Legal scholarship on International and Comparative Law is virtually limitless in the potential scope of its subject matter and application.

Members of the faculty at Akron Law have recently published and spoken on issues of comparative international judicial ethics and comparative international constitutional law, as well as topics such as European civil procedure and Japanese legal education.


Matt Wilson’s book, "Japan and Civil Jury Trials: The Convergence of Forces" (with Hiroshi Fukurai and Takashi Maruta) (Edward Elgar Publishing 2015) has received high praise in reviews by Tom Ginsburg at Chicago, John Gastil at Penn State, and Neil Vidmar at Duke.

Kristen Barnes’ paper, Adjudicating Equality: Minorities and the Right to Education at the Supranational Level, was accepted for presentation at the American Society of International Law Mid-Year Research Forum held in Washington, D.C., on October 23-24, 2015.

Matt Wilson served as chair and discussant on several panels at the East Asian Law & Society Conference in Tokyo, including one on “Legal Treatment of Damages Related to the East Japan Great Earthquake and Tsunami,” one on “Structure of Company and Employment,” and one on “Lay Participation in Justice in Action?: China and Japan.”  

Kristen Barnes presented a paper entitled Minorities, Education, and Affirmative Action in Europe and the United States at the ASCL-YCC Comparative Law Conference at Florida State University College of Law in Tallahassee, Florida.


  • Matthew J. Wilson: Japan and Civil Jury Trials: The Convergence of Forces (Edward Elgar Publishing 2015)
  • Matthew J. Wilson: Clinical Legal Education in Japan, in World Developments in Clinical Legal Education (Palgrave MacMillan 2015) (forthcoming).
  • Matthew J. Wilson: "Importance, Functions, and Role of the American Civil Jury Trial System and Related U.S. Supreme Court Cases, Japanese Journal of American Law (Aug. 2014).