Mark D. West

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Mark D. West
Born (1968-07-26) July 26, 1968 (age 49)
Nationality United States
Alma mater Rhodes College
Columbia Law School
Scientific career
Institutions University of Michigan Law School

Mark D. West (born July 26, 1968) is a U.S. legal scholar, Nippon Life Professor of Law and Dean of the University of Michigan Law School. In January 2013, he was named as the 17th Dean of Michigan Law and succeeded Evan H. Caminker. West began his term on September 1, 2013.[1]

He is widely published on the subject of Japanese law and the Japanese legal system, and is regarded as a leading American authority in these areas. From 2003 to 2008, West served as director of the University of Michigan Center for Japanese Studies. West's five-year tenure as director was the longest of any director since the Center's founding in 1947.[2] He has been the associate dean for academic affairs at Michigan Law since 2008.


West is the author or co-author of five books:

  • Economic Organizations and Corporate Governance in Japan: The Impact of Formal and Informal Rules. Curtis J. Milhaupt, co-author. Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press, 2004.
  • Law in Everyday Japan: Sex, Sumo, Suicide, and Statutes. Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 2005.
  • Secrets, Sex and Spectacle: The Rules of Scandal in Japan and the United States. Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 2006.
  • The Japanese Legal System: Cases, Codes, and Commentary. Curtis J. Milhaupt & J. Mark Ramseyer, co-authors. University Casebook Series. New York: Foundation Press, 2006.
  • Lovesick Japan: Sex, Marriage, Romance, Law. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press, 2011.

He has published articles in English and Japanese in the Journal of Japanese Studies, Hōritsu Jihō, American Journal of Comparative Law, Law and Society Review, Journal of Comparative Economics, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, University of Chicago Law Review, and Northwestern University Law Review among others.[3] He is a frequent lecturer at universities in the United States and Japan, and an editor of the Journal of Japanese Law.


West earned his B.A., magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Rhodes College and his J.D. with multiple honors from Columbia Law School, where he was notes and comments editor for the Columbia Law Review.

He clerked for the Hon. Eugene Nickerson of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

West has been a Fulbright Research Scholar, an Abe Fellow, and a fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.


  1. ^ [1] Mark West Named 17th Dean of University of Michigan Law School (January 9, 2013)
  2. ^ [2] History of CJS
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-10-04. Retrieved 2013-01-09.  Publications

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