Professor Kent Anderson

BA (Middlebury), MA, JD (Washington U), MJur (Oxford)
Director of the School of Culture, History and Language; Deputy Dean, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
ANU College of Law and ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
T: +61-[0]2-6125-5125

Areas of expertise

  • Commercial And Contract Law 180105
  • Conflict Of Laws (Private International Law) 180107
  • Japanese Language 200312
  • International Law (Excl. International Trade Law) 180116
  • Comparative Law 180106
  • Law And Society 180119
  • Causes And Prevention Of Crime 160201
  • Asian Cultural Studies 200202
  • Criminal Law And Procedure 180110
  • Other Law And Legal Studies 1899
  • Law 1801

Research interests

In addition to private international law and insolvency, he teaches a variety of Japanese law courses including a cross-listed introductory course, an advanced seminar, a language course on reading Japanese legal materials, a moot arbitration and negotiation in Japan course, and an intensive graduate course in Kyoto. His research has focused on Japanese insolvency, conflict of laws, and recently the introduction of Japan's new quasi-jury system (saiban-in seido).


Kent Anderson is a comparative lawyer specialising in Japan. He is the Director of the School of Culture, History and Language in the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific and holds a joint appointment with the ANU College of Law. Kent has an eclectic background, having completed tertiary studies in Japan, US, and UK, and working first as a marketing manager with a US regional airline, then as a practicing commercial lawyer in Hawaii, and, before joining ANU, as associate professor at Hokkaido University School of Law. He has also been a visiting professor at Waseda, Nagoya, and Chuo Universities in Japan. Outside of work, Kent enjoys brewing Ales, listening to the Blues, and playing with his Child - the ABCs of life.


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