Professor Meryll Dean's main research is on Japanese Law. She has published one of the leading textbooks on the subject: Japanese Legal System (London, Cavendish, 2002) and has written in the areas of Japanese public and constitutional law. Her current research concerns civil liberties and human rights in Japan. This work has involved an examination of asylum and immigration law and issues of human trafficking for sexual exploitation in Japan. In 2005 she was commission by UNHCR to write a report on asylum seekers and refugees in Japan. Professor Dean has been a Visiting Professor at a number of Japanese universities and was a member of the Advisory Board of the Australian Network for Japanese Law (ANJeL).