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Decision Making


2010 Conference Regarding

Decision Making on the Japanese Supreme Court

Washington University School of Law and the Center for Empirical Research in the Law are proud to bring together scholars and judges from Japan, Canada, and the United States for a two-day symposium on the subject of "Decision Making on the Japanese Supreme Court." The agenda embraces every aspect and determinant of the Japanese Supreme Court's behavior, from the role of precedent and the organization of its law clerk system, to the manner in which Japanese judges are appointed and promoted, to the political environment within which the Court operates.

The goal of the conference is to promote open, candid, and free-wheeling debate among leading experts on the Court, including two distinguished former members of the Court itself, that will challenge the conventional scholarly wisdom about how the Court behaves and why it does so. The papers and responses presented at the conference will be published in a symposium issue of the Washington University Law Review.