This course uses an in-depth analysis of the Japanese legal system and the process of law in Japan to introduce students to comparative law methodology. By studying the law of a country with a radically different culture than our own (such as Japan), students learn what legislative and theoretical lessons they might apply to their own system. Toward these ends, specific areas of Japanese law are studied. For example, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Property, Torts, Labor Law, Human Rights, Intellectual Property and several more topics are covered. The required textbook for the course is Comparative Law: Law and the Legal Process in Japan 2nd Edition (available January 2003 Carolina Academic Press)(Port and McAlinn, eds.) This book is a standard course book written specifically for application in United States law schools. The book consists of translations of important cases by the Japanese Supreme Court (or other respected court) regarding each subject, followed by commentary by leading Japanese, American, Australian, etc., commentators on each subject. The book includes cultural and historical explanations that help to put the readings in context.
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