The Australian Network for Japanese Law (ANJeL) is an initiative of the ANU College of Law at the Australian National University (ANU), the Faculty of Law at Bond University and the Faculty of Law at the University of Sydney (USyd). The core aim of ANJeL is to promote scholarly engagement with Japanese law, especially in Australia.
ANJeL is a network of over 400 scholars, practitioners, policy-makers, senior students and others interested in Japanese law from Australia, Japan, and the rest of the world.
ANJeL is managed by its three co-directors: Hitoshi Nasu (ANU), Luke Nottage (USyd) and Leon Wolff (Bond). They are assisted by an Executive Coordinator, two Deputy Directors and a diverse Advisory Board.
ANJeL promote research and teaching of Japanese law in Australia and Australian law in Japan.
Specifically, ANJeL encourages and supports research by Australian scholars on Japanese law and by Japanese scholars of Australian law. More generally, the ANJeL website hosts resources on Japanese law for researchers and a selection of publications by ANJeL scholars in Australia and elsewhere. It also collaborates in promoting the multi-lingual Zeitschrift fuer Japanisches Recht / Journal of Japanese Law, the only Japan-specific law journal published in Western languages.
ANJeL organises a number of research events to stimulate intellectual and public debate on issues of Japanese law. These events range from international conferences to continuing legal education seminars and informal discussion workshops. It engages in a wide range of media and consultancy activities.
ANJeL offers a number of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Japanese law at its network of universities. It also assists in the "Kyoto and Tokyo Seminars" in Japanese Law sponsored by Ritsumeikan University. It sponsors a team of Australian students to compete at the Japan Intercollegiate Arbitration/Negotiation Competition. And it awards the Akira Kawamura prize for performance in Japanese law courses at its network of universities and the nationwide ANJeL/Ashurst essay prize in Japanese Law.