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 Advanced Lecture (Japan and International Law)(E)

[Lecture Course Basic Information]

Lecturer: MIZUSHIMA, Tomonori
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Course Type: Lecture
Semester: Spring
Year: 2-4
Course Periods: Mon 14:45-16:15
Credits: 2
Whether mandatory or not: no
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Outline of Lecture Course

International law may be defined as rules of action which are binding upon States in their relations with one another. This course is designed to examine Japan's involvement in international law. The course topics will include "Japan as a Member of the United Nations", "Japan and the Right of Self-Defence" and "Japan's Contribution to the Rule of Law in the International Society".

Course Objectives

The aim of this course is to develop an understanding of Japan in the light of international law.

Textbooks

There is no set text.

Course Materials/Supplementaries

Course handouts will be posted on the NUCT around two weeks in advance of each lecture.

Assessment

Students are required to write an essay after each lecture. The maximum score of each essay is 100 points. The average score of the essays each student submits will be his/her final score, on the basis of which his/her grade is determined.

Prerequisites

None

Instructions for Out-of-Class Study

Students are expected to attend each lecture after having a look at the course handout and to write an essay after each lecture.

Responding to Student Questions

Questions are welcomed after each lecture. If an appointment is necessary, please send an e-mail in advance.

Other Notes

This course mostly overlaps "Contemporary Japanese Diplomacy" in the spring semester of 2019. Those students who took "Contemporary Japanese Diplomacy" in 2019 should not take this year’s course of "Advanced Lecture (Japan and International Law)".

Students who take this course may also be interested in "Introduction to International Economic Law" and/or "Special Problems (International Law Moot Court Competition)" in the autumn semester.

NB (10 April 2020)This course of "Advanced Lecture (Japan and International Law)" will most likely be taught again in the spring semester of 2021. Thus, in the situation concerning the COVID-19 outbreak, it is recommended that students should consider taking this course next year. Should any of you nevertheless have a good reason for taking this course this year, please follow the instructions posted on the NUCT.

NB (14 April 2020): The essence of the instructions posted on the NUCT is as follows.

If any of you have a good reason for taking this course this year, please submit an essay of around 3,000 words about one or several of the following papers which I have published and which more or less concern Japan’s involvement in international law. Please send an e-mail to me by the end of April and tell me the reason why you would like to take this course this year. I will then send you back the papers in the PDF format. The deadline for submitting an essay will be 31 July, Friday. I will make some comments on the essay around the middle of August.

[1] ‘Case Report: Yamaguchi v United States, Supreme Court of Japan, April 12, 2002’, The American Journal of International Law, Vol 97, No 2, pp 406-411 (2003)

[2] ‘Foreign State Immunity in Japanese Courts at the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century’, The Japanese Annual of International Law, No 50, pp 99-123 (2007)

[3] ‘The Settlement of a Private Person’s Claim against a Foreign “State”: The Case of Japan’s Foreign State Immunity Act’, Chinese (Taiwan) Yearbook of International Law and Affairs, Vol 30, pp 31-47 (2012)

[4] ‘The Significance of the Recent Enactment of Japan’s Sovereign Immunity Act in the New Age of Globalization’, in Andrew Byrnes et al (eds), “International Law in the New Age of Globalization”, pp 367-387 (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2013)

[5] ‘Case Report: Korean Film Export & Import Corp v Fuji Television Network, Inc, Supreme Court of Japan, December 8, 2011’, The American Journal of International Law, Vol 107, No 3, pp 627-631 (2013)

[6] ‘Law-Making Process concerning State Jurisdiction over Artworks Loaned from Abroad: Implications of the Exhibition of “Treasured Masterpieces from Taipei”’, Chinese (Taiwan) Yearbook of International Law and Affairs, Vol 33, pp 11-20 (2015)

 

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International law may be defined as rules of action which are binding upon States in their relations with one another. This course is designed to examine Japan's involvement in international law. The course topics will include "Japan as a Member of the United Nations", "Japan and the Right of Self-Defence" and "Japan's Contribution to the Rule of Law in the International Society".

 

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