Personal profile


Professor Shigenori Matsui joined the Allard School of Law in January 2006 as Director of Japanese Legal Studies. Professor Matsui comes to UBC from Osaka University Law School where he worked as associate professor from April 1983 to March 1994; and as full professor from April 1994 to December 2005.  He worked for Osaka University, Faculty of Law, until he joined the newly established law school in 2004. He taught courses in Constitutional Law, Comparative Constitutional Law, Mass Media Law, Freedom of Information Law, and Internet Law.  He also served as an Osaka University Council member from April 2003-March 2004 and served as associate dean for the law school from April 2004 to December 2005.


Professor Matsui also served for the Japanese Government as a member of the National Freedom of Information Board, and as an examiner for the National Bar Examination Commission (Constitutional Law) as well as serving on a number of boards for Osaka Prefecture and numerous municipalities. 


An internationally-renowned expert in the fields of Constitutional Law, Mass Media Law and Internet Law, he has been a visiting scholar at the University of California, University College London, the University of Washington, the University of Western Australia and here at the University of British Columbia (1990-91).


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Professional Affiliations

  • Centre for Asian Legal Studies
  • Centre for Business Law


  • Law
  • Entertainment, Arts, and Sports Law
  • Public Law and Legal Theory
  • Constitutional Law