanese books.  A former Fulbright Fellow in Japan and graduate of Princeton University (East Asian Studies) and Harvard Law School, Micah habitually teaches and lectures in Japan.  Email Micah.


Program Convenor (ANJeL-in-Japan: Kanto): Professor Souichiro Kozuka

Souichiro Kozuka is Professor of Law at Gakushuin University Law Faculty, Tokyo. He was appointed Program Convener to coordinate ANJeL activities in Tokyo and Kanto area of Japan. Professor Kozuka specialises in commercial law, with special interest in distribution agreements; transport law, including maritime and aerial law; competition/ intellectual property interface; and regulation of financial institutions. He taught formerly at Chiba University (1995-98) and Sophia University Law School and has been acting as Correspondent of Unidroit (the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law) since 2001 and as a member of IBA (International Bar Association), business law section, since 2002. He was ANJeL research visitor in February 2005. E-mail Professor Kozuka.


Program Convenor (ANJeL-in-Japan): Professor Makoto Ibusuki

Makoto Ibusuki is Professor of Law at Seijo University, Tokyo. He was appointed Program Convener to coordinate ANJeL activities in Kyoto and Kansai area of Japan. Dr Makoto Ibusuki was professor of criminal procedure at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, when he was an ANJeL Research Visitor in 2003. He is also a pioneer in cyberlaw research and teaching both in and outside of Japan, a founding director of the Hojohogakkai (Association for Legal Informatics) and a key member of a study group promoting IT issues in Japan's current wave of reforms to criminal and civil justice. Professor Ibusuki formerly taught in the Faculty of Law and Policy, Kagoshima University in Kyushu (1990-2002) and at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto (2002-2008). He holds a Ph.D. in law from Hokkaido University (1990), a LL.M. from Kanazawa University (1984); and a LL.B. from Shimane University (1982). His major area of research and writing is cyberspace law and criminal procedure. He was ANJeL research visitor in 2003 and a visiting scholar at the John Marshall Law School, Chicago from September 1997-July 1998. E-mail Professor Ibusuki.


Program Convenor (ANJeL-in-Japan: Kansai): Stephen Green

Stephen Green is a law professor and coordinates ANJeL activities in Kansai. He has a LL.M. (International Economic and Business Law) from Kyushu University; a LL.B. (Hons) from the Australian National University; and a B.Sc. (Hons) from the University of Western Australia.


ANJeL-in-ASEAN Convenor: Dr. Dan W. Puchniak

Dr. Dan W. Puchniak is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at the National University of Singapore. He is also currently a Visiting Professor and Global Challenge Visiting Scholar at Seoul National University School of Law. Dan specialises in corporate law with an emphasis on comparative corporate law in Asia. He has published widely on comparative, Asian, Singapore, and Japanese corporate law and governance and is regularly invited to present his scholarship and teach at leading law schools around the world.  Dan has received numerous domestic and international awards for his academic research and teaching. Most recently, Dan was a Visiting Fellow in the Commercial Law Centre at Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. He was also recently selected by the Open Society Foundations to be a Fellow and Visiting Professor in the Department of Law at the University of Yangon. In addition, Dan was recently placed on the National University of Singapore Annual Teaching Excellence Award Honour Roll until 2018 as recognition for receiving the university wide NUS Annual Teaching Excellence Award three times.

Dan is currently the Director of Corporate Law for the NUS Centre for Law & Business (CLB), an Executive Board Member for the NUS Centre for Asian Legal Studies (CALS), and the ASEAN Convener for the Australian Network for Japanese Law (ANJeL). He is also a member of the Editorial Boards of the Max Planck Institute’s Journal of Japanese Law and The Asian Business Lawyer. Prior to entering academia, Dan worked as a corporate commercial litigator at one of Canada’s leading corporate law firms.


Program Convenor (Research and Special Projects): Dr Trevor Ryan

Trevor Ryan is an Assistant Professor at the University of Canberra Faculty of Law. He teaches Legal Theory and Constitutional Law. His other research interests include the relationship between law and demographic change, theories of regulation and activism, and various topics in Japanese law. He has also published a novel about Japanese law, Dear Judge Ichiro. Trevor was a visiting scholar at Chuo University from 2006-2008.


Last updated: 06 May 2016