Associate Professor or Assistant Professor

Job Description & Qualification

The Faculty of Law, Kyushu University is currently recruiting a scholar at the level of Assistant Professor (講師 - koushi or 助教 - jokyou) or Associate Professor (准教授 - junkyouju) in any field of law, but we are particularly interested in international investment law, international arbitration law, international trade law, international environmental law, and IT law. Within IT law, we are particularly interested in artificial intelligence, platforms, or the sharing economy.

1) Applicants should have an ability to teach and conduct research in one of the above-mentioned fields of law.
2) Applicants should also take up committee work within the Faculty of Law and provide support to the International Programs of Law or the Faculty of Law when requested.
3) Applicants should have obtained or are expected to obtain a Ph.D. (or equivalent academic degree), or must be qualified as a legal professional. If not, applicants must show equivalent academic ability.
4) Applicants must be fluent in English. Japanese language ability is a plus.
5) Teaching experience is a plus, but not a requirement.

Application Procedure

Application Materials
1) CV with a photograph: front view, no hats, taken in the last three months.
2) Copies of the certificate(s) of the completion of master’s degree and/or doctoral degree. In the case of a legal professional, a certificate of qualification.
3) List of academic achievements, including academic papers (refereed and non-refereed), books, conference proceedings, presentations in academic meetings, and grants. With regard to scheduled publication(s), specify the details and attach certified document(s) to prove the publication(s).
4) Reprints of up to 3 publications. Photocopies are acceptable.
5) Summaries of the three best publications (approx. 1,000 words each). Specify these publications in the list of academic achievements.
6) Information on relevant educational institutions (including the name of higher academic institutions, the title of the course(s) taught, and in which academic year the applicant taught) or research institutions (including the name of the research institution, grants provided and research outcome)
7) Applicant’s aspirations/plans for international education (A4 version approx.1,000 words including applicant’s previous experience, if any).

Submission Procedure
1) Submission via Mail
Applicants should submit application materials to the following address:

Prof. Naoki Kumano
Dean, Kyushu University Faculty of Law
744 Motooka Nishi-ku, Fukuoka, 819-0395, Japan

*Please send application materials in a traceable manner such as registered mail or simple registered mail, etc. (All application materials must arrive by December 14th, 2022, at the latest)

*Please clearly indicate on the front of the envelope in red letters “Application for Academic Position in the International Programs in Law.”

2) Online Submission

After saving the application materials online, please send a message to the following email address:

Personnel Section, Humanities and Social Sciences, Kyushu University

*The message should include (1) applicant’s intention to submit application materials and (2) the URL of the online storage.

Application deadline: December 14th, 2022

About the Organization

The Faculty of Law of Kyushu University inaugurated an LL.M. program in International Economic and Business Law in 1994. This was the first such course to be taught entirely in English at a Japanese university. The master’s program has gradually evolved into the International Programs in Law, which currently offers graduate-level legal education in the following programs:

1) The LL.M. (Master of Laws) is a one-year master’s program taught entirely in English.
2) The Young Leaders’ Program (YLP), a one-year master’s program supported by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) in the field of Law;
3) The Project for Human Resource Development (JDS) program, which is a two-years program sponsored by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) providing public officials from selected Asian countries with the opportunity to complete a master’s degree at Kyushu University.
4) The Bilingual Master’s Degree Program in Law (BiP), offering students the opportunity to engage in graduate level study of law in a bilingual environment at a law faculty in Japan.
5) The doctoral (LL.D.) Program which provides students the opportunity of preparing a doctoral thesis in English whilst studying at a Japanese university.

For more details, please refer to the following website:

The International Programs in Law of Kyushu University’s Faculty of Law is currently recruiting a scholar who is able to provide education in the above-mentioned programs, as well as in the regular undergraduate program (in English), and to conduct independent research.

Additional Information

Working Conditions
(1) Term of employment: (fixed term) 3 years
(2) Work place: Kyushu University Ito Campus, 744 Motooka, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka
(3) Working hours: It is assumed that employees work 7 hours and 45 minutes per day due to the discretionary labor system for professional work.
(4) Days off: Saturdays, Sundays, national holidays, from December 29th to January 3rd
(5) Wages: Annual salary system (annual salary system introduced on April 1st, 2020). The annual salary will be decided according to the rules of the university based on each researchers’ experience, etc.
(6) Participants’ insurance schemes: Employment insurance, industrial accident compensation insurance, health insurance, employees’ pension insurance
(7) Recruiter: Prof. Naoki Kumano, Dean, Kyushu University Faculty of Law

Screening Standards for Faculty Position:
The committee determines whether an applicant will have the aptitude appropriate for a faculty position, carefully considering the applicant’s education and research achievements, work experience, etc., measured by items such as the quality and quantity of scholarly papers, publications, presentations at academic conferences, lectures, and also the obtaining of research funds, cooperative research and intellectual property. An interview or mock lecture may be organized after screening the application documents.

1) Application materials will not be returned.
2) Applicants who successfully pass documentary examination may be called for an interview or public hearing. Therefore, contact information (such as Fax number, Email address, Telephone number (including cell-phone)) should be provided in the CV.
3) Interview transportation costs are the responsibility of the applicant.
4) Kyushu University particularly welcomes applications from female researchers and makes an effort to provide a comfortable work environment for them. Kyushu University will also select a candidate following the principles of the Basic Act for Gender-Equal Society (Act No.78 of 1999). For more details, please refer to the website of Office for Promotion of Gender Equality, Kyushu University:
5) Kyushu University will select a candidate following the principles of the Basic Act for Persons with Disabilities (Act No.84 of May 21, 1970), the Act on Employment Promotion etc. of Persons with Disabilities (Act No.123 of 1960) and the Act for Eliminating Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities (Act No.65 of June 26, 2013).

For Additional Questions

Job ID

ID: J11814