Prominent legal scholar to speak on legal reform in Japan

Professor Setsuo Miyazawa, Japan’s most prominent socio-legal scholar, will speak on legal reforms in Japan, Friday, October 25, at UC Santa Cruz.

 The talk, “Japan’s Legal Reform and Its Socio-Political Significance and Legal Ramification in Today’s East Asia,” is scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m. in room 301 at College Eight on the UCSC campus.

 Miyazawa has been active in the promotion of judicial reform in Japan and is the most prominent proponent of the introduction of American-style graduate professional law schools in Japan. He founded the Collaborative Research Network in East Asian Law & Society, which now has a journal, Asian Journal of Law & Society.

 Miyazawa is currently teaching at UC’s Hastings College of Law in San Francisco. He has also been a full-time faculty member at Hokkaido University, Kobe University, Waseda University, Omiya Law School, and Aoyama Gakuin University in Japan, and has taught as a visiting professor at the law schools of York University in Canada, the University of Washington, Harvard University, UC Berkeley, UCLA, New York University, the University of Hawaii, the University of Pennsylvania, and Fordham University.

 His research interests include police and criminal justice, legal ethics, public

interest lawyering, legal education, and corporate legal practice. He has published and edited more than a dozen books, including Policing in Japan (1992), which received the Distinguished Book Award of International Criminology of the American Society of Criminology.

 The talk is co-sponsored by the UCSC departments of sociology and East Asian studies.