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Hiroshi MATSUO

Professor of Keio University Law School
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Since 2003, Hiroshi MATSUO has been a professor of law at Keio University, where he teaches Civil Law and Law and Development. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Sydney (1997) and the University of Oxford (1998-1999). He graduated from Keio University and studied at Hitotsubashi University in a post graduate course. He taught at Yokohama City University (1990-1994) and Yokohama National University (1994-2003) before he moved to Keio University. He has been participating in Legal Cooperation with Indochinese countries, Myanmar, Nepal, etc. undertaken by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). He was awarded the Mainichi 21st Century Prize in 1993.

◆Fields of Expertise  

• Civil Law including Law of Property, Successions, Contract, Quasi-contract, Tort, Family Relations
• Law and Development
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◆Selected Publications       

A. Articles Written in English

- "Historical and Theoretical Intimacy between the Concepts of Rights and Property," in: Rex Martin and Gerhard Sprenger (ed.), ARSP-Beiheft, Vol. 67, Rights, Franz Steiner Verlag, 1997, pp. 72-80.
- "Reception of Law and Civil Law Tradition," in: Guenther Doeker-Mach and Klaus A. Ziegert (eds.), Law, Legal Culture and Politics in the Twenty First Century, Franz Steiner Verlag, Stuttgart, 2004, pp. 79-88.
- "The Rule of Law and Economic Development: A Cause of a Result?," in: Yoshiharu Matsuura (ed.), The Role of Law in Development: Past, Present and Future, CALE Books 2, Nagoya University, pp. 59-70.
- "Let the Rule of Law be Flexible to Attain Good Governance," in: Per Bergling, Jenny Ederlöf and Veronica L. Taylor (eds.), Rule of Law Promotion: Global Perspectives, Local Applications, Iustus, Uppsala, 2009, pp. 41-56.
- "From Crisis to Opportunity: Prospect for Legal Cooperation in Maynmar" Keio Law Journal, No. 13, 2009, pp. 275-297 (co-authored with Nyo Nyo Thinn).
- "Access to Justice in Indochinese Countries," in: Michèle and Henrik Schmiegelow (eds.), Institutional Competition between Common Law and Civil Law: Theory and Policy, Springer, 2014, pp. 249-277.
- "Access to Justice in Democratization Movements," Keio Law Review, No. 30, 2014, pp. 21-36.

B. Other Materials in English

- "Possession and Recovery," in: Christopher Berry Grey (ed.), The Philosophy of Law: An Encyclopedia, Garland Publishing, Inc., 1999, pp. 666-668.
- Introduction to the Civil Law Systems, JICA-Net Library, 2005, available at:
- Capacity Development for Legal and Judicial Sectors in Developing Countries: JICA'S Cooperation for "Rule of Law" Promotion, Public Policy Department, Japan International Cooperation Agency, 2009, available at:

C. Books Written in Japanese (titles are translated into English)

- A System of the Japanese Civil Law, 5rd edition, Keio University Press, 2010.
- An Analysis of Case Law on Fraud and Duress, Ichiryu-sha, 2000.
- Civil Law and Tax Law, 2nd edition, Gyosei, 2007 (co-authored with Ryoichi Masuko).
- Law of Obligations, General Provisions, Horitsu-bunka-sha, 2006 (co-authored with Kazuhiko Matsui, Kenzaburo Kozumi, Masakazu Harada).
- Law of Property, 2nd edition, Kobun-do, 2007 (co-authored with Kenzaburo Kozumi).
- Good Governance and the Rule of Law, Nihon-hyoron-sha, 2009.
- Property Rights and Compensation for Takings, Taisei-shuppan, 2011.
- A Basic Theory of Law and Development, Keiso-shobo, 2012.
- Reading the Civil Law Reform in Japan, Keio University Press, 2012.
- Major Cases on Compensation for Takings, Taisei-shuppan, 2015.

D. Articles Written in Japanese

More than 90 articles in the fields of Civil Law, Law and Development, Natural Law Theory, Comparative Law, Legal History, etc.

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