Statutory Reform of the Administrative Process: The American Experience and the Role of the Bar

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In 2004, the Japanese government was completing a restructuring of its judicial review system and was looking forward to a follow-up round of legislative activity to reform its administrative procedures. I was asked to speak to the Japan American Society for Legal Studies about the American experience with administrative law reform at the congressional level. In particular, I was asked to discuss the role that administrative lawyers have played in these legislative deliberations. The result was the following presentation, which has been slightly edited for American publication. I hope it will appeal to American readers who may be interested in a quick overview of regulatory reform debates in Congress over the past sixty years.

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Administrative law reform, Administrative procedure, Lawyers, Legislative bodies, Bar associations, Administrative Procedure Act, Japan, United States

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Ronald M. Levin (Washington University School of Law)

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