Go Forward

Purpose of Establishment of Institute of Comparative Law

Meiji Law School, the predecessor of the Meiji University School of Law, was founded in 1881 by the three young law scholars, Tatsuo Kishimoto, Kozo Miyagi and Misao Yashiro who empathized with the philosophy at the foundation of modern law established by the French Revolution. More specifically, they look “rights and Liberty” and “independence and self-government” as the founding principles of the school which was aimed at helping modern European law to take root in Japan and protecting the rights and freedoms of the Japanese people.

Meiji University 's slogan—a university that strengthens the “individual” —carries over the founding principles of the Meiji Law School, namely, rights, liberty, independence and self-government. From its establishment in 1881 to today, Meiji University School of Law has been sending out into the world, outstanding graduates with diverse skills and talents.

In addition, since 2009 Meiji University Law in Japan Program, which is a program for accepting overseas students on a short-term basis since 2009. The program is open to foreign nationals considering studying law in Japan in the future.

Institute of Comparative Law, Meiji University was established as a legal research center with the aim of further advancing the principles of the Meiji Law School to organize legal studies that are open to the diversity of the world. Such diversity includes the legal systems in the world, the history of law and cultural diversity, and encompasses every researcher’s area of interest beyond the discipline and specialism of the School of Law.