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JAPANESE COMMERCIAL LAW: CORPORATE AND BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT (LAWSG096)
Credit value: 30 credits (12 ECTS)
Module Convenor:
Professor Hiroshi Oda
 
Intercollegiate teaching: No
Teaching Method: 20 x two-hour seminars
Who may enrol: LLM students, Other UCL Masters students
Prerequisites: None
Barred module combinations: None
Core module for specialism: Comparative Law, Corporate Law, International Commercial Law
Assessment
Practice Assessment: To be confirmed
Assessment method for Masters students: Three-hour unseen written examination
Module Overview

Module summary

The module covers areas of Japanese law which are relevant to foreign Investment into Japan. It focuses on the new Company Law of 2005 which has totally replaced the previous law of a German origin and instead, became closer to US law (see Hiroshi Oda, “Americanisation of Japanese Company Law?” in Rabels Zeitschrift für vergleichendes Privatrecht, 2005). Changes introduced by the reform will be critically analysed. Corporate governance and M&A are core topics in the module. The module also covers related reforms in securities law (Securities and Exchange Law was replaced by the new Financial Products Transaction Law) and insolvency law.

Module syllabus

Japanese Law has gone through substantial changes since the mid-1990s. In almost every area, new laws were enacted or existing laws underwent major amendments. This module is designed to cover these changes in the past decade.

No knowledge of Japanese is required. The manuscript of the third edition of Oda, Japanese Law, Oxford University Press. 2009, will be provided.

  • Introduction to Japanese Law (Sources of law, the “justice system reform”, legal profession)
  • Japanese Law as part of the Romano-Germanic System and the Influence of US Law (Codification, post-War Reform, the “Regulatory Reform”)
  • The Civil Code as the Core of the System of Private Law (The Concept of Juristic Acts)
  • Contract Law/Law of Obligations
  • The New Companies Act of 2005(Americanisation of the Company Law)
  • M&A and Defensive Measures in Japan
  • The “Financial Big Bang” and the New Financial Instruments Exchange Law
  • The Anti-Monopoly Act (Competition Law)
  • New Labour Contract Law
  • Dispute Settlement (Court Procedure and Arbitration)

Recommended materials

Japanese Commercial Law, 3rd edition, Oxford University Press

Preliminary reading: To be confirmed

Other information: N/A
Prizes for this module: There are currently no prizes available for this module.


APPLICATION NOTICES

The application process for the 2014-15 academic session, for entry in September 2014, is now open.

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