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Saiban-in and Death Penalty in Japan

Our next Visiting Scholar Workshop Presentation will be next Monday! Please join us as we learn more about the “Saiban-in” (lay jury) system and Death Penalty in Japan from our Visiting Scholar Professor Takashi Maruta. We hope that all USALI Visiting Scholars can attend this event.


Monday, February 27, 10:00 AM
ilf Hall, 5th Floor Conference Room
139 MacDougal Street, 5th Floor


Takashi Maruta
Professor Takashi Maruta teaches at Kwansei Gakuin University Law School, Nishinomiya, Japan. He obtained LL.M. Degree from the University of Michigan Law School and was visiting scholar at Harvard Law School and Columbia Law School. He taught Japanese Law at Michigan Law School, University of Hawaii School of Law, and Sussex University Law Centre of Sussex, England. Professor Takashi Maruta is known as a leading scholar of the jury system and an advocator and pioneer. Due to his effort, civil participation (Saiban-in-seido) was institutionalized into Japanese criminal procedure 10 years ago. He is also a practicing lawyer, handling both criminal trials and civil disputes in Kobe, Japan.  His research interests include comparative legal system, jury system in both civil and criminal field, and legal theory. He has also been trying to find a legal system capable of promoting a fair and democratic society in order to protect fundamental human rights. His most recent publication is a book co-authored with Matthew Wilson, Hiroshi Fukurai: Japan and Civil Jury Trials: The Convergence of Forces, Published by Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, United Kingdom (2015).

Earlier Event: February 23
Asia Law Weekly: Andrew Duncan
Later Event: February 27
Asia Law Weekly: Jerome A. Cohen