Wednesday, August 27, 2014

          The Legal Impact of the Fukushima Disaster

          The UC Hastings East Asian Legal Studies Program presents "The Role of Law and Lawyers for Nuclear Disaster Victims: A UC Hastings-Waseda Symposium on the Legal Aftermath of the Fukushima-Daiichi Nuclear Power Station Disaster."

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          Unprecedented disasters test the ability of law and lawyers to provide relief to victims. The March 11, 2011 disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station caused by the massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami spewed radioactivity to surrounding areas and caused the evacuation of 113,000 residents and the relocation of eight municipal governments. 

          This situation posed an enormous challenge for the law and lawyers. How could people seek remedies for their damages? What new laws were required to help local governments and residents? Did the devastated areas have a sufficient number of prepared lawyers, and how could outside lawyers help? How could legal services be provided to relocated local governments and dispersed residents?

          A group of faculty members and affiliated lawyers of Waseda University Law School organized a project to meet these and other challenges in the legal aftermath of this disaster. This symposium includes two leading faculty members and one affiliated lawyer of Waseda, as well as a leading American Japanologist who researched these issues. Panelists include:

          • Professor Morris Ratner, UC Hastings College of the Law
          • Professor Yoshitaka Wada, Waseda University Law School
          • Professor Takao Suami, Waseda University Law School
          • Mr. Kenji Fukuda, Partner, Waseda Legal Commons LLP
          • Professor Eric Feldman, University of Pennsylvania Law School

          This is an MCLE event, 1 MCLE credit will be given for each hour attended (lunch and reception not included).

          This event is co-sponsored by:

          • Japan Society of Northern California
          • Collaborative Research Network on East Asian Law and Society of the Law and Society Association.


          The symposium is free for students, faculty and staff and $30 for members of the public. It will be held in the Alumni Reception Center, 2nd Floor, 200 McAllister Street, San Francisco from 8:30 am –6:15pm on Friday, September 19, 2014.


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