Professor Shigenori Matsui joined the Faculty at the Allard School of Law in 2006. Professor Matsui is currently the Director of Japanese Legal Studies and is the Acting Director of Korean Legal Studies. He is also affiliated with the Centre for Business Law. Beyond the Allard School of Law, Professor Matsui is the Co-Director of the Centre for Japanese Research at UBC.
Professor Matsui holds LLB, LLM, and LLD degrees from Kyoto University and a JSD from Stanford University. Prior to joining the Faculty, Professor Matsui worked in the field of law at Osaka University from April 1983 to December 2005. Over his 22 years at Osaka University, Professor Matsui’s positions included Associate Professor, Professor, University Council member, and Associate Dean of the Osaka University Law School, which was established in 2004.
Professor Matsui’s research focuses on constitutional law, mass media law, internet law, and the relationship between law and medicine. This research has allowed him to work with many international academic institutions as a visiting scholar - including UBC from 1990 to 1991. Others include the University of California, University College London, the University of Washington, and the University of Western Australia.
Outside of academia, Professor Matsui’s career has involved working for the Japanese Government as a member of the National Freedom of Information Board and as an examiner for the National Bar Examination Commission (Constitutional Law). He has produced numerous publications, including the books Mass Media Law (3 rd ed., 2003) and Reflections Upon the Japanese Constitution.