Kenny (Kunihiko) Yoshida

Visiting Scholar

401 UCB
2450 Kittredge Loop Road
Wolf Law Building
Boulder, CO  80309
Office: 481B
Phone: (303) 735-6851

Professor Yoshida earned a PhD in Civil Law from Tokyo University, Japan (1996), and has served as a visiting professor at Northwestern Law School (1989-1991), Stanford Law School (1994-1995), Harvard Law School /Harvard Yenching Institute (2002-2003), University of Miami Law School (2012-2013), and currently at the University of Colorado Law School (2018-2019). He has written more than 100 articles and case reports and has published seven monographs on contracts, torts, health law, critical legal studies, including critical race theories, and more recently on property theories, especially on housing, city making, environment, and reparations. The relational perspective under the influence of late Professor Ian Macneil at Northwestern is the common thread among these fields.

After educating many graduate students from China and Korea, Professor Yoshida has visited the East Asian countries a number of times in recent years to advise on the recovery plan from the perspective of housing and urban welfare at Chengdu after the earthquake disaster in Sichuan province, to investigate the environmental damage due to asbestos in Korea, and to do some collaborative work on reparations issues regarding "comfort women" for the Japanese Army, Nanjing massacre, Chongqing bombings, Jeju tragedies, Khmer Rouge atrocities, etc. He has held visiting appointments at various universities in Korea, Taiwan, China, and Cambodia.

Professor Yoshida is also an expert on reparations regarding the Ainu people, the indigenous people in Hokkaido, from a civil law perspective. His current research is focused on repatriation, environmental injustice, and traditional indigenous knowledge in support of pressing agenda of the Ainu reparations compared to UNDRIP (UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in 2007) and other indigenous peoples' practices across the globe. His most recent environmental work addresses the topics of Minamata Disease and Fukushima TEPCO radiation litigations. Regarding his indigenous peoples' study, he gave lectures at the University of Alaska (Fairbanks), Australian National University, Umea University in Sweden, and Dong Hwa University in Taiwan, before his current position as visiting professor at the University of Colorado Law School.

Professor Yoshida has published textbooks in Civil Law, Contracts, Torts, Property, Health Law, and Family Law, with respect to public policy, over the last several years.

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