Symposium on International Law and Japanese Approaches: The Law of the Sea and International Peace Operations

Published 3 March 2016

On 26 February 2016, the T.M.C. Asser Instituut organised a Symposium on International Law and Japanese Approaches, with financial support of the Toshiba International Foundation. The panel sessions were devoted to two topics: the disputes in the maritime areas of East Asia; and the changing role of the Japan Self- Defense Forces (JSDF) in international peace operations.

H.E. Judge Hisashi Owada of the International Court of Justice provided the keynote speech, drawing the context for the Symposium, with a presentation about Japan and the Law of Nations.

The speakers in the first panel discussed disputes in the maritime areas of East Asia (the panel included Dr. Yurika Ishii of the National Defense Academy of Japan, Prof. Dr. Alex Oude Elferink of the Netherlands Institute for the Law of the Sea, and Dr. Christina Hoss of the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal).

The second panel convened in the afternoon to discuss the changing role of the JSDF in international peace operations (the panel included H.E. Judge Shunji Yanai of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, Prof. Craig Martin of Washburn University, Dr. Bérénice Boutin of the Asser Institute).

After each panel session, a lively panel discussion and a Q&A session with the audience took place, moderated by Asser researchers Dr. Olivier Ribbelink and Mr. Onur Güven.

>>Read the full report
>>Read the Keynote Address by H.E. Judge Hisashi Owada of the International Court of Justice


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