Who We Are

The Center for Japanese Legal Studies is the only center of its kind in the United States. The Center actively promotes research on Japanese law, aided by the country’s premier collection of Japanese legal materials.  The Center also strives to be the principal source of intellectual exchange between the legal professions of the United States and Japan. For a quick overview of our programs, please see our newsletters.

Nobuhisa Ishizuka
Meet the Executive Director

Learn more about Mr. Nobuhisa Ishizuka, the Center's Executive Director.

Conference Explores Constitutional Reform in Japan

The Center for Japanese Legal Studies held a conference on March 13, 2019, called "Constitutional Reform in Japan -- Prospects, Process and Implications." You can also find out more about the conference, including audio recordings, and read about Center activity highlights.

Workshop Examines U.S.-Japan Alliance and International Law
Workshop Examines U.S.-Japan Alliance and International Law

The Center partnered with the National Security Law Program and the National Defense Academy of Japan to convene international experts to consider differing interpretations of the role of international law in the U.S.-Japan alliance and the implications for regional security in East Asia.


Strengthening the U.S.-Japan Alliance
Strengthening the U.S.-Japan Alliance

The Center’s recent publication examines how differing approaches to use of force and understandings of individual and collective self-defense shape an alliance often hailed as the “cornerstone” of peace in the Asia-Pacific.

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Publications & Pamphlets

The Center for Japanese Legal Studies periodically describes important events in the form of a pamphlet.

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The best way to find out about the activities of the Center for Japanese Legal Studies is to read our newsletters, which outline key events, visits by eminent scholars, and highlight the important work of the center.