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Kyoto University Profile

Research activities

  • Kokusaiho Kenkyukai (Study Group on International Law)
    • The "Kokusaiho Kenkyukai" (Study Group on International Law) meets on every Saturday during semesters at Kyoto University, gathering researchers and graduate students of the region.
    • Recent international guest speakers include (titles at the time of the meeting):
      • Gerd Droesse (former legal adviser, Green Climate Fund), "Membership in International Organiztions" (online participation, 24 October 2020).
      • Claus Kreß (Professor, Universität zu Köln),
      • "The Ius Contra Bellum at a Moment of Crisis: Recent Developments and Current Challenges in Light of the International Law Association's Final Reort on Aggression and the Use of Force (2018)" (23 February 2019).
      • Sabine Konrad (Partner, McDermott, Will & Emery) & Arnes Fuchs (Partner, McDermott, Will & Emery), "Investment Protection and Environmental Regulation” (30 June 2018)
      • Jean d'Aspremont (Professor, University of Manchester; Professor, Sciences Po de Paris), "Critical Attitudes in Historiographical International Legal Studies: Failure by Confinement?" (12 May 2018)
      • Philippe Sands (Professor, University College London / Barrister, Matrix Chambes / President, English Pen), "East West Street: On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes against Humanity - What it means for an international lawyer to talk about his subject to a wider audience" (21 April 2018)
      • Steffen Hindelang (Professor, Syddansk Universtet / Juniorprofessur, Freie Universtät Berlin), "A European Perspective on the Ongoing Reform Processes in International Investment Law" (25 February 2018)
      • Hoi Kong (Associate Professor, McGill University; Visiting Scholar, Kyoto University), "Sustainable Development in NAFTA: Diagnosis and Prognosis" (27 May 2017)
      • Bruno Demeyere (Legal Advisor, International Committee of the Red Cross), "The ICRC Updated Commentaries on the 1949 Geneva Conventions: Capturing 60 years of Implementation and Interpretation of IHL" (20 May 2017)
      • Jean d'Aspremont (Professor, University of Manchester; Professor, University of Amsterdam), "International Law as a Belief System" (25 March 2017)
      • Jean-Paul Costa (former President, European Court of Human Rights; Président, Fondation René Cassin - Institut international des Droits de l'Homme): "The European fundamental rights’ protection system" (25 March 2017)
      • Vladimir Golitsyn (President, International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea): "Recent Activities of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea" (5 February 2017)
      • Wenqi Zhu (Professor, Renmin Law School): "The Role of International Law and its Limit in Asia" (28 January 2017)
      • Alexander Orakhelashvili (Lecturer, Birmingham): "Jus cogens and State immunity in the light of the Germany v Italy judgment of the ICJ" (13 June 2015)
      • Dire Tladi (Professor, Pretoria; Member, International Law Commission; Visiting Professor, Kobe): "The African Union, Immunity and the International Criminal Court" (25 April 2015)
      • Angelos Dimopoulos (Lectuer, Queen Mary): "EU trade policy and bilateralism" (4 April 2015)
      • Valsamis Mitsilegas (Professor, Queen Mary): "The Emerging Framework of EU-Japan Judicial Co-operation in Criminal Matters" (4 April 2015)
      • Hisashi Owada (Judge, ICJ): "On the Recent Activities of the ICJ" (14 February 2015)
      • Navraj Ghaleigh (Senior Lecturer, Edinburgh; Visiting Scholar, Kyoto): "International Climate Change Law Outwith the UNFCCC: Preparing for Failure" (24 January 2015)
      • Malgosia Fitzmaurice (Professor, Queen Mary; Visiting Professor, Kobe): "The precautionary principle in international environmental law: Do we really need it?" (26 April 2014)
      • Andreas Ziegler (Professor, Lausanne): "The new global law on fighting tax crimes and its repercussions on financial services centers like Switzerland" (1 February 2014)
      • Christopher Harland (Legal Adviser, ICRC): "IHL and new technologies: Elements for discussion from an ICRC perspective" (1 February 2014)
      • Valerie Hughes (Director of Legal Affairs, WTO): "The WTO dispute settlement system: Past, present & future" (2 November 2013)
      • Lucius Caflisch (Member, ILC; former judge, ECHR): "The European Court of Human Rights: Memories of a Judge" (14 September 2013)
      • Vasilka Sancin (Assistant Professor, Ljubljana; Visiting Professor, Akita International), "Slovenia-Croatia Border Dispute" (8 June 2013)
      • Théodor Christakis (Professor, Grenoble; Visiting Professor, Kobe): "International legal positivism and human rights" (14 April 2013)
      • Mark Feldman (Associate Professor, Peking University (Shenzhen)): "Corporate Nationality Planning" (13 October 2012)
      • Władysław Czapliński (Professor, Warsaw): "The relationship between State responsibility and the criminal responsibility of individuals under international law" (4 June 2011)
      • Georg Ress (former vice-president, ECHR): "International and European Community Law before the European Court of Human Rights and National Supreme Courts" (16 October 2010)
      • Nils Melzer (Legal Advisor, ICRC): "The notion of direct participation in hostilities under international humanitarian law" (19 June 2010)



Student activities

Kyoto University students participate in various moot court competitions, including:

  • P.C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition
  • FDI Moot
  • Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Moot Court Competition
  • Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition
  • Asia Cup International Law Moot Court Competition
  • Japan Cup International Law Moot Court Competition

Living in Kyoto

Kyoto International Students Information Site

Kyoto City International Foundation

Kyoto Travel Guide (English) (Français)

Kyotodeasobo Art: Museums in Kyoto

Green tour Kyoto

Kyoto National Museum

The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto

Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art

The Museum of Kyoto

Kyoto International Manga Museum

Kyoto Concert Hall

ROHM Theatre Kyoto

Institut français Japon-Kansaï

Goethe-Institut Villa Kamogawa Kyoto

Kansai Window