Institute of Comparative LawWaseda University

About Institute

Overview of the Institute

The Institute of Comparative Law (ICL) was organized at the School of Law in 1958. The institute’s mission is to make great contributions to legal studies in Japan and abroad through comparative legal research.

The institute has been providing legal researches of comparative law and introducing Japanese law abroad. Also, the Library of the Institute has been collecting a large number of foreign legal resources, especially statutes, cases, and law reviews.

The purpose of the Institute was to conduct comparative research on the legal systems of Japan and other countries and to contribute to research and education in the field of Japanese legal studies. We currently aim to disseminate information on the development of contemporary Japanese law and Japan’s legal system and to raise critical legal questions of universal importance for discussion from a Japanese perspective.

In 2018, the ICL has marked its 6oth anniversary.

2018
2017
2016
2015
  • Lecture series of the Institute of Comparative Law Project “The Role of Law and Jurisprudence at the Great Transformation toward the Sustainable Society: Foresight into the Asian Regional Law” were held.
2014
  • Lecture series of the Institute of Comparative Law Project “The Role of Law and Jurisprudence at the Great Transformation toward the Sustainable Society: Foresight into the Asian Regional Law” were held.
  • The Institute of Comparative Law, brochure 2014
2013
  • Lecture series of the Institute of Comparative Law Project “The Role of Law and Jurisprudence at the Great Transformation toward the Sustainable Society: Foresight into the Asian Regional Law” were held.
2012
  • Lecture series of the Institute of Comparative Law Project “Exploring Foreign Law as a Part of Japanese Law” were held.
  • Japan-China joint symposium “Labor and Social Security: Comparative Legal Study of Japan-China” was held at Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
2011
  • Lecture series of the Institute of Comparative Law Project “Exploring Foreign Law as a Part of Japanese Law” were held.
2010
  • Lecture series of the Institute of Comparative Law Project “Law and Society in Current/Former Socialist Countries – A Comparative Legal Analysis on the Present Situations -” were held.
  • Lecture series of the Institute of Comparative Law Project “Law and Society in Current/Former Socialist Countries  (II) – The Year 1956 and Today: A Turning Point in the World History and its Consequences -” were held.
2009
  • Lecture series of the Institute of Comparative Law Project “Theoretical and Practical issues facing comparative law research in the new millennium” were held.
  • Two symposiums were jointly held by Waseda Institute for Corporation Law and Society and the Institute of Comparative Law.
    (1) New Era of Comparative Law: Challenging for Civil Society and Harmonization of Law
    (2) The Global Economic Crisis and Role/Function of Employment and Labour Law: A Comparative Law Perspective
2008
  • The 50th anniversary of the Institute of Comparative Law. Memorial ceremony and public Lectures were held.
    (1) East Asia Maritime Law Forum 2008
    (2) Perspectives of Medical Law under the Challenges of Modern Biotechnology
2007
  • Commemorative lectures of the 50th anniversary of the Institute of Comparative Law were held.
    (1) History of Comparative Study over the Concept of Freedom and its Contemporary Phase
    (2) Legal Terminology in the Era of Globalization-Comparative Studies on Legal Transplant in Europe and East Asia
2005
  • Academic Exchange Agreement with University College London was signed.
2004
  • Academic Exchange Agreement with Korea Legislation Research Institute was signed.
2003
  • Academic Exchange Agreement with Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law was signed.
2001
  • Academic Exchange Agreement with Tsinghua University School of Law, China was signed.
  • The institute’s project “The New Stage of Comparative Law Study: Reception and Transplantation of Legal System started.
  • A party and lecture meetings will be held in honor of the publication of “Waseda University Series of Japanese Legal Studies” in Beijing in September.
2000
  • Academic Exchange Agreement with Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law Freiburg/Germany was signed.
1999
  • ‘Waseda University Series of Japanese Legal Studies’ were published.
1998
  • Commemorative International Symposium ‘Free Market and Legal Regulation’was held on the occasion of 40th anniversary.
  • The first volume of ‘Waseda Proceedings of Comparative Law’ was published.
1997
  • Academic Exchange Agreement with Duke University was signed. Joint Research Program started.
1996
  • Academic Exchange Agreement with University of Melbourne was signed. Joint Research Program started.
1993
  • Academic Exchange Agreement with Chinese Academy of Social Sciences was signed.
  • Joint Research Program started.
1992
  • Joint Research Program with Moscow State University started.
1988
  • Commemorative Essays ‘Law in East and West’ were published on the occasion of the 30th anniversary.
1981
  • The first volume of ‘Waseda Bulletin of Comparative Law’ was published.
1978
  • Commemorative lectures ‘Comparative Law and International Law’ were published on the occasion of the 20th anniversary.
1970
  • ‘Comparative Research on Capitalist Law and Socialist Law’ started.
1964
  • Monographs by the Institute Members,”Studies of the Institute of Comparative Law” were first published.
  • The first volume of the Institute’s journal ‘Comparative Law Review’ was published.
1963
  • Joint Research ‘The Influence of Foreign Laws on the Modernization of Japan’ started. (-1970)
1958
  • The Institute of Comparative Law (ICL) at Waseda University was established.

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