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Professor Webster selected as one of the top 15 Japanese Legal Scholars by the Mansfield Foundation

Professor Webster selected as one of the top 15 Japanese Legal Scholars by the Mansfield Foundation

Friday, April 19, 2019  /  Rate this article:
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Professor Timothy Webster, the law school’s director of Asian Studies, was one of 15 scholars selected for the Mansfield Foundation’s 2019-2021 cohort of the U.S.-Japan Network for the Future. The network identifies American scholars and professionals who can further develop U.S.-Japan relations, inform the American public about Japan and East Asia, and contribute to policy debates. These leading specialists on the U.S.-Japan relationship will begin a two-year program this June, and bring diverse expertise and perspectives to the bilateral policy-making process.

Ambassador Mike Mansfield firmly believed that the U.S.-Japan relationship is the most important bilateral relationship in the world, “bar none.” This conviction is honored through the Network, which identifies and supports professionals who demonstrate potential for becoming policy intellectuals in the mid- and long-term. The program assists in building the professional networks of the participants and enhances their opportunities and abilities to engage with policy-relevant research.

Webster is an associate professor of transnational law, and director of Asian Legal Studies, at the law school.  He is also the Founding Director of the Joint Program in International Commercial Law and Dispute Resolution, one of numerous initiatives that he has spearheaded during his seven years at CWRU. 

During the two-year program, Webster will participate in workshops and meeting in Washington, DC, write opinion pieces about U.S.-Japan relations, and spend a week in Tokyo meeting with government officials and thought leaders in Japan.  He joins a number of leading Japan experts from the prior four cohorts, who work at government agencies (e.g., Congressional Research Service, State, Treasury), think tanks (e.g.,Brookings, CSIS, Wilson Center), and universities (e.g., Dartmouth, Harvard, Michigan, Stanford).

Webster is the first law professor in the Network. He is also the only professor to be inducted into both the U.S.-Japan Network for the Future (for Japan experts) and the National Committee on U.S.-China’s Public Intellectuals Program (for China experts).

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