ANJeL offers a number of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Japanese law at its network of universities.
ANJeL assists in the “Kyoto and Tokyo Seminars” in Japanese Law sponsored by Ritsumeikan University. ANJeL sponsors a team of Australian students to compete at the Japan Intercollegiate Arbitration/Negotiation Competition.
Programs and Courses
ANJeL 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 www.ritsumei.ac.jp/japanese-law/kyoto-seminar or sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/experiential-learning/offshore-study-opportunities.html and programsandcourses.anu.edu.au/course/LAWS8171. For details on obtaining institutional credit, contact your home university or ANJeLinfo@gmail.com.
An article in Zeitschrift für Japanisches Recht (Journal of Japanese Law) by JSPS fellow Giorgio Fabio Colombo provides an overview of the Kyoto/Tokyo Seminars.
These events are held annually and ANJeL welcomes expressions of interest for participation in future years.
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.
Brisbane Seminar on Australian Law
The Brisbane Seminar on Australian Law, held at the Queensland University of Technology, 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 Brisbane Seminar was formerly run at Bond University from 2013–2015 and was known as the Gold Coast Seminar on Australian Law. From 2016, it runs from QUT.
Courses on Japanese Law available at the the Australian National University, Queensland University of Technology and University of Sydney
The ANJeL directors offer a number of courses on Japanese law at their respective institutions.
- the Queensland University of Technology offers an elective in Japanese law for face-to-face or external study each Australian summer. Students may alternatively complete the unit requirements by attending the Kyoto and Tokyo Seminars at Ritsumeikan University, although places are limited and selection criteria applies.
- the University of Sydney offers 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 USyd 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 USyd who demonstrates financial hardship.