Socio-legal norms in preventing and managing disasters in Japan and the Asia-Pacific

20 February 2012

Fukushima prefecture, Japan

This conference which takes place 1-2 March 2012 compares the preparedness for large-scale disasters and subsequent responses in Japan, focusing on the earthquake and tsunami that devastated north-east Japan on 11 March 2011 and the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant radiation leaks.

It will explore whether and how socio-legal norms may have differed significantly within Japan regarding the former, primarily a natural disaster; compared to the latter, a 'man-made' or artificial disaster.

It will divided intofour main sessions with the following presenters:

1. Disaster-related socio-cultural and political-economic norms and practices in Japan: Professor Michael Lewis (University of Sydney),Dr Yasuko Claremont (University of Sydney),Dr Rebecca Suter (University of Sydney),Professor Kent Anderson (ANU/Adelaide), Associate Professor Leon Wolff (Bond University), Ms Kylie Fletcher-Johnstone (Bond University).

2. Regulatory frameworks and other legal norms in Japan: Professor Luke Nottage (University of Sydney), Professor Hiroshi Kabashima (Tohoku University), Associate Professor Hatsuru Morita (Tohoku University), Julius Weitzdoerfer (Max Planck Institute), Stacey Steele (Melbourne University) and Associate Professor Jin Chun (Daito Bunka University).

3. Regional comparisons - Indonesia, China, New Zealand, USA: Dr Nirartha Samadhi (BRR Institute), Dr Simon Butt (University of Sydney), Professor David Goodman (University of Sydney), Associate Professor Anxin Zhu (Nanjing University), Associate Professor Vivienne Bath (University of Sydney), Professor Michael Reich (Harvard), Mr Micah Burch (University of Sydney),Professor Elizabeth Toomey(Canterbury University).

4. International frameworks and cooperation: Professor Gillian Triggs (Dean,
Sydney Law School, University of Sydney), Dr Hitoshi Nasu (ANU).

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Lawyers/barristers: attendance at this2 day conference is equal to 11.25 MCLE/CPD unit. For a full program of current MCLE/CPD eligible events, please click here.


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Early bird: $110 inc GST (until February 10, 2012)
Full fee: $220 inc GST (after February 10, 2012)
Sydney Law School Alumni: $176 inc GST
Full time Academic, Government/NGO, ANJeL member, Australia-Japan Society
of NSW member: $110 inc GST
Full time student, University of Sydney Staff, Member of the China Studies Centre, University of Tohoku Law Faculty Staff: Free (ID required)

The final session of the conference on March 2 (4.30pm) will be free to the public.

Contact: Greg Sherington

Phone: +61 2 9351 0202

Email: 05460a2469021a1f4a261c5645190110020f37291c386a0b2a4d182033