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Craig Martin

Craig Martin is an Associate Professor of Law at Washburn University School of Law in the United States. His ares of specialty are international law, particularly with respect to the use of armed force and the laws of war, and comparative constitutional law, specifically with respect to Anglo-American and Japanese law.

Craig's interest in Japan began while working on his first degree in history, writing his thesis on Japanese militarism in the 1930s. After four years of service as a Naval Officer in the Canadian Forces, he went to Japan on a Monbushō Scholarship to continue his studies, spending four years at Osaka University's Graduate School of Law and Politics, as a research and language student, and then as a graduate student. His research focused on international legal disputes between the U.S. and Japan in the 1920s. Upon obtaining a masters degree from Osaka University, he returned to Canada, where he studied law at the University of Toronto, and went on to practice as a trial and appellate lawyer for several years.

He maintained his connection with Japan and Osaka University throughout this period, teaching intensive courses in comparative constitutional law as a visiting lecturer at Osaka University, and publishing on Japanese legal issues in both academic and mainstream media. After leaving practice he obtained a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania, doing research on international and constitutional law constraints on the use of armed force, using the Japanese constitutional experience as part of the analysis. He can be reached at, and his website can be found at


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