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Thursday, May 01, 2014

Setsuo Miyazawa Wins Law and Society Association International Prize

The award recognizes significant contributions to the advancement of knowledge in the field of law and society and includes an honorarium.

Setsuo MiyazawaUC Hastings Professor Setsuo Miyazawa will be honored with the Law and Society Association’s International Prize during the Association’s Annual Meeting May 29 in Minneapolis, MN.

Professor Miyazawa is an expert in the legal profession, the judicial system, criminology, and the sociology of law. His contributions to the scholarship of law and society in general, and specifically to the Japanese legal system, are profound and extensive. He has been writing and teaching about Japanese legal reforms at law schools around the globe for more than 30 years.

“I am most honored to receive this award from the LSA,” Miyazawa says, “which has been my intellectual home ground since I was a Ph.D. student at Yale in 1976. The first Japanese recipient was the late Professor Masaji Chiba who was one of my mentors in Japan. I am very happy to pay my intellectual debt to him by becoming the second Japanese recipient. I accept the award mainly as recognition of my activities as a bridge between East Asia and the United States. I am grateful to UC Hastings for giving me an ideal place to continue my scholarship.”

About Setsuo Miyazawa

Professor Setsuo Miyazawa received LL.B., LL.M., and S.J.D. from Hokkaido University and M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in sociology from Yale University. He has been a full-time faculty member at Hokkaido University (1972-1983), Kobe University (1983-2000), Waseda University (2000-2003), and Omiya Law School (2004-2007) in Japan. He is currently a professor of law at Aoyama Gakuin University Law School in central Tokyo, where he taught the sociology of law, the legal profession, and public interest lawyering, and coordinated courses on American law. He has also taught as a visiting professor at the law schools of York University (Canada), the University of Washington, Harvard University (Mitsubishi Visiting Professor of Japanese Legal Studies), UC Berkeley (Sho Sato Visiting Professor), UCLA, New York University (Global Law Faculty), the University of Hawaii, the University of Pennsylvania, and Fordham University. He joined the full time faculty at UC Hastings in fall 2013. He teaches at UC Hastings during the fall semester and at Aoyama Gakuin University in the spring.

Professor Miyazawa is a member of a number of academic associations in criminology, law, and sociology, and currently serves as the Vice President for the Asian Criminological Society. Professor Miyazawa has a wide range of research interests, including police and criminal justice, legal ethics and public interest lawyering, legal education, and corporate legal practice. He received his doctoral degree in Japan with a study on police, while receiving his American doctoral degree with a study on corporate legal departments.

Professor Miyazawa has published 18 books, including Justice System Reform and Citizens' Perspectives (2001) and The Reality of the Legal Process (1994), as well as more than 200 articles appearing in such journals as Annual Review of Law and Social Science, Punishment and Society, Law & Social Inquiry, and the Law & Society Review. His first English book, Policing in Japan (SUNY Press 1992), received the 1993 Distinguished Book Award of the Division of International Criminology of the American Society of Criminology. One of his recent books in Japanese is the first casebook on legal ethics in Japan that is co-edited with two lawyers one of whom has become a Supreme Court Justice. He has been highly active in the promotion of judicial reform in Japan and is one of the most prominent proponents of the introduction of the American-style graduate professional law schools into Japan. He has also been active in the Law and Society Association in the US, twice serving on its Board of Trustees. He co-founded the Collaborative Research Network 33 in East Asian Law and Society, which is now the largest Collaborative Research Network in the Law and Society Association.

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