Academic Career

Present (1983-)   Professor of Philosophy of Law, School of Law, University of Hokkaido, Sapporo, JAPAN

Present (1997-)   Member of the Board of Directors, The Japan Association of Legal Philosophy

Present (2006-)   Associate Member, Division of Law, The Science Council of Japan 

Present (2007-)    Joint Professor, Hokkaido University Center for Ainu and Indigenous Studies 

Present (2010-)   Senior Fellow, the Meridian 180 Project, The Clarke Program in East Asian Law and Culture,     
 Cornell University Law School, U. S. A

Present (2011-)   Aid of Director, University of Hokkaido President's Office

2010                   The Mori, Hamada & Matsumoto Distinguished Visitor, The Clarke Program in East Asian Law
and Culture, Cornell University Law School, U.S.A.

2008                   Visiting Professor, School of Law, University of Wales, Swansea, U. K .   

2005-08             Chair, Annual Meeting Planning Committee, The Japan Association of Legal Philosophy

2004-08             Director, the Advanced Institute for Law & Politics, School of Law, University of Hokkaido

2005                  Visitor, Institute Suisse de Droit Comparé, Lausanne, Suisse                                          

2002-03            Academic Affiliate, Centre for Politics, Law & Society, University College, London, U.K.  (Ministry of Education Overseas Research Scholarship)                                                  

2002                 James B. MacDonald Distinguished Visiting Professor, East Asian Legal Studies Center, University of Wisconsin Law School, U.S.A.

1998                 Program Visitor, The Philosophy Program, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian   National University, AUSTRALIA                                                     

1987-88    Visiting Researcher, New York University Law School, U.S.A (Fulbright Fellowship)   

1986-87   Research Associate, Center for the Study of Law and Society, University of California, Berkeley, U.S.A. (Fulbright Fellowship)                                                     

1983-91     Associate Professor of Philosophy of Law, Faculty of Law,
University of Hokkaido                                                     

1982       LL.D., Graduate School of Law and Politics, University of Tokyo 

1979                  LL.M., Graduate School of Law and Politics, University of Tokyo                              

1977              LL.B., Faculty of Law, University of Tohoku

Fields of  Interest

Theories of Justice and Rights, The Concept of Law, Theory of Value, The Creolization of Law

Main Publications

"Hou no Kureouru to Houteki Kannen no Honyaku [The Creole of Law and the Translation of Legal Ideas]"
            (in: Ko Hasedawa, ed., Hou no Kureouru Josetsu [Introduction to the Creole of Law], Hokkaido Univ.
             Press, 2012, pp. 1-32)

"How Can Law Hold Hope in Cultural Complexity? ーCritical Comments on Prof. Annelise Riles' View
             of Law and Culture" (at:, 2011) [download]

"21 Seiki no Hou no Gainen [The Concept of Law in the 21st Century]" (Hou no Riron [Theory of Law],
             No. 30, 2011)

"Between Rights and 'Kenri'" (in: E. Cashin-Retaine, ed., Legal Engineering and Comparative  Law, Vol. 2,   
             Schulthess, 2009, pp.87-103)

"Incorporating Foreign Legal Ideas through Translation" (in: A. Halpin,, eds. Theorizing the Global Legal
, Hart Publishing, 2009, pp.85-106)

"Kaishaku teki Houshikou no Kitei [The Basis of Hermeeutic Legal Thinking] (in: Aoi & Suehisa, eds.,
             Doitsu Houriron tono Taiwa [Dialogues with German Legal Theory], Tohoku University Press,

"Hou no Kureouru no Gainen wo meguru Kisoteki Kousatsu [Fundamental Considerations concerning                   the Concept of the Creole of Law]" (in: Hokudai Hougaku Ronshuu [Hokkaido Law Review], Vol.58-3, 2007)

"Kihan Shoutotsu no Kaishakugaku [Hermeneutics of Norm Conflict]" (in: Hougaku [Jurisprudence],
               Vol.69-6, 2006)

"Senjuumin no Chitekizaisan Hogo no Testugakuteki Bunmyaku [The Philosophical Context of Intellectual
               Property for Indigenous People]" (in: Chitekizaisan Houseisakugaku Kenkyuu [Law & Policy Studies
               for Intellectual Property], Vol.13, 2006)

"Houteki Kuukan no Tagenjuusousei [The Multidimensionality of Legal Space]" (in: Minshouhou Zasshi
               [Journal of Civil and Commercial Law], Vol.133-3, 2005)

"Hou to Shijou no Aida [Between Law and Market]" (in: Kyousouhou no Gendaiteki Tenkai [Recent
               Developments in Competition Laws], 2005)

"Human Well-being and Public Provision" (in: Hokudai Hougaku Ronshuu [Hokkaido Law Review],         
(Revised Version at:

"On Prof. Will Kymlicka’s Thinking about the Rights of Indigenous People” (in: Archiv für Rechts- und
, Beiheft 96, 2004)

"The Structuration of Law and Its Working in the Japanese Legal System" (in J. Vanderlinden, eds.,
               La Structure des Systèmes Juridiques, Bruylant, 2003) 

"Shijou ni okeru Houteki Seigi to wa Nanika [What is Law and Justice in the Market?]" (in: Houritsu Jihou
               [Journal of Current Law], January 2003)  

"Tagenteki Jiga to Riberaru na Houkyoudoutai [Multidimensional Self and Liberal Community of Law]"
               (in: T. Sasaki, eds., 21 Seiki Koukyou Testugaku no Chihei [The Horizon of the 21st Century
               Public Philosophy], 2002)       
Kousei no Houtetsugaku [The Legal Philosophy of Fairness] (Shinzansha, 2001)

"Koukyouteki Kanten To Liberaru na Byoudouron [Public Viewpoint and Liberal Equality]" (in: Y. Mishima,
               eds.,  Ningen no Songen to Houriron [Human Dignity & Legal Theory], 2000)      
"Ajia Shakai ni okeru Fuhenteki Hou no Keisei [The Formation of Universal Law in Asian Societies]"
               (in: Hokudai Hougaku Ronshuu [Hokkaido Law Review], Vol.50-2, 1999)    
"Legal Reasoning & Interpretation of Justice" (in: Hokudai Hougaku Ronshuu [Hokkaido Law Review],
               Vol.48-5, 1998)    
"Posutomodanizumu to Seigiron [Postmodernism & Theories of Justice]" (in: Hou no Riron [Theory of Law],
               No.17, 1997)        
"'Open' and 'Closed' Relativism" (in: Popper Letters, Vol.8-2, 1996, & Vol.9-1, 1997)

Kaishaku to Houshikou [Interpretation and Legal Thinking]( Nihon Hyouronsha, 1996)      
Kenri・Kachi・Kyoudoutai [Rights, Values, and Community](Koubundou, 1991)

Teaching Activities

Lecture: Philosophy of Law (Undergraduate)
Introductory Seminar: The Foundations of Law (Ug)

Seminar on Aspects of Philosophy of Law (Ug)
Seminar on Modern Legal Thought (Graduate)
Seminar on Current Issues in Philosophy of Law (G)
<To Contact>   email:         
[Updated: October 20, 2012]

Back to Main Page in Japanese