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Beyond Borders in the Classroom - The Possibility of Transnational Legal Education


Luke R. Nottage


University of Sydney - Faculty of Law; University of Sydney - Australian Network for Japanese Law

Frank Bennett Jr.


Nagoya University - School of Law

Kittisak Prokati


Thammasat University - Faculty of Law

Kent William Yamanaka Anderson


Australian National University - ANU College of Law

Leon T. Wolff


University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law

Makoto Ibusuki


Seijo University - Faculty of Law

July 16, 2008

Ritsumeikan Law Review, Vol. 25, pp. 183-208, 2008
Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 08/63

Abstract:     
This is an edited transcript of a panel discussion, a popular format in Japanese law journals, from a conference held in Kyoto on transnational legal education. Two professors based in Japan join with three based in Australia, and one from Thailand, to compare and assess various experiments in recent years.

One model involves students physically crossing borders. Some take entire degrees abroad, as with the Masters programs at Nagoya and Kyushu Universities. Other students increasingly take some courses abroad. For instance, the "Canberra Seminar" in Australian law includes a week of "Legal English" before a week introducing key areas and principles of the common law most interesting for law students from Japan. A more ambitious example is the "Kyoto Seminar" in Japanese law, involving both Japanese and non-Japanese professors and students in teaching and learning. In another variant, students sometimes get partial credit for activities abroad, like some students from Australia who have participated very successfully in the Intercollegiate Negotiation and Arbitration Competition in Tokyo. Difficulties include the costs involved for students (and their home institutions). This has led to some law schools instead developing more courses taught in English, involving permanent or visiting professors abroad, as in Thailand.

Another more recent approach uses Information Technology to run courses in parallel in different jurisdictions. Students remain in their home institutions, but are linked up (through e-mail and/or internet video-conferencing) to hone their skills in cross-border legal communication. Examples include a contract negotiation and renegotiation simulation involving students in Canberra and Tokyo. The main challenge is logistics, including the extra time involved particularly for instructors.

Nonetheless, all six panelists agree that transnational legal education is no longer a possibility. It is already a reality, but one requiring further experiments and efforts to train the new generation of globally aware law graduates demanded by legal professions, the public and private sectors, and citizens world-wide.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 25

Keywords: legal education, Australia, Japan, Thailand, Asian law, Information Technology (IT)

JEL Classification: I20, I21, K40, K33, O33

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Date posted: July 16, 2008 ; Last revised: December 10, 2012

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Nottage, Luke R. and Bennett, Frank and Prokati, Kittisak and Anderson, Kent William Yamanaka and Wolff, Leon T. and Ibusuki, Makoto, Beyond Borders in the Classroom - The Possibility of Transnational Legal Education (July 16, 2008). Ritsumeikan Law Review, Vol. 25, pp. 183-208, 2008; Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 08/63. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1161016

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Luke R. Nottage (Contact Author)
University of Sydney - Faculty of Law ( email )
Faculty of Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia
University of Sydney - Australian Network for Japanese Law
Room 640, Building F10, Eastern Avenue
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia
Frank Bennett Jr.
Nagoya University - School of Law ( email )
Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku
Nagoya, 464-8601
Japan
Kittisak Prokati
Thammasat University - Faculty of Law ( email )
2 Prachan Road
Bangkok, Bangkok 10200
Thailand
Kent William Yamanaka Anderson
Australian National University - ANU College of Law ( email )
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200
Australia
Leon T. Wolff
University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law ( email )
Kensington, New South Wales 2052
Australia
Makoto Ibusuki
Seijo University - Faculty of Law ( email )
6-1-20 Seijo
Setagaya, Tokyo 157-8511
Japan
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