• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Kent Anderson
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Summer Session 2015
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Kyoto Seminar: Japanese Law in the Global Era (LAWS8171)

The Kyoto Seminar is a one-week intensive course conducted in Japan in February introducing the fundamentals of Japanese law at the graduate level. 

The Kyoto Seminar project is run by Ritsumeikan University as part of a Japanese Ministry of Education special purpose grant for development of graduate programs in Japan.  For more information on the Kyoto Seminar, see www.ritsumei.ac.jp/japanese-law/kyoto-seminar/.

The objective of the course is to give students sufficient knowledge and perspective to understand current developments in Japanese law and society. The course incorporates seven three-hour lecture sessions taught jointly by Japanese legal experts (predominately from Ritsumeikan University Law School, one of the top private universities in Japan) and foreign comparative law experts (the ANJeL co-directors).  The course covers the basic history and structure of Japanese law; the role of law in Japanese society (eg, criminal justice, civil justice, and gender and the law); and a number of select issues in substantive Japanese law (eg, finance law, business law, and constitutional law)

Beyond the classroom, the course also includes field trips to the Kyoto District Court , the local bar association, and one outside legal institution. Furthermore, a large amount of the educational experience occurs in the exchange among the diverse students taking the course. countries.

Topics will include:

1.   Foundations of Japanese Law

          a.         Japanese Legal History

          b.         Structure of Japanese Legal System

          c.         Legal Education and Profession in Japan

2.   Japanese Legal Society

          a.         Civil Justice

          b.         Criminal Justice

          c.         Gender in Japanese Law

3.   Select Topics in Contemporary Japanese Law

          a.         Business in Japanese Law

          b.         Finance In Japanese Law

          c.         Constitutional Issues in Japanese Law

Other Information

Applications are accepted around October for the following year.  Form more information go to: http://www.ritsumei.ac.jp/japanese-law/kyoto-seminar/

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on

  1. attendance and participation (10%),
  2. a short-question examination covering the material from entire course (30%)
  3. a research paper (60%).  The research paper will be due four weeks from the final day of the Kyoto Seminar program.

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Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the Law School to request a permission code to enrol in this course.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2958
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1291 09 Feb 2015 09 Feb 2015 20 Feb 2015 22 Mar 2015 In Person N/A

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