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Dynamics of International Human Rights Clinical Education in Japan: A Case at Kanagawa Law School

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As the legal education at Japanese universities underwent a fundamental change in the last decade with the creation of an American-type professional law school in 2004, the process of educating lawyers was then entrusted to more than 70 law schools established throughout the country. Law schools were duly expected to provide human rights education to students who will serve as lawyers. It is a requirement of the Constitution that not only constitutional rights but also international human rights norms be properly taken heed of in making legal arguments on human rights This article examines the program of the Kanagawa University, which founded an International Human Rights Clinic, when the law school system was initiated, which aimed to be in line with the spirit and letter of the Constitution.

Keywords: Japan; Kanagawa Law School; human rights; legal education; social justice

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Kanagawa University School of Law

Publication date: January 1, 2010

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