The Study Group on Intellectual Property
The purpose of the Study Group on Intellectual Property is to offer in-house lawyers and outside lawyers the opportunity to share their knowledge of intellectual property law or improve their knowledge through seminars, thus equipping its members with the skills they need to perform their duties.
The Study Group on Intellectual Property has the longest history out of all JILA’s study groups and is one of the most active study groups.
The Study Group on In-house Lawyers Practical Skills
The Study Group on In-house Lawyers Practical Skills mainly holds case-based seminars.
It is open to all JILA members but is specifically aimed at young lawyers who became in-house lawyers without first working in a law firm.
Seminars are led by Board Member Ichiro Ashihara himself using his book Career as an In-house Counsel as a text (with Technique of Judicial Affairs as secondary reading).
The seminars are based on cases that could actually occur within a company and the aim of the training, which consists of the submission of assignments and Q&A sessions in seminars, is to enable members to argue cases convincingly and exercise appropriate risk control.
The Study Group on Energy and Resources Development Act
The purpose of the Study Group on Energy and Resources Development Act is to research legal practice relating to the development of energy and resources.
The Study Group on GC/CLO
The Study Group on GC/CLO has the important task of examining and proposing to the JILA Board action plans it considers necessary to accelerate the coming of a new age when in-house lawyers in Japan will assume high director- and executive officer-level positions at Japanese listed companies and, with authority and responsibility similar to that of General Counsels and Chief Legal Officers in Europe and the United States, will play a key part in the corporate legal function.
The Study Group on Financial Instruments and Exchange Act
The purpose of the Study Group on Financial Instruments and Exchange Act is to research the Financial Instruments and Exchange Act (FIEA) and related legislation. Key study themes could include the following: (1) Corporate disclosure, (2) Takeover bids, (3) Large shareholder reports, (4) Trading regulations, (5) Unfair transactions, (6) Civil cases, (7) Investment operations, (8) Handling of foreign securities companies, (9) Related legislation (Banking Act, Insurance Business Act, Act on Prevention of Transfer of Criminal Proceeds, self-regulation, etc.), (10) Examination of latest legal amendments, (11) Examination of latest cases of administrative action, (12) Other legal issues arising in connection with the FIEA, and (13) the Study Group encourages its members to contribute to JILA’s FIEA-related publications.
The Study Group on Trust
The purpose of the Study Group on Trust is to study the Trust Act, Trust Business Act and other trust-related legislation, precedents and practice. Research into trusts has focused on the trustees such as trust banks, but the study group intends to further increase understanding of trust practices by also looking at trusts from the perspective of users (settlor, investment trust sales companies, structured finance arrangers, etc.). The study group recruits broadly and anyone interested in trusts is welcome to join. The study group conducts research activities with a view to publishing its research findings in books, journals and other publications.
The Study Group on Diversity
The main purpose of the Study Group on Diversity is to promote active participation of female and young in-house lawyers, expansion of the job types and work fields open to them, and D & I (Diversity & Inclusion). The study group holds a regular meeting every quarter, in principle, and also holds various seminars on an ad-hoc basis, inviting lecturers active in the economic and judicial circles to give lectures or organizing panel discussions with members and various other events. The study group has the important task of examining action plans necessary to promote diversity focusing mainly on in-house lawyers and publicly announcing or proposing them.
The Study Group on In-House Worldwide
The Study Group on In-House Worldwide was established for the purpose of studying the situation of in-house lawyers in foreign countries and obtaining data to develop the role of in-house lawyers in Japan.
In Japan, in-house lawyers have been around for almost 20 years, but in foreign countries, especially the United States, the profession dates back more than 100 years and has also been the subject of much research. The Overseas Situation Study Group is trying to catch up with foreign countries and enable Japanese in-house lawyers to operate in the international arena by conducting research and communicating this information. It is starting by selecting important texts released overseas and translating and publishing them in Japan.
The Study Group on Public Affairs
The purpose of the Study Group on Public Affairs is to study the role that in-house lawyers should play in the process of making various rules, such as the legislation process and the process of formulating industry rules, though communication and negotiation with parties outside the organization. The Study Group also plans to study the role that in-house lawyers play not only during normal times in the operation of business organization, etc. but also in emergencies when dealing with incidents, etc.
The Study Group on Labor Law
The Study Group on Labor Law was established for the purpose of acquiring knowledge about problems related to labor law that might arise in a company and measures to deal with them and is mainly aimed at JILA members who might actually come across labor issues at their companies or who belong to departments where they might potentially come across labor issues.
Seminars are led by Board Member Ichiro Ashihara himself, using Rodo Hanrei (Labor Cases) as a text. Participants gain an understanding of trends in labor law, etc. and study the knowledge required in a company and practically useful knowledge from the labor cases, mainly by answering questions posed by Board Member Ichiro Ashihara and discussing the text with each other.