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jfww2@cam.ac.uk

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Room: CSER, 16 Mill Lane, CB2 1SB

Tel: +441223766838

LLB (Bucerius); MA (Cantab); Dr iur (Hamburg)
Affiliated Lecturer; Director of Studies

Interests

Julius' expertise lies in the law and governance of extreme risk, especially with regard to unprecedented incidents, crises, and future disasters. Working in three languages and across four jurisdictions, he adopts comparative, long-term, policy-focussed, socio-legal, and economic approaches. He maintains a special interest in dynamic fields of law and policy in Japan, particularly technology governance and sustainability, environmental and consumer protection (including in energy- and nuclear law), tortious and criminal liability (including for terrorism, organized and corporate crime), credit- and disaster-risk financing, and particularly the case of Fukushima.

CV / Biography

Dr Julius Weitzdörfer (ヴァイツダーファー・ユリウス) is Director of Studies in Law at Darwin College, and an affiliated lecturer currently teaching EU Environmental and Sustainable Development Law as well as Conservation Governance. Formerly a Charles & Katharine Darwin Research Fellow (JRF) at Darwin College, he is now a Research Associate at the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER), where he works on the project "Responsible innovation and extreme technological risks". His work is funded by the Templeton World Charity Foundation (under the direction of Prof Lord Martin Rees).

He has recently completed a long monograph on the law of organized crime and high-risk finance in Japan (forthcoming, Mohr Siebeck, May 2019, 465 pp.), a short monograph on Japanese disaster law and social justice (forthcoming, Iudicium, 2019, 80 pp., with S. Beard), and is currently completing his second edited volume with Cambridge University Press, "Fukushima and the Law" (forthcoming, CUP, 2019, with K. Lauta).

Julius regularly provides expert advice to UK parliamentarians and to senior civil servants through the CSaP Policy Network, as an associate researcher of the Energy Policy Research Group, a member of 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. 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.

Before reading law in Hamburg (Bucerius Law School, Max-Planck-Institute), Shanghai (Fudan University), Kyoto (Kyoto University) and Cambridge, Julius studied history, 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. Latest news are available here.

Publications

 

Books

"Extremes" (Cambridge University Press) (Ed)

Co-Author/s:
Duncan Needham, Julius Weitzdörfer
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
ISBN 13:
9781108457002
Published Mar 2019

Articles

"Aggressive Rights-enforcement in Japan: Extra-legal Collection and Legal Reclaim of Usurious Interest on Loans [in German]" [2018] 9 Journal of Japanese Law, Special Issue 115-139

"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
DOI:
10.1016/j.futures.2018.02.001
Published: Feb 2018

"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

"On the Notion of 'Extremes'" in D. Needham, J. Weitzdörfer, Extremes (Cambridge University Press), pp. 1-5

Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Pages:
1-5
ISBN 13:
9781108457002
Co-Author/s:
D. Needham, J. Weitzdörfer
Published Mar 2019

"Japan" in J. Vinuales, E. Lees, The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Environmental Law (Oxford University Press), pp. 253-276

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Pages:
253-276
ISBN 13:
9780198790952
Co-Author/s:
J. Vinuales, E. Lees
Published Mar 2019

"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
ISBN 13:
9780815368229
Co-Author/s:
I. Amelung, M. Bälz, H. Holbig, M. Schumann, C. Storz
Published Jun 2018

"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
ISBN 13:
9783319693583
Co-Author/s:
J. Liu, S. Miyazawa
Published Jan 2018

"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
Co-Author/s:
S. Butt, H. Nasu, L. Nottage
Published Jan 2014

"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
Co-Author/s:
Y. Okuda, K. Anderson, H. Baum
Published Dec 2013

"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
Co-Author/s:
M. Bälz, M. Dernauer, C. Heath, E. Petersen-Padberg
Published May 2012

"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

"Problems of liability for mental distress in Fukushima: Evacuation stress, solitary deaths, suicides, and excess abortions" (INLA 23rd Nuclear Inter Jura 2018, Abu Dhabi)

Conference:
INLA 23rd Nuclear Inter Jura 2018, Abu Dhabi
Published: Nov 2018

"Current questions of nuclear liability law [in German]" (Colloquium, Faculty of Law, Hamburg University)

Conference:
Colloquium, Faculty of Law, Hamburg University
Published: Oct 2018

"Disaster, law and social justice in Japan: The tsunami of debt and homelessness" (East Asia Seminar Series, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge)

Conference:
East Asia Seminar Series, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge
Published: Oct 2018

"Disaster law and social justice in Japan: The tsunami of debt and lost homes" (New Perspectives in Japanese Law, Harvard Law School)

Conference:
New Perspectives in Japanese Law, Harvard Law School
Published: Sep 2018

"Classifying global catastrophic risks" (Quantifying Global Catastrophic Risks, B. John Garrick Institute for Risk Sciences, UCLA Engineering, Los Angeles)

Conference:
Quantifying Global Catastrophic Risks, B. John Garrick Institute for Risk Sciences, UCLA Engineering, Los Angeles
Published: Sep 2018

"Infrastructure resilience: What happens when the grid goes down" (Black Sky Hazards, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Future Generations, Houses of Parliament, London)

Conference:
Black Sky Hazards, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Future Generations, Houses of Parliament, London
Published: Jun 2018

"Fukushima and the law" (In Search of Good Energy Policy, University of Cambridge)

Conference:
In Search of Good Energy Policy, University of Cambridge
Published: May 2018

"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
Conference:
NEEDS 2018 - The Third Northern European Conference on Emergency and Disaster Studies, VU University, Amsterdam
Published: Mar 2018

"Responsible research and innovation and its relationship to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) risks" (Virtual Institute for Responsible Innovation Lunch, University of Cambridge)

Conference:
Virtual Institute for Responsible Innovation Lunch, University of Cambridge
Published: Nov 2017

"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
Conference:
Ecologies of Knowledge and Practice: Japanese Studies and the Environmental Humanities, St Antony’s College, University of Oxford
Published: Oct 2017

"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
Conference:
Fairness in Law-Making, Queen’s University, Belfast
Published: May 2017

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

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

"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
Conference:
Fifth International Symposium on Human Survivability - Disasters and Human Survivability: Enhancing Resilience to Risks Threatening the Future of Humanity, Kyoto University
Published: Nov 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

"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)

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

"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
Conference:
Chernobyl and Fukushima: Perspectives of the Past, Present and Future, Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies, LM University Munich
Published: Apr 2016

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

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

"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)

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

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

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

"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)

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

"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)

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

"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)

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

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

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

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

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

"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)

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

"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)

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

"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)

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

"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)

Conference:
Kyoto University
Published: Jan 2012

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

Body / Institution:
Nomos
Published: Nov 2016

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

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

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