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International Law, Human Rights and Japanese Law: The Impact of International Law on Japanese Law

ISBN : 9780198259121

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¥27,841
Author: 
Yuji Iwasawa
Pages
398 Pages
Format
Hardcover
Size
163 x 243 mm
Pub date
Sep 1998
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The impact international law has had on Japanese law has been substantial, especially in the field of human rights. The author of this volume, one of Japan's leading international lawyers, examines extensively the relationship between his country's domestic rules and regulations, and the numerous international treaties and conventions which it has ratified in recent years. Some changes were made to domestic laws in an attempt to make them conform with these international instruments, but individuals went to the courts to try to obtain further necessary modification. Such direct invocations of international law have met with little success, but the laws concerned are often amended at a later date, due to political pressure. The changes in domestic law thatsuch amendments have wrought, have improved the human rights situation in Japan, and have lead to a growing interest in international law within that country. The author pays particular attention in this volume to the laws governing sexual equality, the legal status of aliens, and the treatment of mental health patients, amongst others. The book details the changes that international law has brought in these areas, despite the skepticism of the Japanese courts regarding the validity of international human rights law as a source of law.

Index: 

I. INTRODUCTORY CHAPTER
II. THE TREATY-MAKING PROCESS IN JAPAN
III. THE STATUS OF INTERNATIONAL LAW IN JAPAN
IV. THE IMPACT OF INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS LAW ON RESIDENT ALIENS IN JAPAN
V. THE IMPACT OF INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS LAW ON WOMEN IN JAPAN
VI. THE IMPACT OF INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS LAW ON DETENTION IN JAPAN
VII. CONCLUDING CHAPTER

About the author: 

Yuji Iwasawa is Professor of International Law in the Department of international relations in the University of Tokyo, Japan. He is the author of numerous articles on international law and its relationships with domestic laws.

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