Publications on Japanese Law

Publications on Japanese Law

At the Institute numerous monographs and collected editions on Japanese law have been authored which have mapped the key features of this research landscape. Furthermore, the Institute is responsible for the publication of the world’s only Western-language legal periodical about the myriad developments in Japanese law, which follows a consistent approach and offers regular and timely documentation and analysis.

Journal of Japanese Law

In cooperation with the German-Japanese Association of Jurists (DJJV), the Institute publishes the “Zeitschrift für Japanisches Recht/Journal of Japanese Law” (ZJapanR/J.Japan.L), which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2016. This periodical is an international journal serving the needs of lawyers and scholars interested in Japanese law; its goal is to make all areas of the Japanese legal system accessible in a comprehensive and methodologically structured manner.

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Book Series: Special Editions of the Journal of Japanese Law

Harald Baum, Moritz Bälz, Jan Grotheer (eds.), Die Sicherung des Rechtsstaates. Symposium aus Anlass des dreißigjährigen Bestehens der Deutsch-Japanischen Juristenvereinigung (Zeitschrift für Japanisches Recht, Sonderheft 15), Carl Heymanns Verlag, Köln 2019, VI + 109 pp.
Private Autonomy and Personal Responsibility – A German-Japanese Comparative Study
The special issue of the Journal of Japanese Law comparatively examines the tension arising between modern legislation and the dual pillars of contractual freedom and personal responsibility. more
Keizo Yamamoto, Yuko Nishitani, Harald Baum (eds.), Gegenwärtiger Stand und Aufgabe der Privatautonomie in Japan und Deutschland (Zeitschrift für Japanisches Recht, Sonderheft 14), Carl Heymanns Verlag, Köln 2019, VI + 168 pp.


The Special Issue Number 11 of the Journal of Japanese Law offers a comprehensive comparative analysis of the role played by information duties in Japanese and German jurisdictions.
Marc Dernauer, Harald Baum, Moritz Bälz (eds.), Information Duties – Japanese and German Private Law (Zeitschrift für Japanisches Recht, Sonderheft 11), Carl Heymanns Verlag, Köln 2018, VIII + 284 pp.


Already in the era of the Hanseatic League, self-regulation was an attractive mechanism that allowed parties to engage in cross-border commerce without state intervention and according to rules of their own design. Today as well, self-regulation is an effective means offering quick and flexible solutions to challenges posed by global trade and technological advances. In the special issue commemorating the 20th anniversary of the “Journal of Japanese Law” editors Harald Baum, Moritz Bälz and Marc Dernauer, together with an array of internationally renowned private law and business law scholars, examine the importance of self-regulation in Germany and Japan from a comparative perspective.
Harald Baum, Moritz Bälz, Marc Dernauer (eds.), Self-regulation in Private Law in Japan and Germany (Zeitschrift für Japanisches Recht, Sonderheft 11), Carl Heymanns Verlag, Köln 2018, VI + 282 pp.

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Monographs and Edited Volumes

Dan W. Puchniak, Harald Baum, Luke Nottage (eds.), Independent Directors in Asia. A Historical, Contextual and Comparative Approach, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2017, 634 pp.

Julius Weitzdörfer, Verbraucherkreditregulierung in Japan, Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen 2020, Dissertation Universität Hamburg 2018, XX, 440 pp.

Torsten Spiegel
, Independent Directors in Japan. Die japanische Corporate Governance und effektives Monitoring aus rechtsvergleichender Sicht (2017), Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen, XXV + 305 pp.

Eva Schwittek
, Internationales Gesellschaftsrecht in Japan. Im Vergleich mit dem Internationalen Gesellschaftsrecht in der EU und in Deutschland (2015), Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen, XXV + 398 pp.

Harald Baum, Luke Nottage, Joel Rheuben, Markus Thier, Japanese Business Law in Western Languages: An Annotated Selective Bibliography, 2. ed., Hein, Buffalo, NY 2013, XII + 450 pp.
Harald Baum, Dan W. Puchniak, Michael Ewing-Cho (eds.), The Derivative Action in Asia: A Comparative and Functional Approach, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2012, XXIV + 452 pp.
Harald Baum, Moritz Bälz (eds.), Handbuch Japanisches Handels- und Wirtschaftsrecht, Carl Heymanns Verlag, Köln 2011, LXXIV + 1726 pp.

Gabriele Koziol, Lizenzen als Kreditsicherheiten Zivilrechtliche Grundlagen in Deutschland, Österreich und Japan (2011), Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen, XV + 179 pp.

Jürgen Basedow, Harald Baum, Yuko Nishitani (eds.), Japanese and European Private International Law in Comparative Perspective (Materialien zum ausländischen und internationalen Privatrecht, 48), Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen 2008, 434 pp.
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