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BiographyIntroduction: Leon Wolff is a bi-lingual expert on Japanese law and society. He also has broader research interests in Asian and comparative law as well as legal education. He is the founding co-director of the Australian Network for Japanese Law (ANJeL) and co-convener of the Transnational, International and Comparative Law and Policy (TICLP) Network.
Career history: Leon joined Queensland University of Technology in 2015. He previously was a legal practitioner at Allens (Sydney office) and legal academic at The Australian National University (ANU), the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and Bond University. He has been an invited visiting academic at a number of international institutions, including Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Gakushuin, Sophia and Ritsumeikan Universities in Japan; the Universities of Texas and Pennsylvania in the US; and Oxford Brookes and Bucharest Universities in Europe.
Research: Leon is currently pursuing a research project in Japanese litigiousness, including a sociological analysis of legal themes in Japanese popular culture. The fieldwork for this project was funded by a Japan Foundation Fellowship completed at Osaka University from May-August 2015. His previous work canvasses a wide range of topics in Japanese law, including corporate governance, employment relations, sexual harassment, the judiciary, and legal and administrative reform. His published work includes five co-edited books as well as numerous book chapters, journal articles, dictionary entries, professional updates and other writings, published globally. His research funding has come from four Australian Research Council grants, four nationally or internationally competitive research fellowships, and eight other nationally-competitive grants schemes.
Teaching: Leon is a decorated teacher. In 2012, he was awarded a National Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning. He has two Vice-Chancellor's Awards for teaching excellence (from UNSW in 2006, and Bond in 2012). In addition, he was awarded an Innovative Teaching and Educational Technology fellowship (2001), the Stanley Shaw Prize for Teaching Excellence in Law (2012), and the Prime Minister’s Education Assistance for Japan award (2012). He has lectured in Japanese law, Japanese language and Japanese Studies across the world. He has prior teaching experience in contracts, corporate law, civil remedies and comparative law. He pioneered an online LLM in Asian law - a first in Australia - between 2003-2008.
Qualifications: Leon earned his qualifications from Australia, Japan and the United States, including:
- university medals and first class honours degrees in Arts (Japanese Studies) and Law (both at the University of Queensland);
- masters-level qualifications in Asian and Comparative Law (University of Washington), Japanese Interpreting and Translation (University of Queensland), and Higher Education (University of Sydney);
- certificates/diplomas in legal practice (College of Law), Japanese language and culture (Hokkaido University), and flexible learning (Griffith); and
- professional qualifications, including admission as a legal practitioner in the Supreme Court of New South Wales, accreditation by the National Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) as a Japanese-English translator and interpreter; and Level 1 certification in the Japan Foundation Japanese Language Proficiency Test.
Japanese law and society, Asian and comparative law, Legal education, Comparative corporate governance, Comparative employment law and practice, Law, legal reform and social change in Japan, Japanese judiciary, Gender equity in Japan
Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008
- Masters of Education (Higher Education) (University of Sydney)
- Master of Arts Japanese Interpreting and Translation (University of Queensland)
- Graduate Diploma Legal Practice (College of Law, New South Wales)
- Graduate Certificate Flexible Learning (Griffith University)
- Bachelor of Arts with Honours I (University of Queensland)
- Bachelor of Laws with Honours I (University of Queensland)
- International Diploma of TESOL (Australian TESOL Training Centre)
- Certificate Japanese Language and Culture (Hokkaido University)
Professional memberships and associations
- Co-Director - Australian Network for Japanese Law (ANJeL)
- Co-Convener - Transnational, International and Comparative Law and Policy (TICLP) Network
- Member - Asian Law and Society Association (ALSA)
- Member - Australasian Law Teachers Association (ALTA)
- Member - European Association for Japanese Studies (EAJS)
- Member - Higher Education Research Network (HERN)
- Member - Japanese Studies Association of Australia (JSAA)
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- Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, Office of Learning and Teaching, 2012;
- Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Teaching Excellence (Bond University, 2012);
- Lexis-Nexis Stanley Shaw Bond Prize for Teaching Excellence in Law, 2012;
- Prime Minister’s Education Assistance Grant for Japan, 2012;
- Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Teaching Excellence (UNSW, 2006);
- Innovative Teaching and Educational Technology fellowship, UNSW, 2001
- Japan: Ritsumeikan University (2005-2016); Osaka University (2015); Nagoya University (2014), Hitotsubashi University (2014), Gakushuin University (2012); University of Tokyo (2009, 2004); Sophia University (2009, 2003); Tohoku University (2005); Chuo University (2000);
- USA: University of Texas (2005); University of Pennsylvania (2004);
- Europe: University of Bucharest (2013); University of Oxford (2005); Oxford Brookes University (2005)
- Australian Network for Japanese Law (Founding Co-Director) (2002-current)
- Transnational, International and Comparative Law and Policy (TICLP) Network (2014-current)
- Centre for Law, Governance and Public Policy (Bond University, 2012-14)
- Australian Reader, Australian Research Council
- Expert Assessor, Office of Learning and Teaching
- First Year Studies Coordinator, Bond, 2011-14
- Director of Teaching and Learning, UNSW, 2002-6
- Director of Asian Law, UNSW, 2003-8