Current Institutional Affiliation
Wilf Family Professor of Property Law, NYU Law, New York University (NYU)

Frank Upham’s scholarship focuses on Japan and China, and his
book Law and Social Change in Postwar Japan received the Thomas
J. Wilson Prize from Harvard University Press in 1987. Recent
scholarship includes “Who Will Find the Defendant If He Stays with His
Sheep? Justice in Rural China,” “From Demsetz to Deng: Speculations on
the Implications of Chinese Growth for Law and Development Theory,”
“Creating Law from the Ground Up: Land Law in Post-Conflict Cambodia,”
and “Resistible Force Meets Malleable Object: The Story of the
‘Introduction’ of Norms of Gender Equality into Japanese Employment
Practice.” Upham has spent time at various institutions in Asia and
works in Japanese and Chinese. Current research interests focus on the
role of property rights in economic growth from the English Enclosure
movement to contemporary Cambodia. Upham graduated from Princeton
University in 1967 and Harvard Law School in 1974 and worked as a
journalist in Asia and as an assistant attorney general in Massachusetts
before entering academia. In addition to having taught at NYU School of
Law since 1994, he has taught at Ohio State, Harvard, Boston College,
and UCLA law schools.

Award Information

Abe Fellowship 1992
Institutional Affiliation (at time of award):
Professor, Law, Boston College
Comparative Economic Regulation: France, Japan, and the United States

I would like to research the theory and practice of economic regulation in these countries. The field research supported by this grant would focus on the regulation of the retail industry, but I wold put it in the context of regulation generally and the relationships among the public, the government, and business in advanced democracies. The methodology would be interdisciplinary and would integrate an understanding of the legal framework of regulation with its sociological and political reality. The results would have direct relevance both to the current debate on the role of government and law in the emerging market economies of Eastern Europe and Asia and also the need for increased transparency in administrative processes among the developed nations and particularly within the triangular relations of Japan, the European Community and the United States.