University of Tokyo International Law Training and Research Hub

at the Research Center for Sustainable Peace

About The Members

Professor Ai Kihara-Hunt

Professor Ai Kihara-Hunt is an Associate Professor for the Graduate Program of Human Security, and the Deputy Director of the Global Research Center for Sustainable Peace at the University of Tokyo. She is also a Member of the Board of Directors in the Academic Council on the United Nations System, an editor for the Global Governance Journal, and is a Member of the Board of Directors in the Global Peacebuilding Association of Japan.

From 2006 to 2010, Professor Kihara-Hunt served as Lead Trainer at the UN Office of the High-Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva and in Nepal, where she headed the regional office. She continues to serve as an Editor for Geografia-Malaysian Journal of Society and Space, is a Member of the Japan Association for United Nations Studies and a Member of the Japan Association for Human Security Studies. Professor Kihara-Hunt holds a Ph.D in Law and LL.M in International Human Rights Law from the University of Essex, a Master’s Degree from the University of Sussex, and a B.A. from Aoyama Gakuin University. She has written extensively on issues of international law, most recently on the accountability of United Nations Police personnel and sexual exploitation within United Nations peace operations.

Hwa Namkoong

Hwa Paul Namkoong is a second-year student at the PEAK program of the University of Tokyo. He placed first in both the Asia-Pacific Round of the ICRC International Humanitarian Law Role Play Competition and the Japan National Round of the 2019 ICRC International Humanitarian Law Moot Court Competition. The ICRC has also invited and funded the team to compete in the 2019 Jean-Pictet Competition, to be hosted in Indonesia, as well as the Asia-Pacific Round of the IHL Moot Court Competition in Hong Kong. Hwa is currently researching the ramifications of the Bemba et. al. case on the war crime of intentionally directed attacks against humanitarian personnel. 

Amishi Agrawal

Amishi Agrawal is a second-year student at the PEAK program of the University of Tokyo. She placed first in the Asia-Pacific Round of the ICRC International Humanitarian Law Role Play Competition. The ICRC has also invited and funded the team to compete in the 2019 Jean-Pictet Competition, to be hosted in Indonesia.

Fei Tong

Fei Tong is a second-year student at the University of Tokyo’s Department of Law. She won first place in the 2018 and 2019 Japan National Round of the ICRC International Humanitarian Law Moot Court Competition, won first place in the 2018 ICRC International Humanitarian Law Role Play Competition, and was a finalist in the subsequent Asia-Pacific Round. She is currently researching the intricacies of territorial ambitions in lowering the threshold of proof for determining international armed conflicts. 

Urara Furukawa

Urara Furukawa is in the graduate programme of Human Security at the University of Tokyo.  She has worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) extensively in the field and the headquarters settings, including in South East Asia, Central Asia, Near East and Europe in operations involving refugees, internally displaced and stateless people.  Her most recent assignments were the Senior Protection Officer for the Central Asian region (2017-2019) and the Head of Field Office in Maungdaw, Myanmar (2015-2017).  She has a B.A. from Sophia (Jochi) University and an M.A. from the University of Sussex.  Her research interests include the human rights of refugees, stateless people and the relationship between the state and citizenship.

Joshi Dinesh

Mr. Joshi Ratala Dinesh Prasad is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in the ‘Human Security Program’ at the University of Tokyo. His research interest lies in “children”, “education” and “migration.” In recent years, he has been closely studying how migration of semi and low skilled workers has impacted the enjoyment of educational rights of their children. He has worked as an intern for a Japanese NGO “C-Rights” (2018-2019). He has an experience of conducting field research on ‘refugees’ based in Malaysia (2017) and Nepal (2019).

Chihiro Toya

Chihiro Toya is a second-year master’s student in the Graduate Program of Human Security at the University of Tokyo. Since 2016, she has been actively researching sex worker activism in Thailand, and sexual violence issues in Japan. She served as vice president for the youth group, Plan International - an international development and humanitarian organisation, to advocate children’s rights and equality for girls. She is a member of the Tottoko Gender Movement, a grassroots group at the University of Tokyo. She has worked with her university to support incoming students by creating her university's official bystander intervention booklet against sexual discrimination and violence, which was distributed to all first-year students during orientation week in 2020.

Her current research focuses on participatory action research - the process in which those who are marginalised participate in the investigation to combat exclusion, inequality, and stigma.

Raymond Andaya

Raymond Andaya is a research student and MEXT scholar at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokyo. He was lecturer at the International Studies Department of De La Salle University in Manila, the Philippines. He received double-degree Masters in International Public Policy and Asian Studies from the Osaka School of International Public Policy and De La Salle University, respectively. His research interests are in the fields of peace and conflict studies and transitional justice.

Takenori Yamazaki

Takenori Yamazaki is a graduate of the University of Tokyo. He won the following: 

- 8th International Humanitarian Law Moot Court Competition Japan Regional Round: the Best Council

- 9th International Humanitarian Law Moot Court Competition Japan Regional Round: the Best Council

- 2018 Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition Japan National Round: the 1st Prize and the Best Oralist

- 2019 Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition Japan National Round: the 1st Prize and the Best Oralist

- 2018 Panjnad International Moot Court Competition: the Best Oralist

Issa Shiraishi

Issa Shiraishi is a first-year student at the University of Tokyo’s Department of Law. He placed first in both the Asia-Pacific Round of the ICRC International Humanitarian Law Role Play Competition and the Japan National Round of the 2019 ICRC International Humanitarian Law Moot Court Competition. The ICRC has also invited and funded the team to compete in the 2019 Jean-Pictet Competition, to be hosted in Indonesia, as well as the Asia-Pacific Round of the IHL Moot Court Competition in Hong Kong. 

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Emi Yasuda

Emi Yasuda completed her Honours B.A. in Peace, Conflict, and Justice at the University of Toronto in 2020. She spent 2018-2019 as an exchange student at the University of Tokyo. From 2017-2019, she was a Compliance Analyst for the University of Toronto's G7 and G20 Research Groups, writing on issues of women's empowerment in the private sector, and employment and skills development in Japan. Emi has previously volunteered with several Toronto-based community organizations and is a current member of WomEnpowered International at the University of Tokyo.

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