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2-Credit CLE Event - Japanese Family Law and International Families

Date : 25 Sept. to 26 Sept. 2014
City : Tokyo

Country : Japan.
Venue : Temple University, Japan Campus, Mita Hall 5th Floor

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Temple Law Japan is honored to present Ms. Mikiko Otani as a special guest speaker for a 2-credit CLE seminar on the topic Japanese Family Law and International Families.

As Japanese family law has remained unchanged for so long, it sometimes strikes foreigners that its rules and practice must be very different from those in other jurisdictions. In particular, the major differences in family laws based on different family systems and family values pose serious issues for an increasing number of international families. This presentation will explain some features of Japanese family law on such issues as the family register system, marriage, divorce, child custody and visitation. As Japan has joined the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction this year, the presentation will discuss its implementation and impact on the Japanese family law.

Open to anyone interested. You do not have to be seeking CLE credit, nor do you even have to be a lawyer

About the Speaker

Mikiko Otani, a practicing family lawyer, has extensive experience of NGO activities in international human rights law. A member of the Tokyo Bar Association since 1990, she has specialized in international cases that focus on women's and children's rights. Ms. Otani earned an LLB at Sophia University, an MA in International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, and an LLM at the University of Tokyo.

Currently, Ms. Otani is Vice-Chair of both the Working Group on the Hague Convention on Child Abduction and of the Committee on International Human Rights in the Japan Federation of Bar Associations, where she is also a member of the Committee on Children's Rights. She is a mediator at the Tokyo Family Court. She was a member of the Legislative Council of the Ministry of Justice (Working Group on the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction) drafting legislation to implement the Convention in Japan.

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