Name Frank BENNETT
Academic post Associate Professor
Faculty of appointment GSL
Office 324
Phone 2239

J.D., UCLA School of Law, 1987

BA (Rhetoric), University of California at Berkeley, 1981

Office hours Mondays 13:00 to 14:30, Thursdays 13:00 to 14:30, by appointment only. Students are asked to make contact by email.
Website (lead editor and designer)


"Legal Protection of Solar Access Under Japanese Law", 5 UCLA Pac. Basin L. Rev. 107 (1986).

"Clash of the Titles: Japan's Secured Lenders Meet Civil Code Section 395", 38 Netherlands Int'l L.Rev. 281 (1991).

"Preference Rules in Japanese Bankruptcy Law", in Japanese Commercial law in an Era of Internationalization 217 (H. Oda ed. 1994).

"Building Ownership in Modern Japanese Law: Origins of the Immobile Home", 26 Law in Japan (2000).

"Civil Execution in Japan: the legal economics of perfect honesty", 177 Housei ronshuu 1 (Nagoya University, 1999).

"The Descent of Civil Execution Institutions in Japan", 13 Zeitschrift für Japanisches Recht 124-140 (2002).

"Secondhand Japan: Used Goods Regulation 1645 - present (Part 1)", 21 Zeitschrift für Japanisches Recht 37-53 (2006).

"Secondhand Japan: Used Goods Regulation 1645 - present (Part 2)", 22 Zeitschrift für Japanisches Recht 128-144 (2006).

Research interests Comparative Law (property, secured claims and related aspects of civil procedure).

Aug. - Sept. 1987, Law Offices of Mitch Moriyasu Michino, Los Angeles, California.

Sept. 1988 - Aug. 1996, Lecturer in Law, Department of Law, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

Sept. 1996 - Aug. 1997, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Nagoya University.

Sept. 1997 - Mar. 1998, Lecturer in Law, Department of Law, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

Apr. 1998 - present, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Law, Nagoya University.

Guest professor Visiting Researcher, University of Tokyo Faculty of Law, July-December 1990.
Readings recommended to prospective applicants

A.M. Polinsky, An Introduction to Law and Economics (Aspen Publishers, 3rd edn. 2003).

Banner, Preparing to be Colonized: Land Tenure and Legal Strategy in Nineteenth-Century Hawaii, 39 Law & Soc'y Rev. 273-314 (2005). (copies available on request; please send email to Bennett)

Rodger Bernhardt, Real Property in a Nutshell (West, 2005).

Preparation suggestions for prospective applicants

Applicants intending to research in property law and related subjects must have a sound knowledge of property law and policy in their own country ''extending beyond the specific topic of the research proposal''. Breadth of knowledge need not be demonstrated in the proposal itself; but the questions asked by the interviewers may extend beyond the specifics of the proposal.

Technical questions may relate to such issues as: the steps required to complete a sale of land; the steps required to enforce rights under a security interest in land (such as a mortgage); the position of lessees following a sale of the underlying land; rules for collective or joint ownership (pasture lands, condominiums); and the creation and protection of secured claims in moveable property.

Questions relating to the context of property law may include: the history of any registration systems relating to property; legislative or other rulemaking processes; and the winners and losers resulting from particular policy choices.