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


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.


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



Ronald M. Levin (Washington University School of Law)



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