2017 250 Japanese law and society
[Lecture Course Basic Information]
|Course Periods:||Thu 3|
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|Outline of Lecture Course||This seminar provides students opportunities to learn and discuss the actual functioning of Japanese law and legal system in its social context. This semester we are focusing on the reality of legal resolution of private disputes in Japan. Lecturer suggests reading materials (law articles) for each session. Topics may include, but not limited to;
A. Reluctant litigants? Legacy of Kawashima theory
B. Socio-legal process of dispute resolution―different strategies in different areas
(1) automobile accidents, (2) environmental pollution, (3)neighborhood noise disputes, (4) product liability (5) family disputes etc.
C. Court procedure for civil disputes
(1) Analysis of the Japanese judiciary, (2) Roles of judge and parties in civil procedure, (3) Small claims litigation/mediation
|Course Objectives||Each student picks one topic or more, according to the number of participants, prepares handout that briefly describes what is argued in the material and his or her own opinion, and presents it for class discussion. Students other than the presenter must read materials in advance and actively participate in discussion. Through such efforts, students are expected to obtain basic knowledge and insights on the reality of the Japanese legal system.|
Discussion Topics and Reading Materials
5. Legal Education
Riles, Annelise, and Takashi Uchida. "Reforming Knowledge-A Socio-Legal Critique of the Legal Education Reforms in Japan." 1 Drexel Law Review, 2009, pp.3-51.
|Assessment||Grades will be based on the quality of presentation, contribution to class discussion, and after-presentation report.|
|Other Notes||For the convenience of the course preparetion, the lecturer asks students to contact her (firstname.lastname@example.org) by October 3.|
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