Institute of Law and Social Sciences was founded to plan, design and conduct empirical social-scientific research on legal institutions in April 2005. In Japan a series of judicial reform has been planned and implemented since 2000. Efforts for judicial reform will be continuously made to respond to future social changes. In this context, it is particularly important in planning a policy for institutional reform to have empirical data on how an institution works in what social conditions. The purpose of ILSS is to plan and conduct empirical research which is necessary for formulating reform policies, and to promote the training of future social scientists who will conduct a wide range of policy studies. At present, ILSS manages two research projects:
(1) Dispute Resolution and Civil Justice in the Legalizing Society (Civil Justice Research Project)
(2) Disputantfs Needs and Out-of-Court Dispute Resolution ? Analyses on Empirical Data
Institute of Law and Social Sciences Graduate School of Law
Meiji Univeristy 1-1 Kanda Surugadai Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-8301 JAPAN

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