Timothy Webster


Japanese courts have become increasingly open to the use of international human rights law in the past two decades. This paper examines several of the key decisions that reflect the judiciary's embrace of international law, particularly in the areas of criminal procedure and minority rights. I argue that the judiciary has eclipsed the other branches of government as the primary disseminator of human rights norms in Japan.


human rights, international law, domestic application, criminal procedure, minority rights

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Columbia Journal of Asian Law

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International Human Rights Law in Japan: The View at Thirty


23 Columbia Journal of Asian Law 241 (2010).

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