Ko Hasegawa




Executive Vice President (University Office), Professor (School of Law)

Research Keywords

Philosophy of Law


MA: (LL.M.) University of Tokyo, 1979
PhD: (LL.D.) University of Tokyo, 1982


I have been teaching philosophy of law and other related issues in law and moral theory for three decades at Hokkaido University. In my career, I have taught on several occasions in the USA and UK, and given various presentations at international conferences. I love this beautiful campus and the nationally-known liberal academic environment of the School of Law.

I have been involved in the development of MJSP and believe MJSP is an attractive interdisciplinary program in Japan studies. I am delighted to be able to join you and my teaching colleagues in the development of this program, and especially to provide you with a cultural-philosophical perspective on law in modern Japan.

Selected Publications

  • “Interactive Reason in Law”
     (Shortly published in ARSP, 2017)
  • “The Dynamics of “Confluence” in a Legal System”
     (in Transnational Legal Theory, Vol. 7: 1, 2016, pp. 1-8)
  • “Normative Translation in the Heterogeneity of Law”
     (in: Transnational Legal Theory, Vol. 6: 3-4, 2015, pp.501-517)
  • “How Can Law Hold Hope in Cultural Complexity?”
     (2011, at:http://meridian-180.org/node/246)
  • “Between Rights and ‘Kenri’”
     (in: E. Cashin-Retaine, ed., Legal Engineering and Comparative Law, Vol. 2, Schulthess, 2009, pp.87-103)
  • “Incorporating Foreign Legal Ideas through Translation”
     (in: A. Halpin, et.al., eds. Theorizing the Global Legal Order, Hart Publishing, 2009, pp.85-106)