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Programs and Courses


Kyoto / Tokyo and Canberra / Gold Coast Seminars

ANJeL also teaches intensive courses in Japan with Ritsumeikan University, the Kyoto and Tokyo Seminars in Japanese Law. These courses are available for credit through the various ANJeL institutions in Australia. Along with the Kyoto and Tokyo Seminars, ANJeL teaches an intensive course in Australia for Japanese students, the Canberra Seminar in Australian Law. This course is available for credit from various ANJeL partner institutions in Japan.

For more information on course content, registration procedures and tuition fees, please see the official website at http://www.ritsumei.ac.jp/japanese-law/kyoto-seminar or http://sydney.edu.au/law/caplus/kyoto_tokyo_program.shtml and http://programsandcourses.anu.edu.au/course/LAWS8171. For details on obtaining institutional credit, contact your home university or ANJeLinfo@gmail.com.

An article Zeitschrift fuer Japanisches Recht (Journal of Japanese Law) by JSPS fellow Giorgio Fabio Colombo provides an overview of the Kyoto/Tokyo Seminars. The manuscript of that article is available in both English and Italian.


Kyoto/Tokyo Seminar in Japanese Law

2013 Seminars: The 2013 Kyoto and Tokyo Seminars in Japanese Law were held successfully over 6-9 and 12-13 February. The Kyoto Seminar had 16 Japanese student participants, along with 45 from other countries (25 of whom were from the University of Sydney, 9 from ANU and 6 others from other Australian universities. The Tokyo Seminar had 35 student participants: 2 from Japan and 33 from other countries (24 of whom were from the University of Sydney and 6 others from other Australian universities).

2012 Seminars: The Kyoto Seminar was held over 6-10 February 2012, and the Tokyo Seminar was held 13-16 February 2012.

2011 Seminars: The Kyoto and Tokyo Seminar intensive courses in Japanese Law were offered over 7-17 February 2011.

2010 Seminars: The 2010 Seminars were held over 8-18 February 2010

2009 Seminars: The Kyoto Seminar was offered over 9-13 February, 2009. The Tokyo Seminar was held at the Tokyo Campus of Ritsumeikan University over 16-20 February, 2009.

2008 Seminars: The Kyoto Seminar was held over 12-15 February 2008 and the Tokyo Seminar was held over 18-22 February 2008.

2007 Seminars: A panel discussion "Beyond Borders in the Classroom: The Possibilities of Transnational Legal Education" co-hosted by Ritsumeikan School of Law and ANJeL on 10th February 2007 and sponsored by Japan’s Ministry of Education, which covers the merits of programs such as the Kyoto Seminar, is available here.

Canberra Seminar on Australian Law

The Canberra Seminar in Australian Law is a two-week program that introduces students to the basics of Australian law. Currently there are two universities - Aoyama Gakuin University and Ritsumeikan University - participating in this program on a regular basis. The interest in the program has grown over the years, from just 20 students in 2007 to 50 students (with the participation of Osaka University) in 2012.

During the first week students attend intensive Legal English Language classes. In the second week, students are introduced to different areas of Australian law such as public law, criminal law, contracts, torts and Australian indigenous law by ANU law lecturers. Over the two-week period, students also have the opportunity to visit Australia’s iconic sites around Canberra including the Federal Parliament, the High Court of Australia, the Australian War Memorial, and Gold Creek Sheep Station. During their stay, students are hosted by families in Canberra, and learn to use the local buses to get around. They also have a great time enjoying the shopping delights of the Canberra Centre.

Details of past Canberra Seminars are available here.


Gold Coast Seminar on Australian Law

The Gold Coast Seminar on Australian Law, held at Bond University, introduces students to Australian law and culture over a two-week program, with a focus on comparative perspectives. The course includes excursions related to Australian culture and law. The Gold Coast Seminar for 2013 was held from 26 August to 6 September 2013 and was coordinated by ANJeL Co-director Leon Wolff.


Courses on Japanese Law available at the University of Sydney and the Australian National University

The ANJeL directors offer a number of courses on Japanese law at their respective institutions.

At the Australian National University, Trevor Ryan teaches Japanese Law and Society, a Summer intensive course cross-listed in both the Faculty of Law and Faculty of Asian Studies.

At the University of Sydney, Luke Nottage convenes Japanese Law,  an elective for upper-year LLB or JD law students, and one or two Japanese Law units at postgraduate level. These courses are now taught for USydney credit in Japan in the first half of February as the Kyoto and Tokyo Seminars. ANJeL Advisor Mr Akira Kawamura kindly provides a $750 course prize for the best-performing student in Japanese Law, as well as a $750 scholarship for a student enrolled through USydney who demonstrates financial hardship.

At Bond University, Leon Wolff teaches an elective on Law and Investment in Japan. Students may took this course as a face-to-face learning experience on the Gold Coast, online if cross-institutionally enrolled or as course credit towards ANJeL’s Kyoto and Tokyo Seminars on Japanese Law.



Last updated: 18 November 2013