This seminar examines the theories and practices of justice related to hunting from past to the present. It aims to broaden and deepen our understanding of the in/appropriateness, il/legitimacy, and other problems associated with the hunting worldwide. To be clear, this seminar does not aim to advocate and justify the killing of animals, but is interested in the legal and philosophical discussion of hunting practices.
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2) Concept and theories of hunting
3) Roman law and hunting
4) The “free-capture” and the royal hunting reserve in Medieval England
5) Hunting law in Germanic tradition
6) The hunt of Shogun and Daimyo in Tokugawa Japan
7) Law and justice regarding the Mulan reserve for royal hunting in Qing China
8) Hunting practice and law in the Choson dynasty
9) Hunting law and justice in modern Japan
10) The justice of Japan’s whale hunting
11) Pierson v. Post: The problem of ownership of the game
12) Indigenous hunting rights and justice
13) Liability and responsibility in hunting
Each seminar, except for the ORIENTATION, consists of a single participant presentation and a following discussion.
One of the participants will deliver a 25-minute presentation on the scheduled topic at the beginning of a seminar. The presentation can be solely based on previously offered readings, but exploration of additional sources (especially primary ones) for seminar presentations is highly recommended. The presenter can prepare questions for open discussion.
Questions regarding the content of either the presentation or readings can be freely raised. A comparative perspective in discussions will be encouraged.
・Seminar preparation (30%)
・Seminar participation (30%)
・A final essay about hunting justice or law (40%).
The evaluation of the final essay (3,000-words in English) will consider the thematic significance and the professionalism of the writing.
A reading list for the seminar will be guided at the ORIENTATION.
English proficiency, especially in speaking, is required.
Enthusiastic participants from various specialties, such as law, philosophy, history, area studies, urban design, and field science would be welcomed.