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Higuchi, Norio (Mr.)

Professor of Law
The University of Tokyo, Faculty of Law
7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo, Tokyo, 113-0033 JAPAN
Tel: 81-3-5841-3264 ; E-mail: nhiguchi@j.u-tokyo.ac.jp

Born in Niigata, Japan on December 8, 1951

Education and Career

1974: LL.B., The University of Tokyo, Faculty of Law
1974-77: Research Assistant, The University of Tokyo
1978-79: Lecturer, Gakushuin University
1979-86: Associate Professor, Gakushuin University
1986-92: Professor of Law, Gakushuin University
Aug. 1992 to date: Professor of Law, The University of Tokyo

Specialty

Anglo-American Law: contract, torts, family law and medical law

Research and other relevant overseas activities

  • 1981-83: Researching at the University of Michigan Law School and at the College of Law, University of Arizona, as a fellow from the International House of Japan (Nitobe Fellow)
  • 1995: Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan Law School teaching a course on Current Legal Issues in Japan
  • 1999: Visiting Professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School

Public lectures or presentations at academic societies
(The following presentations were made in Japanese)

  • 1) On the Freedom to Breach the Contract, at the regular meeting of the Japanese American Society for Legal Studies (1983)
  • 2) A Comparative Look at Comparative Negligence, at the annual meeting of the Japan Association of Private Law
  • 3) Information and Privacy Law in American Adoption Law, at the annual meeting of the Society for Socio-Legal Studies on Family Law (1989)
  • 4) Tort Reform or Tort Replacement?---Malpractice Reform in U.S.A., at the annual meeting of the Academic Society for Law and Social Science (1991)
  • 5) Fiduciary relationship: Its American meaning and Japanese thinking, at the Trust Companies Association (1992)
  • 6) Child abuses under Japanese Law, at the research conference of psychiatrist, obstetricians and other physicians (1992)
  • 7) Children's Rights in U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, at the annual meeting of the Society for Socio-Legal Studies on Family Law (1993)
  • 8) Physician assited suicide in Japan, at a staff seminar at the Univ. of Michigan Law School (1995)
  • 9) Trust and Contract, at Trust Law Society (1996)
  • 10) Fiduciary Model and Contractarian Model, at Kyoto conference on modern contract law (1997)
  • 11) Telemedicine in Japan from a legal perspective, International conference on telemedicine (1997)
  • 12) Patients' access to their own medical records in common law countries, at Medical Law Society Symposium (1998)
  • 13) Patient-Physician Relation: Contractual or Fiduciary?, at the Prvate Law Society Annual Meeting (1999)

Major Publications

Books

  • 1) Oyako to Ho (Laws of Parent and Child: A Comparison of Japan and the United States) pp. 250 (Kobundo 1988)(1989 U.S.-Japan Friendship Commission Best Book Prize)
  • 2) Dictionary of Anglo-American Law (Co-editor, The University of Tokyo Press 1991)
  • 3) American Contract Law pp. 350 (Kobundo 1994)
  • 4) Japanese Law in an International Context (S. Ishii & N. Higuchi eds. pp. 466 The University of Tokyo Press 1995)
  • 5) Gendai Amerika Ho no Rekishi, translation of Morton J. Horwitz, The Transformation of American Law 1870-1960, pp. 385 (Kobundo 1996)
  • 6) Selected cases on Anglo-American law (coeditor, Yuhikaku 1997)
  • 7) The Age of Fiduciaries pp.261 (Yuhikaku 1999)
  • 8) American Law of Trusts vols. 1 & 2 (Kobundo, 2000, 2003)
  • 9) American Law of Agency (Kobundo, 2002)
  • 10) Contemporary Law of Trusts in the United States (Yushindo,2002)
  • 11) Personal Health Information and its Security (2d ed. Yuhikaku, 2005)
  • 12) Casebook on Bioethics and the Law (Yuhikaku, 2004)
  • 13) Bioethics and the Law vol. 1 & 2 (Kobundo, 2005, 2007)
  • 14) Medicine and Law Reconsidered, vol. 1 & 2 (Yuhikaku, 2007, 2008)
  • 15) Introduction to the Trusts and Law (Kobundo, 2007)
  • 16) American Law of Torts (Kobundo, 2009)
  • 17) Inspiring American Law (Yuhikaku, 2010)

Major Articles: written in Japanese unless otherwise specified

  • 1) Specific Performance of Contract in Anglo-American Law, in Eibei-Ho no Shosou 601-35 (H.Tanaka ed. 1980)
  • 2) Freedom to Breach the Contract, [1983-2] Amerika-Ho 217-40 (1984)
  • 3) A Japanese Scholar Looks at Liquidated Damages, 19 Gakushuin Review of Law & Politics 1-34 (1984)(Written in English)
  • 4) Collateral Source Rule in American Tort Law, 20 Gakushuin Review of Law & Politics 171-259 (1985)
  • 5) Tort of Bad Faith Breach of Contract: An Exception to the Freedom to Breach the Contract, 21 Gakushuin Review of Law & Politics 25-67 (1986)
  • 6) Children's Torts: U.S. Law and Japanese Law, in Eibei-Ho Ronshu 405-42 (K. Fujikura ed. 1987)
  • 7) Law and Economics, and Contract Law: An Application in the Risk of Loss and Mistake Problems, in Hogaku Seminar 46-49 (Dec. 1987)
  • 8) A Comparative Look at Comparative Negligence: American Law and Japanese Law (Summary written in English), 50 Shiho 110- 17 (1988)
  • 9) Case Note: The Meaning of Baby M Judgment by the New Jersey Supreme Court, 96 Hogaku Kyousitu 76-81 (1988)
  • 10) The Pros and Cons on Punitive Damages, 911 Jurist 19-25 (1988)
  • 11) Children's Rights, in Horitu Jiho 19-25 (Nov. 1989)
  • 12) Information and Privacy in American Adoption Law, 6 Socio-Legal Studies on Family Issues 99-124 (1990)
  • 13) Legal Issues on Foster Parents in the United States, 17 Studies of Adoption and Foster Care 2-16 (1990)
  • 14) Legal Issues of Surrogate Motherhood, 747 Hanrei Times 184-89 (1991)
  • 15) The Patient's Right to Know of a Cancer Diagnosis: A Comparison of Japanese Paternalism and American Self- Determination (Written in English), 31 Washburn L.J. 455-73 (1992)
  • 16) American Legal System for Child Protective Services, 227 Case Kenkyu 2-22 (1991)
  • 17) Children's Rights: A development in the United States, 3 Gendai-Kazoku-Ho-Koza (1992)
  • 18) Fiduciary Relationship and the Duty of the Trustee, 170 Shintaku (Trust) 99-115 (1992)
  • 19) Parenthood under Japanese Law (Written in English, in Bainham & Pearl eds., Frontiers of Family Law 95-106, John Wiley & Sons 2d ed. 1995)
  • 20) Child Abuse and the U.S. Supreme Court (1993)
  • 21) Minor's Contract: U.S. and Japan, 432 Minji Kenshu 10-26 (1993)
  • 22) Child, Parent and the State under the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, 10 The Socio-Legal Studies on Family Law 124-39 (English Summary at 275-80)(1994)
  • 23) The Good Samaritan and the Law: A Comparison of U.S. law and Japanese law on the duty to rescue, in Japanese Law in an International Context 243-74, (S. Ishii & N. Higuchi eds. The University of Tokyo Press 1995)
  • 24) Assisted Conception and Parent-Child Relationship, 1059 Jurist 129-36 (1995)
  • 25) Children and Elders under the Japanese Civil Code, 1126 Jurist 29-35 (1998)
  • 26) Patients' Autonomy under Japanese Law, in vol. 14 of the Iwanami Koza, Contemporary Law and Legal Theory 63-99 (1998)
  • 27) In Vitro Fertilization by Nonspousal Egg: A Legal Analysis, Horitsu no Hiroba 1998 Sept. Issue 39-43 (1998)
  • 28) A Comment on Individual Information and its Legal Protection in Japan, 1145 Jurist 52-59, 1146 Jurist 108-113 (1998)
  • 29) Patient-Physician Relation: Contractual or Fiduciary?, in Takao Tanase ed., Contract and its Related Practices (Kobundo, 1999)


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