ALC Brown Bag Seminar - "The Identity of Japanese Law: Observations from Recent Academic Meetings in Japan"
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Professor Malcolm Smith, Professor of Law, Chuo Law School, Tokyo; Professorial Fellow, The University of Melbourne
Japan’s lawyers are engaged in a sustained debate about the nature of their legal system. They have one eye on reforms currently being debated in Japan, and another eye on the exportability of Japanese laws to the Asian region. Professor Smith has had an opportunity to attend several recent conferences and present papers on this area from a common lawyer’s perspective. He will introduce some of the main themes of the debate and discuss the place of teaching about Asian legal systems in the new Japanese Law Schools.
The Brown Bag Seminar will aim at providing an update on current developments in Japan, especially in the area of Asian legal systems.
Malcolm Smith is currently Professor of Law at Chuo Law School in Tokyo, Japan and a Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne. Until the end of March 2004 he was foundation Professor of Asian Law at the Melbourne Law School, where he was Director of the Asian Law Centre from 1987 to 2000.
Since graduating from the Melbourne Law School in 1968, Malcolm has specialised in Japanese Law. He completed LLM degrees at Melbourne and Harvard, and the Harvard SJD in 1976. He has taught at Melbourne, Monash and UBC in Canada.
He has visited the Asian Law Centre regularly since moving to Japan in April 2004.
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