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Darryl Flaherty
Associate Professor
University of Delaware
119 John Munroe Hall
Newark, DE 19716
302-831-0798
Office Hours: T/R 9:00-10:00

Biography

Darryl Flaherty specializes in Japanese history and East Asian social and political history, from the nineteenth century to the present. With a B.A. from the History program at The Johns Hopkins University, he received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in October 2001. His current work focuses on voluntary associations, particularly associations of lawyers, in modern Japanese politics. Other research interests include questions of law and social change in Japan, U.S. military bases in East Asia, and how public spaces express ideology.

Click here to read John O. Haley’s (Vanderbilt Law School) review of Darryl Flaherty’s recent book Public Law, Private Practice: Politics, Profit, and the Legal Profession in Nineteenth Century Japan (2013).

Publications

Books:

  • Public Law, Private Practice Politics, Profit, and the Legal Profession in Nineteenth-Century Japan (Harvard University Press, 2013)

 

 

Public Law, Private Practice Politics, Profit, and the Legal Profession in Nineteenth-Century JapanFlaherty, DarrylHarvard University Press2013http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674066779<p>Long ignored by historians and repudiated in their time, practitioners of private law opened the way toward Japan’s legal modernity. From the seventeenth to the turn of the twentieth century, lawyers and their predecessors changed society in ways that first samurai and then the state could not. During the Edo period (1600–1868), they worked from the shadows to bend the shogun’s law to suit the market needs of merchants and the justice concerns of peasants. Over the course of the nineteenth century, legal practitioners changed law from a tool for rule into a new epistemology and laid the foundation for parliamentary politics during the Meiji era (1868–1912).</p><p>This social and political history argues that legal modernity sprouted from indigenous roots and helped delineate a budding nation’s public and private spheres. Tracing the transition of law regimes from Edo to Meiji, <strong>Darryl E. Flaherty</strong> shows how the legal profession emerged as a force for change in modern Japan and highlights its lasting contributions in founding private universities, political parties, and a national association of lawyers that contributed to legal reform during the twentieth century.</p>

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