Institut of Japanese Law



The Institute of Japanese Law at the FernUniversität in Hagen was established in 1990 with a study and research emphasis on Japanese law.

The Institute offers a profound knowledge of Japanese law through education programmes provided to students who are at the advanced stage of studies as well as graduate, junior and qualified lawyer.

Furthemore we focus on research development of Japanese law and activation of domestic and international partnerships in the area of comparative law, which covers more Asian legal systems – information portal of Korean law is currently under construction.

The Institute plays a very important role in developing a special library of Japanese law and thereby furnishes bibliographic research possibilities. We currently establish the special library consisting of Japanese original literature.


We offer a distance learning programme for further education and one elective course for Master of Laws (LL.M.) programme.

<Further Education Programme>

Our further education programme is provided primarily to jurists (qualified and junior jurists and students) and is also open to people who have basic legal education. Japanese language knowledge is not required. The programme consists of two modules – compulsory and elective:

Compulsory Module: Introduction to Comparative Law, Basics about Japan – State, Society, Economy, Politics, Japanese Constitutional Law, and Japanese Civil Code

Elective Module (choose at least one Modul): Introduction to Japanese Commercial, Company and Tax Law, and Japanese Labour Law

<Elective Module for the Master of Laws (LL.M.) Programme>

We offer Introduction to Japanese Law as one of the elective modules of the LL.M. programme at FernUniversität in Hagen. This module consists of Japanese constitutional law and Japanese civil code. Japanese language knowledge is not required.

Further Education Programme

Elective Module for the Master of Laws (LL.M.) Programme


Students can attain a participation certificate after successful completion of the compulsory module.

A collegiate certificate is issued upon successful completion of one of the courses of the elective module,

and either participation into the compact seminar, or homework together with an oral exam.

Structure of Introduction to Japanese Law

Basics of Japanese Law (2 ECTS), Japanese Constitutional Law (2 ECTS),

Japanese Civil Code (2 ECTS), Final Seminar*(4 ECTS).

*Students are required to produce a written seminar work in order to finalise the programme

Duration of Study

One year (extendable without extra cost) possible.

Workload, Credits and Duration

300 hrs, 10 , 1 Semester

Tuition Fees

  • Compulsory Module - Standard €1.000, €800, €600

*Referendare - €800, €600

  • Elective Module - Each course €300 (no discount is available)

Tuition Fees

See Information brochure FernUniversität in Hagen


Any time possible regardless of semester. Rolling admission.

Participation Requirement

Please see §4 of the exam regulation of Master of Laws Programme at FernUniversität.

Cooperation and Partnership

The institute of Japanese law keeps contact with law faculties and law schools of all important national and private Universities in Japan. We entered into official partnerships with Doshisha, Waseda and Ritsumeikan University with a view to providing a mutual study platform. Besides, the institute builds up contact with institutions and organisations outside Germany which engage in the Japanese law (UK, USA and Australia).


Executive Management

Prof. emeritus Dr. jur. Dr. h.c. Ulrich Eisenhardt

Prof. emeritus Dr. jur. Dr. phil. Thomas Vormbaum

Executive Director

Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Marutschke

Deputy Executive Director

In-Ho Kim, M.Sc., M.A., MBL-HSG, M.B.M.

Tel.: +49 2331 987 – 2928

Acadmic Assistant

Shizuka Rein, LL.M.

Tel.: +49 2331 987 – 2578


FernUniversität in Hagen

Rechtswissenschaftliche Fakultät

Institut für Japanisches Recht

Villa Bechem

Feithstraße 152

58097 Hagen


Telefon: +49 2331 987- 2928 / Fax: +49 2331 987-336

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