Chuo Law School Melbourne Summer School


Each year since 2005, the ALC has hosted the Chuo Law School Melbourne Summer School. Chuo Law School is located in Tokyo Japan, and is one of Japan's most prestigious law schools. 

Chuo law students visit Melbourne Law School in February to study Australian law and attend seminars taught by Melbourne Law School lecturers on a variety of legal topics. The Chuo law students also learn outside the classroom by visiting Victorian legal institutions such as courts, Parliament and law firms.

The Summer School continues the relationship with Chuo Law School that was developed – and originally taught – by the late Professor Malcolm Smith, when he joined Chuo Law School as Professor of Law in 2004.

Chuo Summer School 2013

The theme of the Chuo Summer School in 2013 was Comparative Perspectives on the Legal Profession and Comparative Contract Law in Asia. Students attended seminars prepared by Melbourne Law School and external lecturers on topics such as Australian Corporations Law & Governance, Contracts in Cross-border Transactions and specialised lectures on Australian Media and Intellectual Property Law. At the conclusion of the program, students also gave their own presentations to University of Melbourne students on various topics relating to the Australian legal system,including federalism and the role of various stakeholders. Students also visited the County Court of Victoria, the Federal Court of Australia (meeting Justice Michelle Gordon), the Juries Commissioner, law firms (Allens and Ashurst) and the Parliament of Victoria. In their spare time, the students enjoyed Melbourne summer festivities, the night markets at Queen Victoria Markets, White Night and St Kilda beach.

The twelve students were accompanied by Chuo Law School's Professor Dan Rosen, Professor Yachiko Yamada, and Professor Yomoyoshi Ito.

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Chuo Summer School 2012

The theme of the Chuo Summer School in 2012 was media and intellectual property. Students attended seminars prepared by Melbourne Law School lecturers on topics such as Australian Property Law, the Constitution and freedom of speech in Victoria, and specialised lectures on Australian media and intellectual property law. At the conclusion of the program, students also gave their own presentations to Melbourne University students comparing aspects of Australian law and legal practise with that of Japan. During the program, students visited the County Court of Victoria, the Federal Court of Australia (meeting Justice Michelle Gordon), the Juries Commissioner (where they participated in a mock jury trial), law firm Allens Linklaters, and the Parliament of Victoria.

Students were accompanied by Chuo Law School's Professor Satoru Osanai, Professor Dan Rosen and Professor Noboyuki Sato.

For more images from Chuo Summer School 2012 and other years, please visit the ALC's Facebook page.

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Chuo Law School Professors

In recent years, the Chuo Law School students have been accompanied by the following Professors:

  • Professor Dan Rosen

    Dan Rosen is a professor at Chuo University Law School in Tokyo. He previously was a member of the Faculty of Law at Doshisha University in Kyoto and has taught as an adjuct or visiting professor at a number of other universities in Japan. He received his J.D. degree at Southern Methodist University, where he was Editor-in-Chief of Southwestern Law Journal (now called SMU Law Review). He then earned LL.M. and J.S.D. degrees from the Yale Law School. Rosen served as a law clerk to then-Chief Judge James R. Browning, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He began his law teaching career at Loyola University Law School in New Orleans.

  • Professor Hisaei Ito

    Hisaei Ito has been a professor at Chuo Law School since 1993. He is also a member of the Japanese Association for Canadian Studies, the Japanese Society for Financial Law, the Japanese American Society for Legal Studies and the Japan Association of Private Law, and has been a visiting scholar at Hong Kong University and Duke University. His research is focused on international financial transactions, and corporate finance and corporate governance.