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jfww2@cam.ac.uk

College Contact Details

Room: CSER, 16 Mill Lane, CB2 1SB

Tel: +441223766838

LLB (Bucerius); MA (Cantab); expected and under assessment: Dr iur (Hamburg)
Charles & Katharine Darwin Research Fellow; Affiliated Lecturer; Director of Studies

Interests

Julius' expertise lies in the governance of extreme risk through contract-, tort-, criminal-, disaster-, environmental-, and nuclear-law. Adopting comparative, economic, socio-legal and policy-focussed approaches, he explores this topic in dynamic fields of law in Japan, including civil and criminal liability, consumer protection, credit- and disaster-risk insurance, and particularly the legal case of Fukushima.

CV / Biography

Julius Weitzdörfer (ヴァイツダーファー・ユリウス) is Director of Studies in Law and a Charles & Katharine Darwin Research Fellow at Darwin College, and an affiliated lecturer teaching EU Environmental and Sustainable Development Law and EU Trade Law. He is a full-time Research Associate at the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER), where he works on the law and governance of extreme technological risks with a special focus on Japan. His work is funded by the Templeton World Charity Foundation (under the direction of Prof Lord Martin Rees).

Since joining CSER, Julius has organized the expert workshop Fukushima Five Years on: Legal Fallout in Japan, Lessons for the EU, a policy workshop on Nuclear “Error and Terror” Response and Recovery Policies, and has co-organized the inaugural Cambridge Conference on Catastrophic Risk, the Darwin College Lecture Series "Extremes", and the Darwin College Humanities and Social Sciences Seminars. Publishing in three languages, he has submitted a doctoral dissertation on organized crime and high-risk credit transactions in Japan (340 pp.), a short monograph on Japanese disaster law and social justice (forthcoming, Iudicium, with S. Beard), and an interdisciplinary edited volume on "Extremes" (forthcoming, CUP, with D. Needham). He is currently completing "Fukushima and the Law" (forthcoming, CUP, with K. Lauta). Latest news are available here.

Julius regularly provides expert advice to international media, to UK parliamentarians and to senior civil servants, inter alia through the CSaP Policy Network, the Energy @ Cambridge SRI and as an advisor to the UK Parliament's APPG for Future Generations. He is available for consultations directly in Parliament. Before reading law in Hamburg (Bucerius Law School, Max-Planck-Insitute), Shanghai (Fudan University), Kyoto (Kyoto University) and Cambridge, Julius studied journalism and Japanese in Leipzig and Tokyo (Waseda University). He worked as an editor and co-host on educational television in Japan (NHK 3) and as an editorial assistant of the Journal of Japanese Law.

For an ▶ outreach video, see this discussion on Fukushima at the Nippon Connection Film Festival; for a ▶ keynote lecture, see this presentation on existential risks; for a ▶ law lecture, see this presentation on the law and economics of the Fukushima accident; and for a ▶ short interview, see this conversation on law and energy policy after Fukushima.

Publications

 

Articles

"Classifying Global Catastrophic Risks" [2018] 102 Futures 20-26

Co-Author/s:
Shahar Avin, Bonnie C. Wintle, Julius Weitzdörfer, Seán S. Ó hÉigeartaigh, William J. Sutherland, Martin J. Rees
Citation:
[2018] 102 Futures 20-26
Published:
Feb 2018
DOI:
10.1016/j.futures.2018.02.001

"福島第一原子力発電所の原子炉の原子炉災害の法的問題点 [Liability for Nuclear Damage Pursuant to Japanese Atomic Law – Legal Problems arising from the Fukushima I Nuclear Accident]" [2014] 126 Japan Energy Law Institute Research Reports 64-176

Citation:
[2014] 126 Japan Energy Law Institute Research Reports 64-176
Published:
May 2014

"Liability for Nuclear Damage Pursuant to Japanese Atomic Law – Legal Problems arising from the Fukushima I Nuclear Accident [in German]" [2011] 31 Journal of Japanese Law 61-115

Citation:
[2011] 31 Journal of Japanese Law 61-115
Published:
Aug 2011

"Japanese-German Glossary for Criminal Trials in Japan" [2009] 151 Chuo University Comparative Law Review 385-468

Co-Author/s:
Yasuhiro Okuda et al.
Citation:
[2009] 151 Chuo University Comparative Law Review 385-468
Published:
Dec 2009

"Report on the Legislation of the 165th and 166th Session of the Japanese Parliament" [2007] 24 Journal of Japanese Law 201-226

Citation:
[2007] 24 Journal of Japanese Law 201-226
Published:
Dec 2007

Book Chapters

"From Natural Hazard to Man-Made Disaster: The Protection of Disaster Victims in China and Japan" in I. Amelung, M. Bälz, H. Holbig, M. Schumann, C. Storz, Protecting the Weak in East Asia: Framing, Mobilisation and Institutionalisation (Routledge), pp. 139-165

Publisher:
Routledge
Pages:
139-165
Published Date:
Jun 2018
ISBN 13:
9780815368229
Co-Author/s:
I. Amelung, M. Bälz, H. Holbig, M. Schumann, C. Storz

"Sentencing and Punishment in Japan and England: A Comparative Discussion" in J. Liu, S. Miyazawa, Crime and Justice in Contemporary Japan (Springer), pp. 189-214

Publisher:
Springer
Pages:
189-214
Published Date:
Jan 2018
ISBN 13:
978-3-319-69358-3
Co-Author/s:
J. Liu, S. Miyazawa

"Liability for Nuclear Damages under Japanese Law: An Overview of Legal Problems Arising from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident" in S. Butt, H. Nasu, L. Nottage, Asia-Pacific Disaster Management: Socio-Legal Perspectives (Springer), pp. 119-138

Publisher:
Springer
Pages:
119-138
Published Date:
Jan 2014
Co-Author/s:
S. Butt, H. Nasu, L. Nottage

"German Glossary for Criminal Trials in Japan" in Y. Okuda, K. Anderson, H. Baum, Glossary of Japanese Criminal Procedure in English, German, French and Spanish (Akashi Shoten), pp. 23-46

Publisher:
Akashi Shoten
Pages:
23-46
Published Date:
Dec 2013
Co-Author/s:
Y. Okuda, K. Anderson, H. Baum

"Case No. 12: Civil Law–Contract Law–Consumer Credit–Documentation Requirements–Return of Unjust Enrichment, Supreme Court, 13 July 2007 with comment" in M. Bälz, M. Dernauer, C. Heath, E. Petersen-Padberg, Business Law in Japan - Cases and Comments. Intellectual Property, Civil, Commercial and International Private Law (Kluwer), pp. 111-121

Publisher:
Kluwer
Pages:
111-121
Published Date:
May 2012
Co-Author/s:
M. Bälz, M. Dernauer, C. Heath, E. Petersen-Padberg

"Luke Nottage: Tort Law and Product Liability [German Translation, with Ivan Paulavets]" in H. Baum, M. Bälz, Handbook of Japanese Commercial and Economic Law [in German] (Carl Heymanns) (Ed), pp. 1523-1606

Conference Papers

"Fukushima and the law: Lessons for international disaster law" (NEEDS 2018 - The Third Northern European Conference on Emergency and Disaster Studies, VU University, Amsterdam)

Co-Author/s:
Kristian Lauta
Published:
Mar 2018
Conference:
NEEDS 2018 - The Third Northern European Conference on Emergency and Disaster Studies, VU University, Amsterdam

"Practices of nature conservation and environmental law: The lessons (not) learned from Japan" (Ecologies of Knowledge and Practice: Japanese Studies and the Environmental Humanities, St Antony’s College, University of Oxford)

Co-Author/s:
Tatsuya Amano
Published:
Oct 2017
Conference:
Ecologies of Knowledge and Practice: Japanese Studies and the Environmental Humanities, St Antony’s College, University of Oxford

"Fairness, equity, precaution and disaster law: The case of the Great East Japan Earthquake" (Fairness in Law-Making, Queen’s University, Belfast)

Co-Author/s:
Simon Beard
Published:
May 2017
Conference:
Fairness in Law-Making, Queen’s University, Belfast

"The current status of the nuclear liability regime in Japan" (Web Conference, OECD Nuclear Energy Agency Headquarters, Paris)

Published:
Apr 2017
Conference:
Web Conference, OECD Nuclear Energy Agency Headquarters, Paris

"Keynote lecture: A classification of risks threatening the future of humanity" (Fifth International Symposium on Human Survivability - Disasters and Human Survivability: Enhancing Resilience to Risks Threatening the Future of Humanity, Kyoto University)

Co-Author/s:
Shahar Avin
Published:
Nov 2016
Conference:
Fifth International Symposium on Human Survivability - Disasters and Human Survivability: Enhancing Resilience to Risks Threatening the Future of Humanity, Kyoto University

"Nuclear energy and competition policy in the EU and Japan" (Protecting the Weak – Concepts and East Asian Evidence, Lingnan University, Hong Kong)

Published:
Oct 2016
Conference:
Protecting the Weak – Concepts and East Asian Evidence, Lingnan University, Hong Kong

"Disaster, law and justice in Japan: In the tsunami of debt and lost homes" (DIJ Study Group, German Institute for Japanese Studies, Tokyo)

Published:
Sep 2016
Conference:
DIJ Study Group, German Institute for Japanese Studies, Tokyo

"Governance of extreme technological risks: Lessons from Japan" (Faculty of Law, Kita-Kyushu University)

Published:
Aug 2016
Conference:
Faculty of Law, Kita-Kyushu University

"Governance of extreme technological risk: Lessons from the Fukushima accident and the nuclear sector" (CSER-FHI Joint Workshop, Future of Humanity Institute, University of Oxford)

Published:
May 2016
Conference:
CSER-FHI Joint Workshop, Future of Humanity Institute, University of Oxford

"Opening panel [in German]" (Chernobyl and Fukushima: Perspectives of the Past, Present and Future, Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies, LM University Munich)

Co-Author/s:
Melanie Arndt, Klaus Gestwa, Tanja Penter, Evelyn Schulz
Published:
Apr 2016
Conference:
Chernobyl and Fukushima: Perspectives of the Past, Present and Future, Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies, LM University Munich

"Nuclear power, regulatory capture and the case of Fukushima" (Fukushima Five Years on - Legal Fallout in Japan, Germany and the UK, University of Cambridge)

Published:
Mar 2016
Conference:
Fukushima Five Years on - Legal Fallout in Japan, Germany and the UK, University of Cambridge

"Disaster capitalism in Japan: Dealing with debt and insolvency in the wake of the world's costliest disaster" (NEEDS - The First Northern European Conference on Emergency and Disaster Studies, University of Copenhagen)

Published:
Dec 2015
Conference:
NEEDS - The First Northern European Conference on Emergency and Disaster Studies, University of Copenhagen

"Nuclear energy and regulatory capture in post-war Japan" (VSJF Annual Conference 2015: Energy in Modern Japan. Past, Present, Future, Leipzig University)

Published:
Nov 2015
Conference:
VSJF Annual Conference 2015: Energy in Modern Japan. Past, Present, Future, Leipzig University

"Aggressive rights-enforcement in Japan: Extra-legal collection and legal reclaim of usurious interest on loans [in German]" (Section Law, 16th Meeting of Japanologists in German Language, LM University Munich)

Published:
Aug 2015
Conference:
Section Law, 16th Meeting of Japanologists in German Language, LM University Munich

"Japanese law in transformation: Regulating risk in the wake of the 2011 tsunami and nuclear accident" (18th Harvard East Asia Society Conference: Asia in Transformation, Harvard University)

Published:
Feb 2015
Conference:
18th Harvard East Asia Society Conference: Asia in Transformation, Harvard University

"The legal case of Fukushima: What the EU has (not) learnt about nuclear liability" (Technology and tragedy – Normal accidents and the possibility of the improbable, Technical University of Darmstadt)

Published:
Jan 2015
Conference:
Technology and tragedy – Normal accidents and the possibility of the improbable, Technical University of Darmstadt

"Rescuing homeless tsunami victims by law" (Darwin Humanities and Social Sciences Seminar, Darwin College Cambridge)

Published:
Nov 2014
Conference:
Darwin Humanities and Social Sciences Seminar, Darwin College Cambridge

"The legal case of Fukushima: Energy policy and what the EU has (not) learnt about nuclear accidents" (Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge)

Published:
Jan 2014
Conference:
Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge

"Legal remedies in lieu of suicide – Japan’s revised consumer credit legislation [in German]" (Academic Council, Max-Planck-Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, Hamburg)

Published:
Oct 2012
Conference:
Academic Council, Max-Planck-Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, Hamburg

"The victims of Fukushima, TEPCO and a state under the rule of law? – Nuclear liability between power and law [in German]" (15th Meeting of Japanologists in German Language, University of Zurich)

Published:
Aug 2012
Conference:
15th Meeting of Japanologists in German Language, University of Zurich

"Liability for nuclear damages pursuant to Japanese atomic law: Legal problems arising from the Fukushima I nuclear accident" (Socio-legal norms in preventing and managing disasters in Japan: Asia-pacific and interdisciplinary perspectives, University of Sydney)

Published:
Mar 2012
Conference:
Socio-legal norms in preventing and managing disasters in Japan: Asia-pacific and interdisciplinary perspectives, University of Sydney

"Sanctioning violations of consumer finance regulation: Comparing legal consequences of selected provisions under the new German and Japanese law, including the ‘Draft Proposals on the Law of Obligations’ [in Japanese]" (Kyoto University)

Published:
Jan 2012
Conference:
Kyoto University

Reports

Discussion Report of the First Session in Raetzke / Feldmann / Frank (eds.), News from the Front Lines of Nuclear Law: Proceedings of the AIDN / INLA Regional Conference 2015 in Nürnberg, pp. 43-48

Published:
Nov 2016
Body / Institution:
Nomos

Disaster victims: A selected bibliography of protecting the weak in East Asia, past and present

Co-Author/s:
Elisa Hoerhager
Published:
Jan 2015
Body / Institution:
Frankfurt University

Discussion Report of the Fifth Session [in German] in Raetzke (ed.), Nuclear Law in the EU and Beyond: Proceedings of the AIDN / INLA Regional Conference 2013 in Leipzig, pp. 463-466