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 also serves as Secretary at the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS), an editor for the Global Governance Journal and a section editor for Geografia – Malaysian Journal of Society and Space, and is a Member of the Board of Directors in the Global Peacebuilding Association of Japan (GPAJ).
Her main area of research is UN Peace Operations, in particular the UN Police, accountability and human rights. She teaches international human rights law, international humanitarian law, international criminal law, human security and peacebuilding. Between 1998 and 2016, she worked in Nepal, East Timor/Timor-Leste, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Japan with the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UN-OHCHR), UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), UN Peace Operations (UNTAET, UNAMET) and other UN offices and entities, as well as in the academia. Her publications include: Holding UNPOL to Account: Individual Criminal Accountability of United Nations Police Personnel (Brill, 2017).
Paul 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. He is currently researching the ramifications of the Bemba et. al. case on the war crime of intentionally directed attacks against humanitarian personnel.
Amishi 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.
Raymond 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.
Lauren is a Research Fellow and Graduate Student at the University of Tokyo focusing on expatriate identity, mobility, social cohesion and social structuralism. Lauren is the Founder and Country Leader for Japan for the Migration Working Group of the UN MGCY. She is also the Co-founder of the University of Tokyo Violence Against Women Working Group (UT VAW). In 2020, Lauren was appointed Head Delegate of the American Delegation to the G20 Youth Summit (Y20) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and was selected for the Global Dialogue Fellowship. Lauren has worked as an Intern and Official for the OECD, an entrepreneur starting her own consultancy, and a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal for Human Security Studies Special Edition.
Satoko is a Research Assistant at the Research Centre for Sustainable Peace at the University of Tokyo and a part-time researcher at the Social Science Research Institute, International Christian University where she also published a journal article on human security. Her research focuses predominantly on the theories of human security and human rights, with a particular focus on the protection of rights for refugees. More recently she volunteered at a refugee camp in Samos, Greece where she helped set up a safe house for refugee women and an education center for young adults. She is also a member of the Human Security Forum and holds a B.A. in International Relations and a M.A. in Peace Studies from the International Christian University.
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.
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 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.
Chris Clayton is currently a second-year student at the University of Tokyo, studying in the Japan in East Asia stream of the PEAK program. He placed first in the Japan National Round of the 2020 ICRC International Humanitarian Law Moot Court Competition. His interests range from the field of IR to Sustainable Development, and he has recently developed an interest in both International and Environmental Law.
Mei Kanehara is a second-year PEAK student at the University of Tokyo. She placed first in the Japan National Round of the 2020 ICRC International Humanitarian Law Moot Court Competition. She has a strong passion for the field of international law and international relations.
Timothy Massie is in his second year at the University of Tokyo, studying Japan in East Asia in the PEAK program. As the winner of the Japan National Round of the 2020 ICRC International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Moot Court Competition, he and his team are representing Japan in the Asia-Pacific Round of the same competition. On top of IHL, he also has an interest in International Human Rights Law.
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.
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.
Hanjun is a senior student from the University of Tokyo’s Department of Arts and Science. Within this program, she is focusing my studies on International Law, Human Rights Issues, and Humanitarian Assistance. She is particularly interested in issues such as sexual violence and protection toward vulnerable populations in the emergency through an international legal approach. Other than that, Hanjun is also concerned with a wide range of international issues such as international politics and international trade.
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, and 2018 Panjnad International Moot Court Competition: the Best Oralist
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.