Highlighted Center Activities

October 12, 2020 -- The Center for Japanese Legal Studies hosted Criminal Justice in Japan – A Comparative Perspective (Watch the recording): Presentation by David T. Johnson, Professor, University of Hawaii, followed by a discussion with Kiyo A. Matsumoto, United States District Judge, Eastern District of New York; moderated by Center for Japanese Legal Studies executive director Nobuhisa Ishizuka.

September 28, 2020 -- The Center for Japanese Legal Studies hosted Marriage Equality, Individual Rights and the Law in Japan (Watch the recording): Presentation by Frank K. Upham, Wilf Family Professor of Property Law, NYU School of Law, followed by a conversation with Suzanne A. Kim, Professor of Law and Judge Denny Chin Scholar at Rutgers Law School; moderated by Center for Japanese Legal Studies executive director  Nobuhisa Ishizuka.

June 9, 2020 -- Mr. Ishizuka moderated a panel, Alternative Facts: The Lies of Executive Order 9066, hosted by the Connecticut Bar Association examining the U.S. history of racial scapegoating, the consequences when alternative facts are substituted for evidence and scientifically supported data, and the role of the media. Joining him on the panel was CT Attorney General William Tong, Office of the Attorney General, Hartford, CT, Lorraine K. Bannai, Seattle University School of Law, and Dr. Karen Korematsu, Founder & ED, Fred T. Korematsu Institute.

April 24, 2020 -- The Center for Japanese Legal Studies participated in East Asia's Response to COVID-19 (Watch the recording): The Directors of the Centers for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean Legal Studies, Ben Liebman, Nobuhisa Ishizuka, and Jeong-Ho Roh at Columbia Law School in a discussed the comparative approaches, lessons, and the potential for trilateral cooperation in combating the virus.

February 17, 2020 -- The Center for Japanese Legal Studies hosted Criminal Justice in the U.S. and Japan: Lessons of the Carlos Ghosn Case: A panel of U.S. and Japanese experts explore the fundamental differences between the U.S. and Japanese criminal justice systems in light of the Ghosn case.

Speakers include Daniel C. Richman, Paul J. Kellner Professor of Law, Daichi Ito*, District Court Judge, Japan, Sayaka Sekimiya*,  Public Prosecutor of Japan; moderated by Nobuhisa Ishizuka, Executive Director Center for Japanese Legal Studies, and Fred Davis, Lecturer in Law; Retired Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP (* panelists are speaking in their personal capacity and any views or opinions expressed do not represent the views of the Japanese Government).

May 27, 2019 -- In Tokyo, Japan, the Center held a lunch-time event for alumni featuring Jane Ginsburg, the Morton L. Janklow Professor of Literary and Artistic Property Law and Faculty Director of Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts, Columbia Law School. A special thank you to Fumihide Sugimoto '93 and Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu for hosting this event.

April 9, 2019 -- The Center for Japanese Legal Studies was excited to present "The Future of the US – Japan Alliance: Advancing the Vision of a Free and Open Indo-Pacific" with Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster, Fouad and Michelle Ajami Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution; Bernard and Susan Liautaud Visiting Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute at Stanford University; and former National Security Advisor to President Donald Trump. Co-hosts included School of International and Public Affairs, The Weatherhead East Asian Institute, The Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies.

March 13, 2019 -- The Center for Japanese Legal Studies co-hosted, with the Council on Foreign Relations, a conference on "Constitutional Reform in Japan:  Prospects, Process and Implications," at Drapkin Lounge, Columbia Law School.  Co-sponsors were the Toshiba Library and the Weatherhead East Asian Institute.

March 14 - 15, 2019 -- The Center for Japanese Legal Studies co-hosted, with the National Defense Academy of Japan, a "Workshop on US - Japan Alliance and the Power of International Law," at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University.

March 14, 2019 --The Center for Japanese Legal Studies hosted The Honorable Shinsuke J. Sugiyama, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the United States, who gave a speech on the current state of U.S.-Japan relations.

February 22, 2019 -- Mr. Ishizuka spoke on "Japan and Constitutional Revision" at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington D.C. as part of its Roundtable Series on Nationalism, Japan, and a Changing Asia.  The event was hosted by Sheila Smith, Senior Fellow for Japan Studies at the Council.  Participants included staff to two U.S. Senators, a senior staff member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, former Department of Defense and National Security Council officials, and a senior editor of the Wall Street Journal.

February 1, 2019 -- Mr. Ishizuka spoke on a panel at the 2019 New York Japan Law Forum.  Joining him on the panel was Michael F. Coyne, Executive Officer of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. and MUFG Bank, and General Counsel of MUFG America.  For the past 20 years the Forum has gathered annually U.S. and Japanese attorneys, in-house counsel and LL.M. students with an interest in Japan, together with guests from other fields including business, finance and medicine.