Course Syllabus

Comparative Studies in Constitutional Law

[Lecture Course Basic Information]

Lecturer: OKOCHI Minori
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Course Type: Lecture
Semester: Spring
Year: 1&2
Course Periods: Mon 3&4 every other week
Credits: 2
Whether mandatory or not: Not mandatory
Classroom: Online lecture. Please refrain from coming to school.


Measures to Prevent the Spread of Novel Coronavirus regarding implementation of this lecture


Outline of Lecture Course

The purpose of this course is to review the fundamentals of constitutional theory, and examine how the theoretical application of Japanese constitutional law to various constitution-related issues compares to that of students’ home countries, while reviewing constitutional theory and its various manifestations in Asian and other countries. Students will learn about the history and fundamental principles of modern constitutions, gain a fundamental understanding of the constitutions of Japan and modern constitutional countries in Western Europe, and review the constitutions of various countries, particularly in Asia. These subjects will be further explored in class discussions in which students will proactively debate various related issues. 

Course Objectives Through of this course, you will able to
1) acquire the basic knowledge of the history and grand theory of modern Constitution;
2) acquire the basic knowledge of Constitutional system in Japan and some developed countries; and
3) discuss on Constitutional law and issues in selected Asian countries.
Textbooks Not specified.
Course Materials/Supplementaries

Detailed summaries will be distributed at every class.

See Generally,

Shigenori MATSUI, The Constitution of Japan, Hart publishing 2011.

Rosenfeld & Sajo (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Constitutional Law, Oxford University Press 2012.


Your final grade will be calculated according to the following process: attendance and participation of discussion (50%), Mid-term report & Final report (40%), and  other assignment (10%).

Prerequisites  Nothing in particular.
Instructions for Out-of-Class Study  You can receive the additional instruction in classroom.
Responding to Student Questions  See the Student Handbook.
Other Notes  This class will be online by this canvas system. This class begins on April 20. To find out more, click here.


Lecture Theme Lecture Course Description Learning outside the class Related page


April 13



April 27

Historical development of modern constitutions (1)(lecture)


May 18

Historical development of modern constitutions(2) (lecture)


June 1

Comparative study on historical development of various countries (presentation)


June 15

History of the Japanese Constitution (lecture)


June 29

Institution of / for government in Japan (lecture)


July 13

System for protection of human rights in Japan (lecture)


July 27

Final report (submission)

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