Kiyoko Nishi

Professor, Japan, 2018-2019
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Professional Biography

Kiyoko Nishi is a Professor at Keio University Law school in Tokyo, Japan. She obtained an LL.B., LL.M. and LL.D. degree from the University of Tokyo and was awarded one of the most famous academic awards in Law for research on testamentary freedom and public policy. Her research focuses on family law, wills, trust, and estates. She is the author of many articles and books in these areas. She has taught consumer laws, contemporary laws, farming and laws, family law, inheritance law, laws of obligation (contracts and torts), and property. Her other roles included work as the executive secretary for the assisted reproductive technologies review committee in Science Council of Japan. This committee received a discussion request from the Ministry of Justice and the Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare and as the executive secretary of the legislative council in the Department of Justice where we are making an amendment of the inheritance law required for the super-aged society. Previously she served as a member of the special committee on the council for gender equality in Cabinet Office which engaged in the establishment of the 4th Basic Plan for Gender Equality. She was also a member of the examination board for court officials. In addition to these domestic services, she served as a member of the advisory committee for the drafting of the Civil Code of Lao People’s Democratic Republic.

Law School

Keio University Law School

Focus of Study

Assisted reproductive technology (Surrogacy, Posthumous insemination) and parentage, Gender equality, Legal technical assistance to less-developed countries, Management and inheritance of the property of the “Muen-sha (Linkless Persons who do not have a relationship with family, local community, or place of work),” Testamentary freedom and public policy, Right of spouse in inheritance