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LL.M. & LL.D. Programs (Curriculum)
Regulatory Design in a “Risk Society”
In December 2021, Kyushu University’s LL.M. and LL.D. programs were selected as recipients of Japanese government scholarships. Seven scholarships are now available each year for the LL.M program and one scholarship per year for the LL.D.
The theme of the accepted proposal to the Japanese government was law in a “risk society.” A risk society is characterized by fast-paced technological innovation, social disruption, and normative uncertainty. Our LL.M. and LL.D. programs place a particular emphasis on thinking about the design of legal rules to manage the unique challenge of a risk society.
If you are interested in receiving a Japanese government scholarship, please read the following carefully and submit a thesis proposal that fits with this theme and the topics listed below.
1 Purpose
The curriculum of the LL.M. and LL.D. programs aim to foster next-generation legal experts who can solve social issues in a so-called “risk society” characterized by fast-paced technological change and normative uncertainty. The program creates an education and research environment where individuals from different countries can co-learn, develop their problem-solving skills, and constantly improve and re-train their abilities.
The one-year master’s program (LL.M.) aims to create an education and research curriculum that combines advanced, multi-disciplinary, and principled content by combining core subjects, elective subjects, and basic subjects. Students in the master’s program (LL.M.) must take the required credits (20 coursework credits in total) from the “Core Courses,” “Elective Courses,” and “Basic Courses,” as well as write a master's thesis (50 or more pages) (10 thesis credits for the thesis).
Students in the three-year doctoral program (LL.D.) must participate in a Comprehensive Research Seminar and Research Training as compulsory core courses, take 5 credits from the “Elective Subject Group”, and write a doctoral thesis (about 300 pages).
2 LL.M. Core Courses (4 credits required)
In the “Core Subjects” section, students will be provided with subjects that help them develop the ability to examine advanced social issues on their own and solve them independently and in cooperation with others.
In the Legal Studies Primer, students will learn about economic analysis of law, comparative institutional analysis, and the selection and combination of regulatory methods, with the aim of providing students enrolled on this program with a perspective on the role that the legal system should play in social regulation, more generally.
Risk Society Camp will bring together students enrolled in this program and graduate students enrolled in the Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology at Kyushu University to discuss cutting-edge social issues in a risk society and combine their different skills to work together to create and solve social problems.
The Research Workshop on Risk Society and the Law will offer special lectures on the status of advanced social issues and laws and regulations, social research on advanced social issues in a field trip, as well as the presentation of the research projects by students enrolled on this LL.M. program.
3 LL.M. Elective Courses (10 credits required)
In the elective courses, we offer courses that examine the status and challenges of various contemporary social issues. The course content includes many interdisciplinary research topics (e.g., AI, platforms, algorithms, fintech, data protection, “flying cars,” creative industries, etc.). In addition, topics related to life science, medical welfare, etc. are also covered in classes on science and technology innovation policy, data protection, etc.
Indicative Course List
- Risk Management and the Law (1 credit)
  - Algorithms and the Law (1)
  - Platforms and the Law (1)
  - Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (1)
  - AI and Robot Law: Social and Legal Perspectives (1)
  - Bioethics and the Law
  - Creative Economy and Cultural Diversity (1)
  - Statistics: Data Analysis and a Soft Introduction to Blockchain (2)
  - Creative Thinking: Coding for Lawyers (2)
  - Introduction to European Information Technology Law (2)
  - Environmental and Energy Governance (2)
  - Fundamental Issues in Intellectual Property Laws (2)
  - Business Law in a Networked Age (2)
  - International Financial Regulation (1)
  - Japanese Business Law in Practice (2)
  - Social Research Methodology (2)
4 LL.M. Basic Courses (6 credits required)
In the “Basic Subjects” group, we offer subjects that provide the fundamental perspectives and background needed to examine advanced social issues related to a risk society. This is because the solution of advanced social issues addressed by the humanities and social sciences requires principled consideration, and the study of philosophical and historical perspectives cannot be neglected.
Indicative Course List
- Indicative Course List
  - White Collar and Corporate Crime (2 credits)
  - Intellectual Property and Private International Law (2)
  - Intellectual Property Dispute Resolutions in International Matters (2)
  - Japanese Intellectual Property Law Practice (2)
  - Contemporary Issues in Competition Law (2)
  - Law and Development: From the Perspective of Economic and Business History (2)
  - Introduction to EU Law (2)
  - International Relations & Global Governance (2)
  - International Law in Today's World (2)
  - Transnational Commercial Law and Foreign Investment Law (2)
  - Comparative Corporate Law (2)
  - Mediation and Other Conflict Management Approaches (2)
  - Roman Law (2)
  - Introduction to Public Policy (2)
  - Governance and Public Philosophy (2)
5 LL.M. Thesis Requirement (10 credits required)
LL.M. students are expected to write a dissertation on a contemporary issue related to the risk society. Students enrolled on the program will present their progress at the aforementioned “Research Workshop on Risk Society and the Law,” and receive feedback from faculty and other students as they develop their research.
6 Targeted Regions
We particularly welcome scholarship applications from the ASEAN region and our expectation is that students from that area will receive 50% of the available scholarships.
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