Nagoya University Graduate school of Law

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LL.M. (Comparative Law) Program in Law and Political Science

This program, which includes English-taught classes and Japanese-taught classes, aims to further the education of overseas legal professionals, policymakers, civil servants, and legal educators. Coming mainly from Asian countries, graduates from this program are expected in the future to contribute their services to their home country. Successful students are granted the degree of Master of Laws (Comparative Law).

English-taught classes

Our Graduate School opened the English-taught LL.M. (Comparative Law) Program in 1999. The program is two years in length. The curriculum requires both taking credits from the subjects and the preparation of a thesis.

Japanese-taught classes

This program commenced in October of 2007, in cooperation with the Nagoya University Research and the Education Center for Japanese Law established in the four partner institutions in Asia. The program is two years in length, and the curriculum parallels that of the English-taught stream, requiring both the preparation of the completion of coursework and a thesis.

LL.M. (Modern Law) in Law and Politics (in Japanese)

Initially established for the further education of legal and corporate professionals, this Japanese-taught two-year degree program is open to overseas as well as home students.

LL.M. (Laws) for Academics Researcher program

The Japanese-taught degree program comprises the first stage of study in the faculty’s longest-standing Doctoral Program in Law and Political Science. The program primarily targets those who intend to pursue an academic career in Japan.

◆Degree Requirements for Masters

Students are required to enroll in one of the master’s programs for at least two years, earn thirty academic credits or more, write a master’s thesis under the supervision of her/his supervisor and pass an oral defense.

◆Master’s Thesis

Students select a topic of interest in an area of law or political science and then research an independent basis under the supervision of their principal supervisor.

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LL.D. (Comparative Law) Program in Law and Political Science

The Program with English as the primary medium of research and instruction targets overseas students, mainly from Asian countries, who completed a master’s program and demonstrated ability in the academic and practical study of law or politics. Writing a dissertation is the core part of the program. It is expected to contribute to the resolution of theoretical and practical issues of each country, shifting to a market-oriented model.

LL.D. (Modern Law) in Law and Politics

This program is primarily designed for those working as experts in the administrative, political, legal, or business world while studying toward the degree. Admission to this program is independent of and does not follow from the LL.M. (Modern Law) Program.

LL.D. (Laws) for Academics – Researcher Program

It continues from the LL.M. researcher program, which is suitable for the applicants with native-level Japanese ability who wish to pursue academic careers. Upon successful completion of a master’s thesis in the LL.M. researcher program and after passing the special entrance examination for non-Japanese students, an overseas student in this program may proceed to the final stage of study toward the LL.D. degree.

◆General Degree Requirements

Students who have enrolled in one of the doctoral programs, researched for three years or more under the supervision of 3 academic advisors (supervisor and 2 subadvisors), submitted an acceptable dissertation, and passed an oral defense.

◆Independent Research under Mentor and Doctoral Dissertation

Students should conduct their doctoral research independently under the supervision of their advisors, in close coordination with the schedule for academic writing. At the end of their first and the second year, they must make a mid-term presentation once a year. During the third year, a doctoral candidate is expected to make a public oral presentation, submit the final draft of the dissertation to the faculty committee with permission from the supervisor. Based on the judgment of the preliminary examination committee, the Graduate School of Law Council makes a final decision as to whether to award the doctoral degree.
Here is the recent dissertation of our alumni.

  • Regional Patent Rights Protection in ASEAN: Effects of the “ASEAN Way” and Prospects under the ASEAN Economic Community (Dr. KWONG, Qi Jun) (March 2023)
  • Legal and Sociological Study of the Death Penalty in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic in the International and Regional Context (Dr. THIENGCHANHXAY, Viengvilay) (January 2023)
  • The Interface between Design Patents and Copyright: Toward Reforming Industrial Design Protection in Thailand (Dr. PALAGAWONG NA AYUTTHAYA, Suthinee) (November 2022)
  • Independence of the Legal Profession as a Civil Society Institute in Uzbekistan: Comparative Analysis with Japan and the USA (Dr. UMURGAZIN, Nursultan Ravil Ogli) (September 2022)
  • Regulatory Framework for the International Choice of Court Agreements in Thailand: Revisiting the Validity and Jurisdictional Protection of Weak Parties (Dr. SARNTIKASEM, Apipong) (November 2022)
  • Development of Real Property Law in Mongolia: Toward a Uniform Foundation (Dr. NYAMDOO, Bayarmaa) (March 2022)
  • Foreign direct investment facilitation: lessons for Uzbekistan (Dr. Rizoev, Musojon Mansurovich) (November 2021)
  • Private international law and global pollution: realizing the universal value of environmental protection in transnational environmental liability litigation (Dr. Nguyen Thu Thuy) (April 2021)
  • Legal Problems of Local Administration System in Cambodia: Seeking for a Local Autonomy System by Decentralization Reform (Dr. SUN, Chhun Hieng) (October 2021)
  • The Impact of the Adoption of the UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration in Laos by focusing on its Interpretation (Dr. NUANNAVONG, Vongsavan)(April 2021)
  • The Potential Adoption of Centralized Constitutional Review in Vietnam : A Realistic Approach (Dr. Do Thi Phuong) (March 2021)
  • Analysis of the Privatization as an Approach for a Pension Reform. The Experience of Bulgaria and Lessons from United States and Japan (Dr. Nikolay Dimitrov Bakalov) (April 2020)
  • Establishing Law Enforcement Mechanism to Control Anti-Competitive Government Conduct in China (Dr. Wang Fayang) (Nov 2019)
  • Administrative Responsibility for Water Pollution Prevention in Laos: Lessons learned From Japan (Dr. Donkeodavong Latdavanh) (October 2019)
  • The Dilemma of Public-Private Partnerships: Bridging the Infrastructure gap in Lower-Middle Income Developing Countries (Dr. DUMBARANGAGE Elisanka Diani Nandasiri) (October 2019)
  • An Empirical Study of Law Governing Cartels and Leniency Program to Combat Hardcore - cartel in Thailand (Dr. Tangsatapornpan Benjawan)(September 2019)
  • Border Carbon Adjustments in International Trade Law: An Approach for the Implementation through Regional Trade Agreements (Dr. DAO Gia Phuc) (September 2019)
  • A Political Study on the Nature of Uzbekistan’s Mahalla Institution and its Relationship with Local Government (Dr. ALIMDJANOV Sardor) (July 2019)
  • Towards a Concept of Alternative Participation: A Theoretical and Empirical Based Approach (Dr. KAIM Marcin Mateusz) (September 2018)
  • A Resolution of the Conflict between Public and Private Interests in International Commercial Arbitration: Focusing on the Issues of Arbitrability and the Application of Internationally Mandatory Rules (Dr. MEN Vuthyka)(September 2018)
  • Enhancing Consumer Protection with a Focus on the Enforcement of the Private Rights of Consumers: The Fake-Hunting Lawsuits Dilemma in China (Dr. SUN Wenjia) (September 2018)
  • The Interplay between the Systems of Patents and Plant Variety Protection: Their Impacts on Plant Inventions – Lessons for THAILAND (Dr. THONGMEENSUK Saliltorn) (September 2018)
  • Misleading Advertising Regulation in Uzbekistan: Analysis of Legal Standards (Dr. KHODJAEV Bakhshillo Kamolovich) (September 2018)
  • Project Design of Law and Justice Assistance for Enhancing People's Access to Justice in Fragile States -Lessons Learned from the Experiences of Australian Law and Justice Assistance to Solomon Islands- (Dr. TAKAHASHI Mana) (August 2018)
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Objectives of the School of Law

The School of Law pursues the following educational objectives;

  • Foster comprehensive knowledge in law, political science and other fields required for functioning in a global society;
  • Cultivate the ability to make informed decisions based on a broad perspective;
  • Nurture the ability to make appropriate decisions and value judgments.

As modern society grows ever more complex and the values that underpin it continue to evolve, a wide range of problems have emerged that have proven difficult to resolve. Against this backdrop, students at the School of Law are expected to develop the knowledge base and abilities described in these educational objectives.

The Global 30 International Social Sciences Program conducted in English

The Global 30 (G30) International Social Sciences Program, offered from October 2011, includes the fundamental disciplines of political science, law, economics, business administration, and information science. Students are expected to acquire analytical skills, critical thinking skills, and high ethical awareness, such as are needed for the pursuit of knowledge across disciplines. The curriculum in this G30 International Social Sciences Program covers comparative studies of Asian societies, corporate theory, international negotiation, international law, development economics, economic integration, global management as well as environmental issues. In addition to knowledge in a global context, the program emphasizes the study of the political, legal, and economic systems of modern Japan. Upon selecting their major, students can receive specific guidance from professors in their chosen discipline and are expected to research their graduation thesis under the supervision of their school’s professors.
Check the website of G30

CAMPUS Asia Program

The CAMPUS Asia program is an international joint education program developed to train future jurists, researchers, public servants and businesspersons capable of engaging in professional activities throughout the Asian region. Originally a trilateral endeavor between China、Japan, and Korea towards the formation of an East Asian jus commune (common law), the program has begun expanding beyond East Asia to include the ASEAN region. This program collaborates with partner universities in China, Korea, and Singapore through exchange programs for undergraduate students based on reciprocal conferment of academic credits, as well as other forms of exchange of quality-assured research and education. The program is part of the regular curriculum of School of Law, and credits earned during participation in the program are applied towards earning a Bachelor of Law upon graduation. Participating students who have completed the required courses and fulfilled the other requirements of the CAMPUS Asia program will be conferred with a program completion certificate in addition to their diploma.
Check the website of Campus Asia