ANJeL promotes research on Japanese law and supports the research by Japanese scholars of Australian law.

The ANJeL website hosts resources on Japanese law for researchers and a selection of publications by ANJeL scholars in Australia and elsewhere.

ANJeL collaborates in promoting the multi-lingual Zeitschrift für Japanisches Recht / Journal of Japanese Law, the only Japan-specific law journal published in Western languages. ANJeL encourages members and associates to make submissions on any aspect of Japanese law and justice.

Japanese Law Online

The University of Sydney Library now offers the Asian and Pacific Law Guide. The guide provides an overview of resources available for the study of law in an Asia / Pacific context. The Asian and Pacific Law Guide Japan contains resources and guides about Japanese law.

ANJeL has entered into a partnership with the Australasian Legal Information Institute to move to their new “AsianLII” database the resources ANJeL had developed in collaboration with Tokyo law firm Nagashima Ohno and Tsunematsu (previously available via the Japanese Law Online site).

This comprehensive guide to primarily English online resources about Japanese law includes web-links to legislation, case law, international treaties, governmental and non-governmental organisations, law journals, and other useful research information.

The WorldLII Catalog Japan page is available at and the AsianLII Japanese Law Resources database page is now available online at ANJeL members with suggestions for additions to the AsianLII Japanese Law Resources database page are asked to contact ANJeL via

Researching Japanese Law

Looking for information in Japanese on Australian law? Find out more… オーストラリア法入門こちら.

In addition to ANJeL’s collaboration with AsianLII ANJeL is involved in developing or promoting several other tools for effective research in Japanese law.

  1. The CCH Japan Business Law Guide, which is a looseleaf and online service, is maintained with the assistance of a number of ANJeL co-Directors, members and associates.

  2. The entry “Japanese Law: An Overview” in Jan Smits (ed) Encyclopedia of Comparative Law (Edward Elgar, 2006) by Luke Nottage and Professor Masaki Abe.

  3. Links to other websites:

    • The Japanese Law Translation System website, a Ministry of Justice service provided through Nagoya University, offers one-stop access to a database of Japanese laws translated in accordance with the Japanese government’s legal Standard Bilingual Dictionary (SBD) complete with the most recent edition of the SBD itself and a keyword-in-context search function.

    • Asian Law Centre Bibliography, Melbourne University’s searchable database of citations to Asian Law related references.

    • Japanese Legal Research, University of Washington’s guide to searching Japanese law materials.

    • Australia-Japan Research Centre (AJRC)

    • East Asia Forum, a Forum encompassing policy matters and placing Japan in a regional and global perspective.

    • Japanese Law and the Asia-Pacific, which collates most of Luke Nottage’s own Japanese Law related blogs.

  4. The Japan Federation of Bar Associations (JFBA) and a number of law firms in Japan publish information in English on areas of Japanese law. A list of these sources as of April 2009 prepared by ANJeL research assistants is available.

  5. A major legal publisher in Japan, Daiichi Hoki, is a Research Sponsor for ANJeL.

  6. The Waseda University Institute of Comparative Law (CLAW) has commenced a monthly electronic newsletter to disseminate up-to-date information about Japanese Law in English, including recent legislation, upcoming seminars and discussion of current trends and topics. To subscribe to the CLAW newsletter, please email CLAW including your name, affiliation and e-mail address.

Journal of Japanese Law

Zeitschrift für Japanisches Recht / Journal of Japanese Law

(website available in English and German)

The Journal of Japanese Law is now available free online. In addition to abstracts from the last four issues, full text of articles from previous issues can be found in the archives at

Since 2004, ANJeL has collaborated with the German-Japanese Association of Jurists (DJJV) to promote their Journal of Japanese Law (Zeitschrift für Japanisches Recht). The journal is now co-published twice-yearly with the Max Planck Institute for Foreign Private and Private International Law, as the only regularly published journal in Western languages focusing on Japanese law.

A submissions and citation guide is available.

Self-regulation in Private Law in Japan and Germany, Baum, Bälz, Dernauer, 978-3-452-29116-5, Fachliteratur, Luchterhand Zivilrecht | Wolters Kluwer Shop

Number 50 (2020)

Number 49 (2020)

Number 48 (2019)

Number 47 (2019)

Number 46 (2018)

Special Issue No. 10 (2018) of the Journal of Japanese Law - Prof. Dr. Harald Baum / Prof. Dr. Moritz Bälz / Prof. Dr. Marc Dernauer (Hrsg.), "Self-regulation in Private Law in Japan and Germany"

Number 45 (2018)

Number 44 (2017)

Number 43 (2017)

Number 42 (2016)

Number 41 (2016)

Number 40 (2015)

Number 39 (2015)

Number 38 (2014)

Number 37 (2014)

Number 36 (2013)

Number 35 (2013)

Number 34 (2012)

Number 33 (2012)

Number 32 (2011)

Number 31 (2011)

Number 30 (2010)

Number 29 (2010)

Number 28 (2009)

Number 27 (2009)

Number 26 (2008)

Number 25 (2008)

Number 24 (2007)

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Number 22 (2006)

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Number 20 (2005)

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Number 18 (2004)

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Research Publications


  • Stacey Steele, "Sending Them over the Seas: Japanese Judges Crossing Legal Boundaries through Lived Experiences in Australia", in Akihiro Ogawa and Philip Seaton (eds), New Frontiers in Japanese Studies (Routledge, 2020).