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The judicialization of social and environmental issues in Japan

La « judiciarisation » des enjeux sociaux et environnementaux au Japon

日本における社会・環境問題の《司法化》

Continuities, transformations, evolutions

Continuités, transformations, évolutions

連続性、変容、発展

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Published on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 by Céline Guilleux

Summary

This special edition aims to gain insight into how the use of the legal system and litigation have evolved. In Japan, recourse to the courts is relatively rare, but litigations have increased since the end of the 1980s in areas such as labour, consumer protection, family law and, more recently, climate change. Is a process of “judicialization” (shihōka) underway in Japan?

Announcement

Argument

In Japan, recourse to the courts is relatively rare, but litigations have increased since the end of the 1980s in areas such as labour, consumer protection, family law and, more recently, climate change. Is a process of “judicialization” (shihōka) underway in Japan? This question calls for an epistemological, methodological and theoretical examination of the context, conditions (social, legal, economic, political) and key players of the process in question. Additionally, the COVID-19 pandemic, which has juxtaposed a pre-existing context of socioeconomic issues and conflicts, gives additional importance to this question and could be taken into account to assess this process. This requires a more accurate study of legal recourse and its manifestations throughout Japan’s history, in light of legal, political and socio-economic changes.

  • analysing the conditions, constraints and actors of “judicialization” in relation to the transformation of social conflicts in Japan as well as social issues (environment, climate change, public health, poverty, etc.);
  • examining how the legal profession has changed, how legal practices have diversified, and how cause lawyers, labour lawyers and corporate lawyers contribute to judicialization;
  • studying how works produced within the framework of foreign research aiming to open up new avenues of thinking are received in Japan.

The papers submitted in English will be translated into French.

Instructions to authors

Paper proposals will be sent by email, as an attached file (.doc or .docx), to the following address: ebisu [at] mfj.gr.jp

They will consist of a provisional title and a summary of 800 characters, and must be accompanied by an indicative bibliography. The author will take care to specify their name, their institutional affiliation and their email.

Papers will be a maximum of 50,000 characters in length.

Carefully read the instructions.

All contributions are sent to a minimum of two independent expert reviewers to assess the scientific quality of the paper. The Editorial Comittee is responsible for the decision regarding acceptance or rejection of articles.

Deadline for declarations of intent: January 17, 2022

Deadline for submitting papers: June 20, 2022

Scientific direction

Adrienne Sala and Isabelle Giraudou with editorial committee of Ebisu. Études japonaises.

Editorial committee

  • Gilles Campagnolo,
  • Guillaume Ladmiral, 
  • Raphaël Languillon-Aussel, 
  • Sébastien Lechevalier,
  • Bernard Thomann,
  • Amira Zegrour

Places

  • Institut français de recherche sur le Japon à la Maison franco-japonaise - 3-9-25, Ebisu, Shibuya-ku
    Tokyo, Japan (150-0013)

Date(s)

  • Monday, January 17, 2022

Keywords

  • judiciarisation, professionnel du droit, environnement, conflit social, politique publique, Japon

Contact(s)

  • Amira Zegrour
    courriel : ebisu [at] mfj [dot] gr [dot] jp

Reference Urls

Information source

  • Amira Zegrour
    courriel : ebisu [at] mfj [dot] gr [dot] jp

To cite this announcement

« The judicialization of social and environmental issues in Japan », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Wednesday, October 27, 2021, https://calenda.org/926270

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