Lawrence Repeta has served as a lawyer, business executive, and law professor in Japan and the United States.  He is a 1979 graduate of the University of Washington School of Law, where he studied Japanese law with Professor John O. Haley.  He is best-known in Japan as the plaintiff in a landmark suit decided by the Supreme Court of Japan in 1989 that opened Japan`s courts to note-taking by courtroom spectators. 


In 2003 he was awarded an Abe Fellowship by the Center for Global Partnership  to conduct research at the National Security Archive, a non-profit research institute located at George Washington University. 

Describing U.S. secrecy classification practices, Tokyo, 2015

With Jeff Kingston at a " Book Break" event, FCCJ, Tokyo, 2015

Professor Repeta has written widely on Japanese law issues, especially related to constitutional rights.  He has served on the boards of directors of "Information Clearinghouse Japan" , an NGO devoted to promoting open government in Japan, and "the Japan Civil Liberties Union", an NGO founded in 1947, the same year that Japan’s democratic Constitution took effect. 



  • Right to Information and other Transparency Laws

  • Japan's Constitutional Law

  • Comparative Constitutional Law

  • International Human Rights Law

  • University of Washington School of Law, J.D.