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Legal Society at the Hokkaido University

Since its inauguration on April 1, 1960, the objectives of the Legal Society at the Hokkaido University have been to conduct researches on the theories, the history, and the practice of law and politics. The members of this society include professors, associate professors, lecturers, and assistants of the Faculty of Law (Before the establishment of an independent Faculty of Law in 1963, it consisted of members from the Department of Law and Department of Political Science in the Faculty of Economics). Some of the tasks that the society carries out are as follows:1) holding research seminars and lectures; 2) publishing the journal of this organization; 3) any other tasks that the society feels necessary to carry out; at present, the society functions and carries out their task to expand task #1. The research seminars are conducted once every month. Without confining themselves to their specific majors and specialties, professors, graduate students, and professors from other universities participate in these seminars, and present their research and hold discussions. Often, we have guest speakers from overseas to attend, as well as present at these research seminars.

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Workshops & Graduate Seminars

Public Law Research Seminar:

This research seminar examines the latest court cases concerning constitutional law and administrative law, holds discussions based on presentations of the members of this seminar, as well as holds research presentations of masters and doctoral theses. The members of this research seminar include professors, graduate students, leaving the door open for any other researchers on public law within the Hokkaido Prefecture.
It is often the case in other research seminars that constitutional law and administrative law is divided and handled separately, but the unique characteristic of this research seminar is that researchers of both constitutional and administrative law come together and conduct joint examinations on issues that concern both these laws. This research seminar has become a place that represents the latest trends of academic conferences taking place in other parts of the country, as well as becoming an integral part of the graduate school curriculum (students are able to obtain six credits from this seminar). This seminar also provides training on research on legal precedents for students of the doctoral program.
[40 Members (of which 18 are from outside the Faculty); holds 20 times annually]

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Research Seminar on the Legislation Process at the Hokkaido University:

This research seminar began in 1980 in the Faculty of Law, by members that consisted of those related to constitutional law and political science. The objectives of this research seminar are to conduct joint researches on legislation process, exchange information, and gather sources. Those outside of the Faculty who are participants of this seminar include people who have practical experience in legislation, as well as specialists on research on legislation process. In the joint researches, we have the cooperation of the members of the Cabinet Legislation Bureau of both the upper and lower houses of the Diet, as well as members of the administrative agency. Thus, we are able to conduct researches and become the bridge between the academic and the practical world.
The latest result of the joint research is Professor Mutsuo Nakamura’s GiinRippou no Kenkyuu [Research on legislation of members of the Diet] (Shinzan Publishing, 1993), which was published with the help of the financial aid of the Ministry of Education.
[21 members (of which 13 are outside of the Faculty); holds twice a year]

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Civil Law Research Seminar:

The members of this research seminar consists of professors, graduate students, and local researchers who are interested in civil law gather to present their research on precedents concerning civil law, as well as presenting general research reports and holding discussions. It is held every Friday throughout the semester, and as a principle have two presentations. This research seminar is significant to the education of the graduate students of civil law, and is and integral part of the curriculum of the graduate program.
[6o members (of which 35 are outside the Faculty); holds 26 times annually]

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Criminal Law Research Seminar:

In this research seminar, we examine the latest precedents concerning criminal law. Also, members of this seminar join to present their own personal research. The objective is to deepen each other’s research. This seminar is also part of the graduate school curriculum.
[24 members (of which 9 are outside the faculty); holds 17 times annually]

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Sapporo Criminal Law Research Seminar (Joint):

In this research seminar, we hold discussions on issues concerning the criminal law with practitioners (such as members of the local court, prosecutors, lawyers) of criminal law. The objective of this research seminar is to deepen the understanding as well as maintain a good relationship with those in the practical world.
[50 member (of which 26 are from outside the faculty); holds twice a year]

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Research Seminar on Precedents concerning Labor Law:

Examining precedents concerning labor law is central to this research seminar. However, we have started a comparative analysis on the latest trends in legislation as well. The results of this seminar include the publication of the “Journal on Legislation” and the “Journal on Labor Law.” (both in Japanese) This research seminar is also a part of the graduate school curriculum.
[30 member (of which 10 are from outside the faculty); holds 30 times annually]

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Social Welfare Law Research Seminar:

In this research seminar, we examine judgments and precedents concerning social welfare law, as well as doing a comparative analysis on the latest trends in legislation. Members hold discussions with each other, and take into consideration the opinions of others in charge of administration. The result of this research seminar is a journal called “Wage and Social Welfare.”
[20 member (of which 10 are outside the faculty); holds ten times a year]

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Legal Theory Research Seminar: HomePage(Japanese)

The objective of this research seminar is to hold discussions concerning issues relating to Philosophy of Law, Social Philosophy, Sociology of Law, and Political Philosophy. This research seminar is originally established to follow the latest research on Philosophy of Law in April of 1995.
[20 members (of which 10 are from outside the faculty); holds 10 times a year]

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Roman Law Research Seminar:

In this research seminar, we examine the Roman law and its influences that became on origin of the development of law in the present day. We try to look at primary sources of Western Law, and examine the effect on the study of law in the present day. The objective is to master the ability to utilize sources and references. Since 1982, this research seminar has been under the direction of Professor Kosuge. We have had many honorable guest speakers that are well known in the study of Roman law from Munich University, Amsterdam University, and University of Bonn at our research seminar.
[18 members (of which 14 are from outside the faculty); holds 12 times a year]

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English-American Law Research Seminar:

This research seminar originally started as “American Public Law Research Seminar” that was held 26 times between 1986 to 1992. In September of 1993, it had expanded into the present research seminar. We have not only confined ourselves to just American law, but also extended our field to English as well as EC law. We examine public, private as well as the basics in the study of law. We conduct presentations, literary critique, and also present precedents (consisting mostly of those from the American Supreme Court). We also sponsor guest lectures of academicians from overseas. Members of this research seminar include professors of this faculty, as well as local academicians on English and American law, as well as comparative law.
[30 members (of which 12 are from outside the faculty); holds 8 times a year]

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Political Science Research Seminar:

1) A place for exchange of academic information as well as a place for personal exchange of those who study political science in Sapporo’s university, research organization, and administrative institution.
2) To increase the knowledge of the members through presentations on the latest research in political science
3) To educate the graduate students and to deepen their understanding in other areas of political science besides their own specialty; to increase their analytical ability and presentation skills
4) We publish a journal every year
5) Is also a part of the graduate program
[57 members (of which 31 are from outside the faculty); holds 10 times a year]

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Sapporo Medical Law Research Seminar:

The basic objective of this research seminar is to discuss issues concerning medicine and law, and was established in May 1986 to become a place for academicians and practitioners of law, and those involved in the medical arena to come together and research and discuss issues concerning medicine and law. At first, the topics included issues that surrounded law only, but recently, we have started to discuss issues concerning medical insurance policy, insurance economy, ethics of life, the relationship between the aging society and medical system, and study of medical decision, thus, allowing us to see for ourselves the importance of issues and problems concerning the practice of medicine. The field of medical law will become more significant in the future.
[50 members (of which 40 are from outside the faculty); holds 10 times a year]

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Local Autonomy Law Research Seminar:

Participants of this research seminar not only include those from the university,but also those from local communities, lawyers. We gather to discuss precedents, as well as hold literary critique, presentations and case studies concerning issues of local autonomy. We have presented our results of our research in different journals. This research seminar was established in 1988.
[40 members (of which 30 are from outside the faculty); holds 10 times a year]

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Economic Law Research Seminar:

This research seminar was established to examine and analyze anti-monopoly policy, as well as government restrictions on economic activity (this includes easing of restrictions also), and industrial policy in a legal and economic perspective. We do not only examine issues that the Committee on fair transaction have brought to attention, but also the activity of the committee itself in a legal and economic perspective. This is also a place for members to present the results of their research concerning economic law. Academicians of economic law from outside Hokkaido such as Kanto and Kansai area have come to join us, as well as staff members from the Agency of the Committee on fair transaction. We have also had academicians from overseas as guest speakers.
[20 members (of which 10 are from outside the faculty); holds 12 time annually]

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Research Seminar on Theories of Civil Law:

The objective of this seminar include presenting and discussing theoretical issues concerning civil law and related areas. In the Civil Law Research Seminar, they look at precedents and this research seminar was established in September 1992 to follow that particular seminar. Some of the topics we discuss include theory on methods of interpretation, theory on rights of ownership, theory on contemporary contract law (including system contract), theory on unfair competition, post modern theory on family law, theory on civil law from the perspective of sociology of law, and legal economics, and theory on legal education. Often we conduct our research seminar in a form of literary critique.
[20 members; holds six times a year]

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Globalization Research Seminar: HomePage(Japanese)

This graduate seminar aims to bring together researchers, practitioners and journalists who deal with the issues relating to the phenomenon called globalization. The topics we examined in the Spring Term 1999 included the changing of military technology and strategies, neo-liberalism and Americanism, currency crisis, the role of the State in the age of globalization, and covered areas such as North Korea, Taiwan Strait, China, ASEAN, Okinawa. During the Spring Term 2000, we focus on the transformation of the central government in a globalized world, inviting a bureaucrat every week from Tokyo. See our Home Page for the programmes for Autumn Term 1999 and Spring Term 2000.
[Open seminar, with no specific membership, roughly twice a month]

Updated on November 29, 2013