ANJeL Workshop: 'Who Judges Japanese Law?'

15 February 2009

In November 2008, ANJeL's edited book, Corporate Governance in the Twenty-First Century: Japan's Gradual Transformation, will be published by Edward Elgar. The book features essays by ANJeL members who are leading academics and lawyers in their respective fields.

ANJeL is now in the initial stages of planning a follow-up volume. Tentatively titled Who Governs Japanese Law? Popular Participation in Japan's Legal Process, the book examines the role of the community in adjudicative and other legal processes in Japan.

The book uses the long-standing debate about who governs Japan as its starting point, but focuses less on the bureaucratic control of the economy and more on popular constraints over elite control of the legal system. Some examples of this include the introduction of the new saiban'in system in Japanese criminal justice, the involvement of union and management representatives in the management of labour disputes as well as greater involvement of shareholders in corporate governance decision-making.

ANJeL welcomes any members who have an interest in the involvement of the community in legal matters to contribute to this book project by attending an informal workshop (time and venue to be confirmed). Participants are asked to prepare a two-page abstract of their proposed contribution so that ideas may be shared in preparation of a book proposal to be submitted to Edward Elgar or other publishers.

Inquiries and abstracts should be directed to

Location: Tokyo, Japan

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