Studying Japanese Law Because It's There

12 Pages Posted: 16 Dec 2009 Last revised: 16 Feb 2010

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Tom Ginsburg

University of Chicago Law School

Date Written: December 16, 2009


This brief reply responds to an essay of John Haley which argues that the study of Japanese law is as relevant as ever. This reply extends and, in part, challenges Haley’s claims, focusing especially on the relevance of Japanese experience for questions of institutional development and change. The reply also emphasizes non-instrumental rationales for the study of foreign legal systems.

Keywords: Japanese law, Comparative Law

Suggested Citation

Ginsburg, Tom, Studying Japanese Law Because It's There (December 16, 2009). American Journal of Comparative Law, Vol. 58, 2010, U of Chicago, Public Law Working Paper No. 294, Available at SSRN:

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