Colin Jones
Visiting Professor

Colin Jones is a professor at the law school of Doshisha University in Kyoto. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley, where he studied Oriental Languages and Literature and has an LL.M. from Tohoku University in Sendai, as well as a J.D. and an LL.M. from Duke. He is admitted to the bars in New York and Guam (active) and the Republic of Palau (inactive). Since 2011 he has also been a life member of Clare Hall, Cambridge University.

Professor Jones has extensive experience in Japan both as a practitioner and as an academic. He writes on a broad variety of subjects including all aspects of Japanese law, Anglo-American law and comparative law. He has numerous publications in both English and Japanese, including “Law of the Land”, his monthly column on Japanese law that appears in the Japan Times, the country’s leading English language newspaper. Within the field of Japanese law he has devoted significant time to family law, particularly child abduction, child custody, visitation and the Hague Convention, subjects that he has written about extensively in both Japanese and English. His 2011 book on the subject (in Japanese) was distributed to Japanese parliamentaries as part of a family law reform lobbying effort. He has consulted on a number of international child abduction cases in Japan and served as an expert witness.

Professor Jones is also founder of LexDox Japan (, a Japan-focused legal documentation translation and consulting service.