English Contract Law (SS15 – )

This course aims to give students a thorough grounding in the English law of contract and to equip them to engage critically with its rules and principles. The course involves close readings of relevant case law in order to develop students’ skills in common law methodology and reasoning.  Students are encouraged to analyse the strengths and shortcomings of English contract law in addition to understanding legal doctrine. Particular focus is placed on the differences (real or imagined) between English contract law and that of Civilian jurisdictions such as Japan.

Comparative Trusts Law (SS16 – )

This experimental course surveys the law of trusts in a variety of leading jurisdictions, including England & Wales, the USA, and Japan, as well as various international models. Students emerge able critically to discuss the origins of trusts and trust-like institutions in various legal systems, as well as similarities and differences in their rules. Students will be equipped to take a global, comparative perspective on trusts and to evaluate the strengths, weaknesses and tensions in various kinds of trusts and trust-like structures.

An Introduction to Japanese Law (AS16 – )

This series of lectures aims to give students a functional and holistic introduction to Japanese private and public law. Students will emerge understanding the structure of the legal order in modern Japan, with sound knowledge of key areas of Japanese law, both in isolation and in a broader context. Lectures include critical commentary on the strengths and weaknesses of specific areas of Japanese law and comparisons with other systems.

Legal Writing (AS16 – )

This is a seminar course in practical legal research and writing skills, incorporating writing for both legal scholarship and legal practice. Students learn through project-based individual study and a process of group collaboration and discussion leading to iterative refinements to students’ individual work.

Law and Society in Japan: Foreign Perspectives (SS15 – AS15)

This course examines several areas of Japanese law from a socio-legal perspective. Areas of particular focus include the perceptions of Japanese law and society among foreign observers, the accuracy of these perceptions and the extent to which they have adapted over time. Students are also led to consider how far Japanese law and society have been affected by foreign influences, and whether the “specialness” of Japanese law and society has been overstated.

Company Law in the United Kingdom (University of Tokyo School of Law: Summer School 2016)

This annual intensive residential summer school provides law students and junior practitioners with a global perspective on key legal areas. This year’s programme discusses trends in corporate law around the world. I teach on a team of leading scholars and practitioners from many jurisdictions: Professor J. Mark Ramseyer (Harvard Law School), Professor Dr. Harald Baum (Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law), Professor Dan Puchniak (National University of Singapore), Professor Marco Ventoruzzo (Bocconi University & Pennsylvania State University) and Jacques Buhart (McDermott Will & Emery).