2-Credit CLE Event - Japanese Family Law and International Families: Implementation of the Hague Child Abduction Convention in Japan

Temple Law Japan is honored to present Ms. Mikiko Otani as a special guest speaker for a 2-credit CLE seminar on the topic Japanese Family Law and International Families.

Thursday, September 25, 2014
19:00 - Presentation
21:15 - End
Temple University, Japan Campus, Mita Hall 5th Floor (Access)
Email tujlaw@tuj.temple.edu by the day before the seminar (September 24).
Attendance Fee:
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Note: Open to anyone interested. You do not have to be seeking CLE credit, nor do you even have to be a lawyer.

As Japanese family law has remained unchanged for so long, it sometimes strikes foreigners that its rules and practice must be very different from those in other jurisdictions. In particular, the major differences in family laws based on different family systems and family values pose serious issues for an increasing number of international families. This presentation will explain some features of Japanese family law on such issues as the family register system, marriage, divorce, child custody and visitation. As Japan has joined the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction this year, the presentation will discuss its implementation and impact on the Japanese family law.

About the Speaker

Ms. Mikiko Otani

Mikiko Otani, a practicing family lawyer, has extensive experience of NGO activities in international human rights law. A member of the Tokyo Bar Association since 1990, she has specialized in international cases that focus on women's and children's rights. Ms. Otani earned an LLB at Sophia University, an MA in International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, and an LLM at the University of Tokyo.

Currently, Ms. Otani is Vice-Chair of both the Working Group on the Hague Convention on Child Abduction and of the Committee on International Human Rights in the Japan Federation of Bar Associations, where she is also a member of the Committee on Children's Rights. She is a mediator at the Tokyo Family Court. She was a member of the Legislative Council of the Ministry of Justice (Working Group on the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction) drafting legislation to implement the Convention in Japan.

Ms. Otani has played a leading role representing various women's NGOs. She has been involved in the reporting process for Japan under the Conventions on the Rights of the Child and on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). She is a former Vice-President of the Japan Women's Bar Association; former member of the Programme and Management Committee and the Regional Council of the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development; co-chair of the Women Lawyers' Interest Group of the International Bar Association; Alternative Representative of the Delegation of Japan to the 60th and the 61st UN General Assembly (Third Committee); and Advisor (NGO Representative) of the Delegation of Japan to the 53rd UN Commission on the Status of Women.

Ms. Otani has taught international human rights at Soka and Omiya Law Schools, and women and children's issues as a visiting professor at the University of Hawai`i Law School. She has lectured at training seminars for lawyers in Cambodia, Mongolia, Iraq, Iran, and Malaysia, and spoken about human rights and family law issues at conferences in Japan and abroad. Ms. Otani has published extensively in these topics.

About CLE Credit

Please bring your state attorney ID number so that you can complete the necessary paperwork. Various states, including California and New York, recognize Pennsylvania CLE credits. However, attorneys are responsible for checking with the CLE board in their jurisdiction before attending the CLE seminar whether Pennsylvania CLE credits will count towards their CLE requirements and what their jurisdiction requires them to do to claim out-of-state CLE credits. Please inform us before the seminar if your CLE board requires anything other than a copy of the Pennsylvania CLE credit form and a certificate of attendance.

Persons who are interested in the topic but who do not require CLE credits are most welcome to attend.