Socio-legal norms in preventing and managing disasters in Japan and the Asia-Pacific

1 March 2012 to 2 March 2012


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Early bird: $110 inc GST (until February 10, 2012)
Full fee: $220 inc GST (after February 10, 2012)
Sydney Law School Alumni: $176 inc GST
Full time Academic, Government/NGO, ANJeL member, Australia-Japan Society
of NSW member: $110 inc GST
University of Sydney Staff, Member of the China Studies
Centre, University of Tohoku Law Faculty Staff: Free (ID required)

The final session of the conference on March 2 (4.30pm) will be free to the public.


About the conference:

Socio-legal norms in preventing and managing disasters in Japan: Asia-Pacific and interdisciplinary perspectives

This conference compares the preparedness for large-scale disasters and subsequent responses in Japan, focusing on the '3-11' events: the earthquake and tsunami that devastated north-east Japan on 11 March 2011 and the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant radiation leaks. We will explore whether and how socio-legal norms may have differed significantly within Japan regarding the former, primarily a natural disaster; compared to the latter, a 'man-made' or artificial disaster.

The conference will focus on the legal or regulatory environment, but in broad social, economic and political context. It will bring together experts in relevant fields of domestic and international law as well as specialists in social history and literature, media studies and political economy. One working hypothesis is that cultural and social norms were more effective in helping both to prevent and manage responses to Japan's natural disaster, compared to the artificial disaster where political and economic factors played more significant roles. The project considers whether this phenomenon can be found in earlier periods and especially in other Asia-Pacific countries, particularly in China, Indonesia and New Zealand (susceptible to earthquakes and tsunamis), and the USA (the only other Asia-Pacific country to have experienced a serious nuclear emergency).

The conference will be divided into 4 main sessions:

1. Disaster-related socio-cultural and political-economic norms and practices in Japan: Professor Michael Lewis (University of Sydney), Dr Yasuko Claremont (University of Sydney), Dr Rebecca Suter (University of Sydney), Professor Kent Anderson (ANU/Adelaide), Associate Professor Leon Wolff (Bond University), Ms Kylie Fletcher-Johnstone (Bond University).

2. Regulatory frameworks and other legal norms in Japan: Professor Luke Nottage (University of Sydney), Professor Hiroshi Kabashima (Tohoku University), Associate Professor Hatsuru Morita (Tohoku University), Julius Weitzdoerfer (Max Planck Institute), Stacey Steele (Melbourne University) and Associate Professor Jin Chun (Daito Bunka University).

3. Regional comparisons - Indonesia, China, New Zealand, USA:Dr Nirartha Samadhi (BRR Institute), Dr Simon Butt (University of Sydney), Professor David Goodman (University of Sydney), Associate Professor Anxin Zhu (Nanjing University), Associate Professor Vivienne Bath (University of Sydney), Professor Michael Reich (Harvard), Mr Micah Burch (University of Sydney),Professor Elizabeth Toomey(Canterbury University).

4. International frameworks and cooperation: Professor Gillian Triggs (Dean,
Sydney Law School, University of Sydney), Dr Hitoshi Nasu (ANU).

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Lawyers/barristers: attendance at this2 day conference is equal to 11.25 MCLE/CPD unit. For a full program of current MCLE/CPD eligible events, please click here.


For further information on the conference,please visit the Japanese Law and the Asia Pacific blog.

To donate to the ongoing reconstruction work in northern Japan please visit the Japanese Red Cross Society or the Consulate-General of Japan

Time: 9.30am-5pm

Location: Sydney Law School, Building F10, Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney

Cost: See above

Contact: Event Coordinator

Phone: (02) 9351 0248

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