About the Graduate School of Law Transnational Doctoral Program

The Transnational Doctoral Program for Leading Professionals in Asian Countries is a distance education initiative, built upon the Nagoya University Graduate School of Law's fifteen-year experience with human resource development in support of legal and judicial reform in Asian countries. The program now has students studying law and political science from Cambodia, Laos, Mongolia, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.

The 2018 admissions round will commence in late April for an October 2018 commencement. Further information will be provided here as it becomes available (Please scroll down to the "ASCI Transnational Doctoral Program for Leading Professionals in Asian Countries" section) 

Available Countries

  • Cambodia
  • Mongolia
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vietnam
  •  Laos

Admissions Requirements

 The program is tailored to the needs of officials in the legislative, administrative and judicial sectors, as well as university faculty in the fields of law and political science in a country where the Graduate School of Law (GSL) is operating through ASCI.
Eligible candidates are expected to have at least three years of work experience in a relevant field or position, and wish to pursue an LL.D. through GSL.
 Eligible candidates are also expected to hold a master's level degree from a recognized institution and demonstrate that they can conduct doctoral level research in the English language. 
 Admitted candidates will carry out their research and dissertation work in their home countries, while continuing to fulfill their work commitments.

Degree Offered

 The Transnational Doctoral Program for Leading Professionals in Asian Countries aims to create specialists in law and political science equipped with a high degree of practical ability, using their research skills cultivated at the masters level and refining their degree of specialization. LL.D. - Degree of Doctor of Laws (Comparative Law)

Graduation Requirements

 In order to graduate, the student is expected to have spent three years in the LL.D. program. The student must also submit a doctoral thesis in English after receiving the necessary supervision in doctoral research, as well as pass an examination of the submitted dissertation by their supervisory panel.


 The faculty members are hightly specialized and respected academics in various fields of law and political science.


Director of CALE
Professor, Graduate School of Law,
Nagoya University
Obata Kaoru
 Nagoya University’s Graduate School of Law has more than fifteen years of experience with human resource development in support of legal and judicial reform in Asian countries. Throughout this time, I feel the faculty has become increasingly aware that the study of law and political science is more than simply an ongoing dialogue with Western legal traditions. The hybrid legal systems of Asian nations – with their mixed layers of indigenous law, laws from previous regimes, and influences from Western European law during the post-Cold War period are the reality of the region. It is within this dynamic region that we must focus our mission to provide education to the future generations in Japan and Asia.
 This awareness is central to the Graduate School of Law’s mission of providing legal education opportunities to students of transitional economies. The Transnational Doctoral Program provides the Graduate School of Law with a new and unique way of delivering our high quality graduate level education to eligible students from select transitional economies without the need to take time away from their career to achieve their academic goals.
 In view of Asia’s position in the world today and its deepening ties with Japan, building bridges through education and research between our nations is imperative. Because of my absolute belief and commitment to furthering legal education in Asia, I am extremely optimistic about the success of the Transnational Doctoral Program and its implementation through the Asian Satellite Campus Institute.
 I am also one who looks forward to the growth that will come from meeting the challenge of this great work.