J. Mark Ramseyer
Mitsubishi Professor of Japanese Legal Studies
Mark Ramseyer spent most of his childhood in provincial towns and cities in southern Japan, attending Japanese schools for K-6. He returned to the U.S. for college. Before attending law school, he studied Japanese history in graduate school. Ramseyer graduated from HLS in 1982. He clerked for the Hon. Stephen Breyer (then on the First Circuit), worked for two years at Sidley & Austin (in corporate tax), and studied as a Fulbright student at the University of Tokyo. After teaching at UCLA and the University of Chicago, he came to Harvard in 1998. He has also taught or co-taught courses at several Japanese universities (in Japanese). In his research, Ramseyer primarily studies Japanese law, and primarily from a law & economics perspective. In addition to a variety of Japanese law courses, he teaches the basic Corporations course. With Professors Klein and Bainbridge, he co-edits a Foundation Press casebook in the field.
FavoriteJ. Mark Ramseyer, Second-Best Justice: The Virtues of Japanese Private Law (2015).
FavoriteYoshiro Miwa & J. Mark Ramseyer, The Fable of the Keiretsu: Urban Legends of the Japanese Economy (Univ. of Chi. Press 2006).
FavoriteJ. Mark Ramseyer & Eric B. Rasmusen, Measuring Judicial Independence: The Political Economy of Judging in Japan (Univ. of Chi. Press 2003).
- J. Mark Ramseyer, Contracting in Japan: The Bargains People Make When Information is Costly, Commitment is Hard, Friendships are Unstable, and Suing is Not Worth It (forthcoming 2023).
- J. Mark Ramseyer, What Makes Private Law Transitions Succeed: Lessons from Japan and from Around the World (2023).