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ANJeL is pleased to host the first event below in Brisbane, and co-host the second at UNSW (as well as the 10 August CAPLUS symposium on Consumer and Contract Law Reform in Asia).


Venue: 1 July, Queensland University of Technology, Law Faculty Board Room, C Block

Registration (free):

Abstract: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo assumed office for the Liberal Democratic Part in a landslide victory in 2012. In the process, Japan’s foray into two-party politics collapsed and a new economic orthodoxy (dubbed ‘Abenomics’) was born. But what has happened to Japanese law and society under Abe’s leadership? The theme of this conference is to debate whether Abe’s administration is transforming Japanese law in its institutional design and its socio-economic impact. Is it possible to discern an “Abe-prudence”?


Welcome: 12:30pm
A/Professor Leon Wolff (QUT), 'Abe and the Law: From Abenomics to Abeprudence?
Lunch: 12:30-1:30

Foreign and security policy: 1:30-3:30
Nikolay Murashkin (Cambridge), 'Shinzo Abe’s Foreign Policy, Its Dilemmas and Contradictions: Values to Pragmatism, between Status Quo and Revisionism, Mixing Elitism, Populism and Clientelism
A/Professor Hitoshi Nasu (ANU), 'Japan's New Security Legislation and the Right of Collective Self-Defence'
Professor Veronica Taylor (ANU), 'Projecting Japanese Law Abroad: Abe, ASEAN and Asian Transnational Legal Orders'

Economic law and policy: 3:30-5:00
Professor Luke Nottage (Sydney), 'The TPP's Investment Chapter: Prospects for Ratification and more Foreign Investment in Japan'
A/Professor Leon Wolff (QUT), 'Japan's Robotic Future: Law, Employment and Post-Human Capitalism
Will Barker (Herbert Smith Freshfields), 'Japanese Investment in Australia: The Impact of Abenomics'

Social law and policy: 5:00-5:30
Assistant Professor Trevor Ryan (Canberra), 'Does Japan Need to Downsize? Housing Policy and Law in an Ageing Society
A/Professor Leon Wolff (QUT), Conference Close


Venue: 12 August 2012, UNSW, Law Faculty Building Boardroom, Level 2

Invitation only: contact rosalind.dixon@unsw.edu.au

DRAFT program

9.20am Welcome from Organisers – Professors Rosalind Dixon & Luke Nottage

9.30-11.00 Session 1 - Constitutional Amendment, Interpretation & Informal Change

Papers: Professor Yasuo Hasebe (Waseda), Art 9 & Non-Constitutional Change

Professor Rosalind Dixon (UNSW), Art 9 & Constitutional Change: Constitutional Moment in East-Asia? (with Guy Baldwin, UNSW)

Professor Craig Martin (Washburn), Reinterpreting the Japanese Constitution?

Commentators: Dr Ben Ascione (ANU), TBC
Chair: Prof Luke Nottage (Sydney)

11.00-11.30 Morning Tea

11.30-12.45 Session 2 – Pacificism & the View from International Law & International Relations

Papers: Professor Hitoshi Nasu (ANU) 'Japan’s 2015 Security Legislation: Challenges to its Implementation under International Law'

Dr Hajime Yamamoto (Keio), ‘Pacificism & the Constitution’

Commentators: Professors Fleur Johns (UNSW), Shirley Scott (UNSW)
Chair: Professor Rosalind Dixon (UNSW)

12.45-1.15 Lunch

1.15-2.30 Session 3- Japanese Democracy & Liberalism?

Papers: Dr Luca Siliquini-Cinelli (Deakin), ‘Japan & Universalized Liberalism?’

Ms Stacey Steele (Melbourne), ‘Student Protest & the Voting Age in Japan’

Commentators: Dr Ben Golder (UNSW), Dr Grant Hoole (UNSW)
Chair: Dr Melissa Crouch (UNSW)

2.30 Concluding Remarks/Conference Close

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