Professor Lawrence Repeta (J.D.)

Professor Lawrence Repeta (J.D.)


1979 University of Washington Law School (J.D.)


2010 – 2017 Professor, responsible to teach courses in American and international law, Faculty of Law, Meiji University, Japan
2008 – 2010 Visiting Professor, University of Washington Law School, Seattle, WA. USA  (Garvey Schubert Visiting Professor of Asian Law)
2004 – 2009 Professor, responsible to teach courses in U.S. law and to co-direct the Legal Clinic in Freedom of Information at Omiya Law School, Japan
2003 – 2004 Abe Fellow, conducted research in open government law at the National Security Archive, Washington, D.C. ( sponsored by the Center for Global Partnership (
2001 – 2003 Director, Temple University Law School Program in Japan and Associate Dean, Temple University Japan


2017 “Chilling Effects on News Reporting in Japan’s ‘Anonymous Society’” (with Yasuomi Sawa) in Kingston (ed.), Press Freedom in Contemporary Japan (Routledge, 2017)
2016 Suppressing Free Speech in Japan – the Police Campaign of 2004, 23 Meiji Law Journal 25
“Nationalism and the Law – Japan’s Tale of Two Constitutions,” in Kingston (ed.), Asian Nationalisms Reconsidered (Routledge, 2016)
2015 “Japan’s Constitutional Past, Present and Possible Futures,” (with Colin P.A. Jones) in Allison and Baldwin (eds.) Japan: The Precarious Years Ahead (NYU Press, 2015)
“’Personal Information,’ Media Control, and Government Power – Legislative Battles in Japan, 1999-2003,” 22 Meiji Law Journal 9 
2014 “Raising the Wall of Secrecy in Japan – the State Secrecy Law of 2013,” 21 Meiji Law Journal 13
2013 “Japan’s Judicial System Reform Council and the ‘Rule of Law’,” Journal of the Japanese Association of the Sociology of Law, Vol. 78  
2011 “Law and Society,” in Bestor and Bestor (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Japanese Culture and Society (Routledge)
“Reserved Seats on Japan’s Supreme Court,” Washington University Law Journal, Vol. 88 
“Citizens: The Founders of Japan’s Freedom Information Movement,” Meiji Law Journal, Vol. 18
2010 “The 1949 Attorneys Law –Private Lawyers Gain Autonomy, Foreign Lawyers Find a New Path to the Bar, in Haley (ed.) Law and Practice in Postwar Japan: The Postwar Reforms and Their Influence (Blakemore Foundation and International House of Japan)
2008 “Mr. Madison in the 21st Century – The Global Diffusion of Freedom of Information Laws,” in Watanabe and McConnell (eds.) Soft Power in Action: National Assets in Japan and the United States (M.E. Sharpe)