International Arbitration and Practice in JapanMarch 13 lunch talk

Wednesday, March 13, 2024 @ 12:45 pm – 2:00 pm – Berkeley Law Room 113

Don’t miss this special opportunity to learn from expert practitioners in the field! Guest speakers: Daniel Allen, Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, Tokyo; Ken Kumayama, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; Lexi Takamatsu, Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, Tokyo; and moderation and comments by Zenichi  Shishido, Berkeley Law and Musashino University.

Seating is limited – please RSVP today at link(opens in a new tab) or QR code. Takes place Wednesday, March 13, 2024, 12:45 – 2:00 p.m. in Berkeley Law Room 113. 

Sponsored by: Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, Sho Sato Program in Japanese and U.S. Law, and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Cosponsored by: Berkeley Journal of International Law, Career Development Office, Berkeley Center for Law and Business, and Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law at Berkeley Law.


Importing (In)Justice? Three Strikes Laws and Mandatory Criminal Sentences in Hungary March 6 lunch talk flyer
March 6, 2024
12:50 pm – 2:00 pm
Room 145, Law Building
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This in-person lunch talk features Professor István Ambrus, Faculty of Law and Head of the Department of Criminology at Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Budapest, with moderation by Professor Charles Weisselberg, Yosef Osheawich Professor of Law and Faculty Director, Sho Sato Program in Japanese and U.S. Law at Berkeley Law. Wednesday, March 6, 12:50-2:00 p.m. in Berkeley Law Room 145. Lunch offered (first-come, first-serve basis). To RSVP visit link or or scan QR code.

Sponsored by the Sho Sato Program in Japanese and U.S. Law and cosponsored by the Criminal Law & Justice Center and the Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law at UC Berkeley Law School.



Lecture: ‘Looking Into the (Right Wing) Abyss’: the Assault of the British Government on the European Court of Human Rights Oct 10 event flyer

Dimitrios Gian­noulopou­los
Professor of Law
Goldsmiths, University of Lon­don

Tuesday, October 10, 2023
4:00 – 5:30 pm
Room 145, Berkeley Law

Sponsored by the Sho Sato Program in U.S. and Japanese Law and the Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law

Professor Giannoulopoulos is author of Judicial Independence under Threat (2022) and Improperly Obtained Evidence in Anglo-American and Continental Law (2019).


Book Talk: “Improperly Obtained Evidence in Anglo-American and Continental Law”

Dimitrios Gian­noulopou­losDimitrios Gian­noulopou­los
Professor of Law
Goldsmiths, University of Lon­don

Wednesday, April 10, 2019
4:00 – 6:00 pm
Room 140 (Moot Court Room), Berkeley Law

refreshments will be served

Sponsored by the Sho Sato Program in Japanese and US Law and the Center for the Study of Law and Society

This is the first book to offer an extensive cosmo­politan, cross-cultural insight into the perennial controversy over the use of improperly ob­tained evidence in criminal trials. It challenges the con­ventional view that exclusionary rules are idio­syncratic of Anglo-American law, and highlights the “constitutionali­zation” and “internationaliza­tion” of criminal evidence and proce­dure as a cause of rapproche­ment (or divergence) beyond the Anglo-Amer­ican and Continental law divide.

Professor Dimitrios Gian­noulopou­los holds the Inaugural Chair in Law at Goldsmiths, University of Lon­don. He is an Associate Academic Fellow of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Edu­cation Academy.

Lecture on “Liability and Compensation over the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster,” October 30, 2015

eri osakaEri Osaka
Professor of Law, Toyo University
145 Law Building, 1:00-2:00 pm

coffee and tea will be served

The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster resulted in widespread and long-term damage. Expecting a huge number of compensation claims, TEPCO set up its own compensation claims process and the Government offered compensation guidelines and ADR system. However, a fair number of victims have chosen litigation. Unlike the other two routes, they can argue TEPCO’s negligence under fault liability provision of the Civil Code in addition to non-fault liability provision of the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act, and the liability of the Government under the State Compensation Law.

Other than individual lawsuits, more than twenty group lawsuits have been filed in various district courts; most of them led by experienced lawyers who have been active in public interest litigation. They are trying to use litigation as a vehicle to change compensation policy, to achieve true “build back better,” and to improve disaster risk management in the future. Some lawsuits also seek injunctions requiring TEPCO and the Government to reduce radiation levels in the affected areas.

Professor Eri Osaka will discuss these compensation actions and the challenges of litigation. One of the challenges is the difference among types of plaintiffs. Some are evacuees subject to the government evacuation order, others are “voluntary” evacuees. The plaintiffs are developing a new compensation theory to apply to each group: compensation for pain and suffering caused by loss of homeland (furusato soushitsu isharyo). They claim that their rights to live quiet life (heion seikatsu ken) in their local community have been violated.

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Eri Osaka is a Professor of Law at Toyo University, Tokyo, Japan, where she teaches Environmental Law, Torts, and Contracts. She joined the University of Pennsylvania Law School SJD program in 2015. She is a 2000 graduate from Penn Law LLM program under the Fulbright Graduate Student Program, and also holds a BA and an MA in Law from Waseda University, Japan.

Her research interests lie in the legal response to mass toxic torts including environmental pollution and asbestos disaster. Since the Fukushima Nuclear Accident, she has been studying the legal issues on the victim compensation and recovery.

Her representative publications include: “Environmental and Worker Safety Law in Japan: Recent Changes, the Impact of Reform Laws and Movements, and the Prospects for the Future” (The Japanese Legal System: An Era of Transition, Ginsberg and Scheiber, eds. 2012); “Corporate Liability, Government Liability, and the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster” (Pacific Rim Law and Policy Journal, 2012); and “Reevaluating the Role of the Tort Liability System in Japan” (Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law, 2009).