Level of education: Bachelor programmes

Type of instruction: Full-time

Duration: 4 years

Language of instruction: English, Japanese and Russian


Main educational courses

  • Administrative Law of Russia and Japan
  • Civil Law of Russia and Japan
  • History of Law and State
  • History of Japan
  • Constitutional Law of Russia and Japan
  • Ethnography and Culture of Japan
  • Public Finance Law
  • Natural Resources Law of Russia and Japan
  • Social, Political and Economic Systems of Japan
  • Theory of State and Law
  • Labour Law of Russia and Japan
  • Criminal Law of Russia and Japan
  • Foreign Policy of Japan
  • Tax Law of Japan

Taught in English

  • Public International Law in the Practice of International Courts and Tribunals
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • Judicial Review of Government Actions

Taught in Japanese

  • Key Issues of Theory and Practice in Japanese Modernisation: History and the Present Situation
  • History of Oriental Ideology
  • Japanese Literature
  • Ethnopsychology of Japan



Benefits of the programme

  • The uniqueness of the programme lies in the versatility of knowledge acquired by the students who become aware of Russian law and Japanese law, and obtain background knowledge of Japan.
  • The programme combines traditions of classical legal education of the first Russian university with unique innovative teaching tools and methods at the forefront of legal training.
  • The programme is distinguished by its comprehensive (interdisciplinary) approach to its content. It combines legal disciplines indispensable in training qualified professionals with intensive learning of foreign languages, including Japanese.
  • The teaching staff apply modern methods of teaching, including information technology, case studies, role plays, and business games.
  • Graduates with a bachelor degree have a level of English comparable with B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
  • The programme was designed with respect to feedback from prospective employers about the balance of graduate-level competencies and professional requirements of the job market.
  • Students have access to the dedicated collection of the SPbU Research Library named after Maksim Gorky. The Library holds unique 16th to 19th century editions as well as modern Russian and foreign legal literature.

International partners

  • Niigata University (Japan)
  • Osaka City University (Japan)
  • University of Tokyo (Japan)
  • Renmin University of China
  • Shanghai University of Political Science and Law (China)
  • Harbin Institute of Technology (China)
  • Jilin University (China)
  • Peking University (China)
  • University Of Passau (Germany)
  • University of Hamburg (Germany)
  • The Free University of Berlin (Germany)
  • Vilnius University (Lithuania)
  • Charles University (Czech Republic)
  • University Of Belgrade (Serbia)
  • Hanoi Law University (Vietnam)


The programme trains professionals with a set of necessary professional skills, including cultural and linguistic awareness, who are well-placed to embark on a career in the area of Russian-Japanese relations.

Graduates can apply the acquired knowledge and skills in companies and government bodies conducting joint Russian-Japanese projects as well as companies focusing on international cooperation and transboundary projects.

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