Professor Matsuo’s research field belongs to philosophy of “law”. Here “law” mainly refers to the laws which lawyers use, not to the laws of nature which scientists seek for.
Philosophy of law consists of three questions: (1) What is law? (2) What law should be? (What is justice?) (3) How we approach to law and justice. By asking these questions, legal philosophy tries to find out what is the order of human society.
Yoh’s special interest is in comparison between legal regulations and other ones. Other regulations include social (or moral) norms, architectures, markets, and so on. Recently, architectural regulations have received particular attention as a kind of regulation and be used in place of legal regulation. Today, the word “architecture” is used not only by architects but also by computer engineers, by business people, and by public policy makers. For example, policy makers try to reduce numbers of crimes by designing urban environment.
Legal regulation is not the only tool to regulate human behaviors. Comparing with other or non-legal regulations, I ask for ‘what is law’ question.
B.A. 03/2001 Faculty of Law, Ritsumeikan University
M.A. 03/2003 Graduate School of Law, Kyoto University
M.A. 03/2005 Graduate School of Law, Kyoto University
Ph.D 03/2009 Graduate School of Law, Kyoto University
04/2008-03/2009 Program-Specific Researcher (Creative Scientific Research), Graduate School of Law, Kyoto University
04/2009-03/2011 Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Law, Kyoto University
04/2011-03/2014 Lecturer, Faculty of Law, Kindai University (then Kinki University)
04/2014-03/2016 Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Kindai University
04/2016-03/2017 Associate Professor, Graduate School of Law, Nagoya University
04/2017-present Professor, Graduate School of Law, Nagoya University
- Yoh Matsuo ed., Architecture and Law: Architectural Turn in Legal Theory? (Kobundo, 2017) (in Japanese)
- Naoto Katagiri, Jun Okada, Yoh Matsuo eds., The Future of Constitution (Nihonhyoronsha, 2017) (in Japanese)