Situating Gender and Law in Japanese Legal Education: Preliminary Exploration and Comments

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October 14, 2020
Hawaii, United States
Subject Fields: 
Area Studies, Japanese History / Studies, Law and Legal History, Women's & Gender History / Studies, Political History / Studies

"Situating Gender and Law in Japanese Legal Education:  Preliminary Exploration and Comments"


Mark Levin, William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Professor of Law; Director of the Pacific-Asian Legal Studies Program; Deputy Director of the Institute of Asian-Pacific Business Law

Date:  Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Time:  12 noon to 1:30 pm (Hawaii Standard Time)

Webinar via zoom.  Register in advance:

If the status of women in Japanese law and women in Japan more generally is to be meaningfully considered, circumstances demand qualitative and quantitative attention to inequities in the human institutions from which law derives.  Unfortunately, this subject has received a relative lack of attention in our scholarship.

Accordingly, this paper looks at the comparative history and status quo of women in legal education.  We in the U.S. made great strides regarding inclusiveness of women and gender and law studies beginning from the 1970s, accelerating these into the 1980s.  Though there is still much to be done better here too, it seems fair to say that we moved ahead of Japan where positive changes didn't gain much traction until the 1990s and there has been not enough at that even to the present day.

I will explore how and ultimately, why, the two paths diverged so distinctly.  I will posit, with humble recognition for the vital agency of women and feminist allies, that well-functioning programs for personnel, pedagogy, community, and scholarship by and for women in legal education can make things better for "women in law" and "women and the law," and further foster a less patriarchal society generally.

Webinar is sponsored by the UHM Center for Japanese Studies and the UHM William S. Richardson School of Law's Pacific-Asian Legal Studies.


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Gay Satsuma, Center for Japanese Studies, School of Pacific and Asian Studies, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM)


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