H.E. JUDGE YUJI IWASAWA was elected a judge of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) – the U.N.’s principal judicial body – on 22 June 2018. He had been nominated by 44 national groups of the Permanent Court of Arbitration and received 184 out of 189 valid votes in the U.N. General Assembly, and the full support of the 15-member U.N. Security Council.
His election fills a vacancy left by H.E. Judge Hisashi Owada who retired on 7 June last year at age 85. Judge Iwasawa will serve the remainder of his predecessor’s nine-year term, which runs until 5 February 2021, as one of the 15 judges at the ICJ. Prior to his election to the ICJ, he was as a professor of international law at the University of Tokyo Faculty of Law, and a member of the U.N. Human Rights Committee, a group of independent experts that monitors the States parties’ compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. He served as a member of the Committee for nearly 12 years (2007-2018) and elected as its Chairperson twice (2009-2011, 2017-2018).
Judge Iwasawa is currently also a Vice-Chair of the London-based International Law Association and an associate member of the Institut de droit international. He was formerly a President of the Japanese Society of International Law (2016-2018), Judge and Vice President of the Asian Development Bank Administrative Tribunal in Manila, Philippines (2004-2013), and a member of the U.N. Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (2002-2004).
His books include International Law, Human Rights, and Japanese Law: The Impact of International Law on Japanese Law (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1998), WTO Dispute Settlement (Tokyo: Sanseido, 1995), Domestic Applicability of Treaties (Tokyo: Yuhikaku, 1985), Trilateral Perspectives on International Legal Issues: Relevance of Domestic Law and Policy (co-edited with Michael K. Young. New York: Transnational Publishers, 1996), and International Law Documents (Tokyo: Yuhikaku, annually).
He served as Visiting Fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law (1991-1993, 1997, 2000-2001), Overseas Fellow at the Churchill College, Cambridge (2000-2001), a Visiting Professor, at the Columbia Law School (2014), and a chercheur invité, Centre de recherche sur les droits de l'homme et le droit humanitaire, at the Université Panthéon Assas (2015-2016). He has also given lectures at The Hague Academy of International Law (2002) and the United Nations Audiovisual Library of International Law (2010).
Judge Iwasawa holds an LL.B. from the University of Tokyo Faculty of Law, an LL.M. from Harvard Law School, an S.J.D. from the University of Virginia, and a Honorary Doctorate from Osaka City University.
Judge Iwasawa contributed to the establishment of the Asian Society of International Law, attending the preparatory meetings in Tokyo, Singapore, and Beijing.
H.E. Judge (Ret.) HISASHI OWADA
Judge Owada was judge of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague from 2003 to 2018. He was President of the Court from 2009 to 2012. He is the father of Japan’s Crown Princess Masako.
Before being appointed to this post, he was professor of international law and organization at Waseda University in Japan, and President of the Japan Institute of International Affairs.
In the public service of his country, Judge Owada served as Legal Adviser of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Foreign Minister of Japan, as well as Permanent Representative to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York.
As professor of international law, Judge Owada has taught at University of Tokyo for 25 years and more recently at Waseda University, Japan. He has also taught for many years at Harvard Law School, Columbia Law School and New York University Law School.
He is currently on the faculty of the New York University Global Law School and honorary professor at Leiden University, the Netherlands. He is a member of l’Institut de Droit International. Judge Owada is the author of numerous writings on international legal affairs.
A recipient of many professional honors and distinctions, Judge Owada is a Member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, an Honorary Member of the American Society of International Law, Chairman of the Advisory Council of the Asian Society of International Law and a Member emeritus of the Japanese Society of International Law. He is also membre titulaire of the Institut de droit international, having served as President emeritus from 2007 to 2009.
Dean Merlin M. Magallona
PROFESSOR MERLIN M MAGALLONA is a former Dean and currently a Professorial Lecturer at the University of the Philippines College of Law. He is chair of the Department of International and Human Rights Law of the Academic Council of the Philippine Judicial Academy (PHILJA) of the Supreme Court.
His academic career spanning nearly 60 years has yielded a corpus of at least 40 books, book chapters or articles, many of which broke paths in Philippine legal scholarship. In 2018, the Philippine Society of International Law held an inaugural national conference in his honor. He was a participant in the Tokyo External Session of The Hague Academy in 1968, a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University in 1969, and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Graduate School of International Development of Nagoya University in 1994. In 2001, he was appointed an Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs, which he served until his resignation in July 2002. Twice, he served as counsel for the Republic of the Philippines in the oral arguments before the International Court of Justice; first, in the case of Legality of the Threat or Use of Nuclear Weapons (Advisory Opinion, 1995) and second, in the Case Concerning Sovereignty over Pulau Ligitan and Pulau Sipadan
(Indonesia v. Malaysia), in which the Philippines requested to intervene in 2001.
In 1998, he represented the Philippines in the Working Group of the UN Diplomatic Conference on the Establishment of an International Criminal Court in Rome and headed the Philippine Delegation to the meeting of the ICC Preparatory Committee in 2002. He was both part of the organizing committee and the Executive Council of the Asian Society of International Law in 2004. He is co-chair of the Philippine Planning Committee for the AsianSIL 7th Biennial Manila Conference 2019.
H.E. Judge Jin-Hyun Paik
H.E. Judge Jin-Hyun Paik has been Judge of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) since 2009. In October 2017, he was elected President of the Tribunal for a term of three years (2017-2020). He is currently arbitrator in the “Enrica Lexie” Incident (Italy v. India) case at the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA).
He is also President of the Arbitral Tribunal in Dispute Concerning Coastal State Rights in the Black Sea, Sea of Azov, and Kerch Strait (Ukraine v. Russian Federation). Judge Paik is Professor of International Law at Seoul National University in Korea and was Dean of its Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS). Over the past three decades he has taught International Law and the Law of the Sea in various universities and institutions around the world. Judge Paik is Member of the Institut de Droit International, and also served as President of the Asian Society of International Law (AsianSIL, 2015-2017). He has written and edited over 150 articles and several books in the fields of International Law and Relations, Law of the Sea, International Dispute Settlement, and Korea’s foreign and security policies.
H.E. Ambassador (Ret.) Lilia R. Bautista
After finishing her law degree at the University of the Philippines Ambassador Bautista took up her master of laws degree at the University of Michigan as a Dewitt Fellow. Thereafter, she studied in New York City University, taking up corporate finance and reorganization as a Prentice Hall scholar. Upon her return to the Philippines, she took up her MBA in the University of the Philippines.
Ambassador Bautista has had a long career in public service. She was the Chairperson of the Securities and Exchange Commission of the Philippines from 2000 to 2004. Between 1999 and 2000, she served as Senior Undersecretary and Special Trade Negotiator at the Department of Trade and Industry in Manila. From December 1992 to June 1999, Ambassador Bautista was the Philippine Permanent Representative in Geneva to the United Nations, WTO, WHO, ILO and other international organizations. During her assignment in Geneva, she chaired several bodies, including the WTO Council for Trade in Services. She holds the distinction of being the first female chair of the WTO Appellate Body, where she served from 2007 to 2012.
Her long career in the Philippine Government also included posts as Legal Officer in the Office of the President, Chief Legal Officer of the Board of Investments, and acting Trade Minister.
She is now the Dean of the College of Law of the private-run Jose Rizal University, and an independent Director of many listed companies. She is also in the board of several foundations, and teaches in the master of laws program of the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM), a university owned by the City of Manila.
H.E. Judge Raul C. Pangalangan
H.E. JUDGE RAUL C. PANGALANGAN was elected as a judge of the International Criminal Court on June 24, 2015 and was sworn in on July 13, 2015.
In 2016, the trial chamber of which he was presiding judge handed down a landmark verdict on former Malian Islamic leader Ahmed Al Faqi Al Mahdi, convicting him of a single war crime of destroying historic and religious buildings in the northern Mali city of Timbuktu four years before. He is founding member of the Executive Council of the Asian Society of International Law and is on the Advisory Council of the Philippine Society of International Law, and was Philippine delegate to the 1998 Rome Conference that drafted the statute of the ICC.
Judge Pangalangan received his A.B.cum laude (1978) and LL.B.(1983) from the University of the Philippines, and his LL.M.(1986) and S.J.D.(1990) from the Harvard Law School, where he won the Laylin Prize in 1986 for best paper in public international law for his LL.M. thesis and the Sumner Prize for best thesis on issues relating to international peace for his S.J.D.dissertation in 1990. He received the Diploma of The Hague Academy of International Law in 1987, where he lectured on Disputed Islands in the South China Sea and Southeast Asia. He was Dean and Professor of Law of the University of the Philippines College of Law and taught visiting professorships at Harvard Law School (International Law, 1998 and 2007), Melbourne University (Comparative Constitutionalism, Spring 2009 and Fall 2005) and Hong Kong University/Duke University (Comparative Constitutionalism, 2008). He has also lectured at the Irish Centre for Human Rights (2003); Japan Society of International Law (2002); Thessaloniki Institute of International Public Law (2001); and the International Committee of the Red Cross.
H.E. Judge Chang-Ho Chung
H.E. JUDGE CHANG-HO CHUNG is a Judge of the International Criminal Court (ICC) serving in the Trial Division. Prior to his appointment to the ICC, he served as a United Nations International Judge in the Pre-Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia for three and half years.
At the ECCC, he was a member of both the Rules and Procedure Committee and the Judicial Administration Committee.
Prior to this, Judge Chung served as a judge in the Republic of Korea from 1993. From 2008 to 2009 he served as a Legal Advisor and Korean Delegate to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea and Permanent Mission in Vienna, Austria. Judge Chung holds a B.A. in Law and an LL.M. in International Law from Seoul National University. He has also been a Research Scholar at the London School of Economics and Political Science (2001), as well as at the University of Hong Kong (2005).
Hon. Justice Francis H. Jardeleza
H.E. JUSTICE FRANCIS H. JARDELEZA served as Solicitor General of the Republic of the Philippines from February 2012 until his appointment as the 173rd
Associate Justice of the Philippine Supreme Court on 20 August 2014. He also served as Deputy Ombudsman for Luzon. He is currently the Vice President for Southeast Asia of the Asian Society of International Law and is a member of the Advisory Council of the Philippine Society of International Law.
As Solicitor General, Justice Jardeleza argued many cases before the Supreme Court, notably the constitutional challenges to the Cybercrime Law and the Reproductive Health Law. He also served as Agent for the Republic of the Philippines and Head of the Philippine legal team handling the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea Annex VII arbitration with China, in relation to the West Philippine Sea maritime disputes.
As Agent of the Republic, he lectured extensively on the Philippines’ claim here and abroad, including at the Department of Foreign Affairs; the Philippine Navy Headquarters; the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, USA; the Center for a New American Security in Washington, D.C., USA; Harvard University in Cambridge,
Massachusetts, USA; New York University in New York, USA; and at the New York State Bar Association Seasonal Meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam.
At the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG), Justice Jardeleza worked to improve the quality of representation by the OSG through capacity building programs for OSG lawyers and the recruitment of new lawyers from the top graduates of law schools, including bar topnotchers. Prior to his career in government, Justice Jardeleza had an extensive private law practice.
He joined Angara Abello Concepcion Regala and Cruz (ACCRALAW) in 1975 and became partner in 1981. In 1986, he became Chairman of the ACCRALAW Litigation Department. In 1987, Justice Jardeleza left ACCRALAW and founded Jardeleza Sobreviñas Diaz Hayudini and Bodegon. In 1990, he established the Jardeleza Law Offices as a solo practice. Later, he joined Roco Bunag Kapunan Migallos and Jardeleza, as partner, where he headed the Litigation and Labor Law Departments. In 1996, Justice Jardeleza became Senior Vice President and General Counsel of San Miguel Corporation, a position he held until 30 June 2010. Justice Jardeleza also taught Constitutional and Administrative Law, and Civil Procedure at the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Law, where he was a professorial lecturer since 1993. He also served as examiner for Political Law in the 2012 bar examinations.
He has bachelor’s degrees in Political Science (Most Outstanding Graduate) and law (salutatorian and cum laude), both from the University of the Philippines, and an LLM from the Harvard Law School.
Hon. Harry Roque, Jr.
Profile for H. Harry Roque, Jr.
Harry Roque is a lawyer, public servant and former law professor. He is the current President of the Asian Society of International Law, having been one of its founding members.
He graduated from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Political Science. He finished his Bachelor of Laws at the University of the Philippines where he was also the Outstanding Law Intern Awardee and received his Master of Laws with Merits from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Harry was an associate professor at the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Law, teaching public international law and constitutional law for over 15 years. He also served as the Director of the Institute of International Legal Studies (IILS) of the UP Law Center from 2003-2008, and 2011-2015. He also served as an adjunct professor at the Academy of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Washington College of Law of American University in Washington D.C. from 2011-2015.
Through the advocacy group Center for International Law (CenterLaw), of which he was one of the founders, Harry and his team represented victims of the 2009 Ampatuan Massacre, the Malaya Lolas who were victims of systemic rape and abuse during World War II, the family of the murdered transgender woman Jennifer Laude; and the family of the murdered environmental advocate and media man Gerry Ortega of Palawan.
In the realm of public service, Harry served as a Member of the House of Representatives for one and a half years before leaving his position to accept a cabinet post as Presidential Spokesperson and Adviser on Human Rights. While he was in Congress, he was the major proponent for four landmark laws: Universal Health Care, Free Lunch for Public School Children, Free Irrigation for Small-Scale Farms and Free Public Tertiary Education. Despite his short tenure, he was one of the most productive members of Congress, having authored over 135 substantive bills while serving.
Throughout his career as lawyer, public servant and academic, Harry has received various awards including Congressional Commendation for Unprecedented Achievement During the Impeachment Trial of Chief Justice Corona, , the 2011 Outstanding Private Prosecutor from Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) and the Justice Jose C. Campos and Maria Clara Campos Metrobank Foundation Professorial Chair Holder.
He was admitted to practice before the UN War Crimes Tribunal for Rwanda in 2004 and was the first Asian admitted to practice before the International Criminal Court.
Professor Elizabeth Aguiling-Pangalangan
PROFESSOR ELIZABETH AGUILING-PANGALANGAN
President, Philippine Society of International Law
Elizabeth H. Aguiling-Pangalangan is the incumbent President of the Philippine Society of International Law. She is a Professor of Law at the University of the Philippines College of Law and the Director of the Institute of Human Rights of the UP Law Center. She also chairs the Junior Scholars’ Conference Academic Committee.
Professor Aguiling-Pangalangan obtained her AB (1978) and LL.B.(1983) at the University of the Philippines Diliman in 1978 and her Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree in 1989 from the Harvard Law School. She has taught Persons and Family Relations, Conflict of Laws, Contracts, and Child’s Rights in UP since 1993 and Ad- vanced Master in European and International Human Rights in Leiden University Law School in 2019.
She has authored several books, including Marriage and Unmarried Cohabitation: The Rights of Husbands, Wives and Lovers; Not Bone of My Bone But Still My Own: A Treatise on the Philippine Law on Adoption; and Conflict of Laws: Cases Materials and Comments (co-authored with Justice Jorge Coquia). Prof. Aguil- ing-Pangalangan has been published by Cambridge University Press, Routledge Law and Kluwer Law Inter- national. She is a member of the Hague Conference Experts’ Group on Parentage and Surrogacy and of the Hague Conference Special Commission on Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments. She attended The Hague Academy of International Law on a scholarship in 1997 and lectured in its Extension Programme in 2003. She was a fellow of the International Family Planning Leadership Program at the University of California Sta. Cruz (2005), and a Visiting Scholar (1997-98) and Research Fellow (2007) at East Asian Legal Studies Program of Harvard Law School.
Professor Aguiling-Pangalangan drafted the Domestic Adoption Act of 1998, and was a member of the drafting committee of the implementing rules and regulations of the Magna Carta of Women (2010) and the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law (2013). She was a consultant to the UN Women on the CEDAW Based Legal Review of Philippine Migration and Trafficking Laws; to the World Health Organiza- tion on Tobacco Control in the Philippines; and to the Department of Foreign Affairs on the Development of ASEAN Legal Instruments on Human Rights.
Dr. Aniruddha Rajput
Dr Aniruddha Rajput is a Member of the UN International Law Commission (2017-21). In 2016, at the age of 33, he became the youngest person to be elected into the ILC, receiving the highest number of votes in the Asia-Pacific group.
He was the Chairperson of the Drafting Committee at the 69th Session of the ILC. He proposed the topic ‘Evidence before International Courts and Tribunals’, which was added to the Long Term Programme of Work of the ILC in 2017. During 2017, he was a Practitioner-in-Residence at the Berlin Potsdam Research Group International Rule of La -Rise or Decline? based at the Humboldt University Berlin. He was a member of the Study Group Constituted by the Law Commission of India on the 2015 Draft Indian Model BIT and a member of the 5th Haryana State Finance Commission constituted under Article 243 I and Y of the Constitution of India. He practices in the field of public international law as a consultant with Withers LLP.
Professor Natalie Klein
Dr Natalie Klein is a Professor at UNSW Sydney’s Faculty of Law, Australia. She was previously at Macquarie University where she served as Dean of Macquarie Law School between 2011 and 2017, as well as Acting Head of the Department for Policing, Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism at Macquarie in 2013-2014. Professor Klein teaches and researches in different areas of international law, with a focus on law of the sea and international dispute settlement.
She has been a Visiting Fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at Cambridge University and MacCormick Fellow at the University of Edinburgh. Professor Klein provides advice, undertakes consultancies and interacts with the media on law of the sea issues.
Prior to joining Macquarie, Professor Klein worked in the international litigation and arbitration practice of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, served as counsel to the Government of Eritrea (1998-2002) and was a consultant in the Office of Legal Affairs at the United Nations. Her masters and doctorate in law were earned at Yale Law School and she is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law. Two of her most recent books deal with the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, namely Maritime Security and the Law of the Sea (Oxford University Press, 2011) and Dispute Settlement in the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, Cambridge University Press, 2005).
Professor B.S. Chimni
Dr B.S.Chimni was for over three decades Professor of International Law, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, retiring in 2017. He is former Vice Chancellor, National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata (2004-2006). He has been elected Associate Member, Institut de Droit International. He is also Member, Academic Council, Institute for Global Law and Policy, Harvard Law School. Professor Chimni is former Vice-President Asian Society of International law and Chair, Editorial Board, Asian Journal of International Law (AsJIL). He is at present Member of the Advisory Council of the Asian Society of International Law and Editorial Board AsJIL. He is also Former Member, External Research Advisory Board, UNHCR, 1996-2000.
Professor Chimni has been a Visiting Professor at Brown University, Tokyo University and American University in Cairo. He has held visiting scholar/fellow positions at Harvard, Cambridge, York (Canada) and Lund universities and at Max Planck Institute of Comparative and International Law, Heidelberg.
Professor Chimni is Editor-in-Chief of the Indian Journal of International Law. He is also member of the International Editorial Board of several reputed journals including the Asian Journal of International law, American Journal of International Law, Journal of Refugee Studies, and International Journal of Refugee Law.
Professor Chimni has delivered several prestigious invited lectures including the Eighth Grotius Lecture at the Centennial Meeting of the American Society of International Law in Washington (2006), the Sir Kenneth Bailey Memorial Lecture at Melbourne Law School (2007), the keynote address to Australian and New Zealand Society of international Law (2014), and the first Harrell-Bond Lecture at Centre for Refugee Studies, Oxford University (1999).
His central research interest is to elaborate in association with a group of like-minded scholars a critical third world approach to international law (TWAIL). His areas of research interest are international economic law, international refugee law, and international legal theory. His most recent publications include International Law and World Order: A Critique of Contemporary Approaches (2017) Second Edition; and “Customary International Law: A Third World Perspective”, American Journal of International Law” (2018).
Professor Mariko Kawano
Professor Mariko Kawano is Professor of International Law at the Faculty of Law, Waseda University (Tokyo, Japan) (2004-). Prior to this, she was an Assistant Professor and an Associate Professor of International Law at the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Tsukuba (1990-2004). She was a visiting fellow at the University of Paris II (Panthéon-Assas) (October 1996-October 1997).
She was a member of the Executive Board of Japanese Association of International Law (Member of the Executive Board (2003-2012), is a member of the Executive Board of the World Law Association (2004-), and is a Membre du Conseil et de la Comité scientifique international d’évaluation of the Association internatioanle du Droit de la mer (2014-).
Professor Kawano has conducted research, mainly, in peaceful settlement of international disputes, law of the sea, international responsibility of States, and international investment law. She gave a special course in the Hague Academy of International Law in 2009 on ‘The Role of Judicial Procedures in the Process of the Pacific Settlement of International Disputes’ and the lecture was published in the Recueil des cours, Vol. 346 (2009), pp. 9-473. Her lectures are also provided in the Audio-visual Library of the United Nations. In addition to academic activities, Professor Kawano has worked with Japan’s various Ministries as an adviser.
Professor Carsten Stahn
Professor Carsten Stahn is Professor of International Criminal Law and Global Justice and Programme Director of the Leiden University Grotius Centre for International Studies at The Hague, and Professor of Public International Law and International Criminal Justice at Queen’s University Belfast. He has previously worked as Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (2000-2003), as Legal Officer in Chambers of the International Criminal Court (2003-2007) and as Reader in Public International Law and International Criminal Justice at Swansea University. He obtained his PhD degree (summa cum laude) from Humboldt University Berlin after completing his First and Second State Exam in Law in Germany. He holds LL.M. degrees from New York University and Cologne/Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne).
His work has been cited in the jurisprudence of the ICC, the ICJ and the European Court of Human Rights. He is author of The Law and Practice of International Territorial Administration: Versailles to Iraq and Beyond (CUP, 2008/2010), which received the Ciardi Prize 2009 of the International Society for Military Law and the Law of War. He has published over 70 articles/essays in different fields of international law and edited several collections of essays in the field. His most recent books include The Law and Practice of the International Criminal Court (OUP, 2015), Environmental Protection and Transitions from Conflict to Peace (OUP, 2017) and a Critical Introduction to International Criminal law (CUP, 2019).
Professor Cai Congyan
Dr Cai Congyan is a Professor of Law at Xiamen University School of Law, People’s Republic of China. His teaching and research fields cover Public International Law, International Investment Law and Chinese approaches to International Law. He also directs the International Economic Law Institute of his home university, where he finished his bachelor’s degree in history and his master’s and doctorate degrees in law.
He was a Fulbright Scholar and Global Research Fellow at New York University School of Law (2011-2012), Visiting Professor at Columbia Law School(2014), Visiting Professor at Kobe University School of Law (2015, 2016) and Senior Research Fellow at Humboldt University School of Law (2016). His scholarly works documenting China’s grand strategy as a ‘New Great Power’ in international law have been widely published in top Chinese and English-language law journals. His book, The Rise of China and International Law: Taking Chinese Exceptionalism Seriously – due for publication this year by the Oxford University Press – is an expanded treatment and argument about such strategy, and would be required reading for those who wish to understand the thinking behind the Chinese drive for dominance of international law/relations.
Professor Shin-Ichi Ago
PROFESSOR SHIN-ICHI AGO is Professor of Law at Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto and Professor Emeritus of Kyushu University (former Law Dean and Vice-President). He received both his LL.B. and LL.M. from the University of Tokyo, and obtained his Doctorat ès Sciences Politiques from the University of Geneva (IUHEI), specializing in public international law.
He taught in numerous universities in Japan, as well as abroad, including Thammasat University, Chulalongkorn University, Singapore National University, National Taiwan University, Peking University, UC Santa Clara, University of Victoria, Canada, and Sciences Po Bordeaux, France.
He has advised many governmental institutions in Japan and international organizations. He has been member of the Science Council of Japan and held the position of chairperson of its Human Rights Committee. Since 2013, he is Judge at the Asian Development Bank Administrative Tribunal and since 2015, he is member of the ILO’s Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendation.
His representative publications (in English) include: ILO’s Supervision and Japan (1995); A Crossroad of International Protection of Human Rights and International Trade: Is the Social Clause a Relevant Concept? (1999); ‘Clash’ of Operational and Normative Activities of International Institutions (2001); Labour Law in Asia: International Labour Standards in Economic Development (2003); and Corporate Social Responsibility and its Implication for Public International Law (2009).
He is a member of the Executive Council of the Asian Society of International Law and of the Philippine Planning Committee of its 7th Biennial Conference in Manila.
Professor Upendra D. Acharya
PROFESSOR UPENDRA D. ACHARYA is a professor and Norman & Rita Roberts Scholar at Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane, Washington D.C. He served as an associate professor at the Faculty of Law, Tribhuvan University and practiced law in the Supreme Court of Nepal.
He has represented landmark cases in the Supreme Court of Nepal, including a daughter’s right to inherent property, and the Godabary Marble case that resulted in the passage of the first Environmental Protection Act in Nepal. He has been visiting professor at several law schools, including in Brazil, France, China, India, Italy, Lebanon, and Mexico.
He is currently a vice president of the Asian Society of International Law and a co-chair of the Planning Committee of the AsianSIL Biennial Manila Conference 2019. He also serves as the chair of the Human Rights Special Interest Group of the Society. He is a founding member of Global Policy Forum for Nepal, a global think tank headquartered in London.
Professor Acharya has presented papers on human rights, humanitarian law, international economic law and other areas of international law in North and South America, Middle East, Europe and Asia. He has written extensively on cutting-edge issues of international law, including terrorism, U.S. Foreign Policy, globalization, international economic law, and human rights and human security.
He hold an S.J.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School, an LL.M. from the University of Utah College of Law, an M.C.L. from the University of Delhi Faculty of Law, India and an LL.B. from Tribhuvan University Faculty of Law, Kathmandu, Nepal.
Professor Simon Chesterman
PROFESSOR Simon CHESTERMAN is Dean of the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law. He is also Editor of the Asian Journal of International Law. Educated in Melbourne, Beijing, Amsterdam, and Oxford, Professor Chesterman's teaching experience includes periods at the Universities of Melbourne, Oxford, Southampton, Columbia, and Sciences Po. From 2006-2011, he was Global Professor and Director of the New York University School of Law Singapore Programme.
Prior to joining NYU, he was a Senior Associate at the International Peace Academy and Director of UN Relations at the International Crisis Group in New York. He has previously worked for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Yugoslavia and interned at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.
Professor Chesterman is the author or editor of seventeen books, including Law and Practice of the United Nations (with Ian Johnstone and David M. Malone, OUP, 2016); One Nation Under Surveillance (OUP, 2011); You, The People (OUP, 2004); and Just War or Just Peace? (OUP, 2001). He is a recognized authority on international law, whose work has opened up new areas of research on conceptions of public authority - including the rules and institutions of global governance, state-building and post-conflict reconstruction, the changing role of intelligence agencies, and the emerging role of artificial intelligence and big data. He also writes on legal education and higher education more generally.
Professor Antony T. Anghie
PROFESSOR ANTONY ANGHIE qualified as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria and practised law in Melbourne, Australia before commencing his graduate studies at Harvard Law School, where he earned his S.J.D degree, and where he also served as a MacArthur Scholar at the Harvard Center for International Affairs and a Senior Fellow in its Graduate Program.
He then taught at the S.J.Quinney School of Law, University of Utah, where he served as the Samuel D. Thurman Professor of Law. He has been a visiting professor at numerous schools including the American University Cairo, Cornell Law School, the London School of Economics,Harvard Law School and the University of Brasilia. He has served in different capacities on the governing bodies of the Asian Society of International Law since its founding, and was a principal organizer of the Society's biennial Conference in Beijing in 2011. He delivered the Grotius Lecture at the annual meeting of the American Society of International Law in 2010.
In 2005, his book Imperialism, Sovereignty and the Making of International Law was published by Cambridge University Press, considered one of the founding documents of what is now called Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL). In July this year, Professor Anghie will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws by the University of Kent for his path-breaking scholarship in postcolonial international law.
Dr. Astrid Reisinger Coracini
Dr ASTRID REISINGER CORACINI is Lecturer at the University of Salzburg and Director of the Salzburg Law School on International Criminal Law, Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law (SLS). She has been closely involved in SLS since 2001, first as Research Assistant of Prof. Triffterer, as Executive Director of SLS from 2005 to 2013, and as Director since then. She also serves as Postdoctoral Researcher and Lecturer at the University of Vienna Department of European, International and Comparative Law.
Her extensive body of research and writing spans International Criminal Law, International Humanitarian Law, International Human Rights Law, the Sources of International law, and the Prohibition on the Use of Force in International Law. Among many prestigious professional bodies, she is a member of the Scientific Council, Global Institute for the Prevention of Aggression, the Advisory Board, Austrian Research Center for Post War Trials, the International Law Association (ILA), the European Society of International Law (ESIL, the American Society of International Law (ASIL) , the Association Internationale de Droit Pénal (AIDP), the Österreichischer Völkerrechtstag (Austrian International Lawyers’ Association), and the Austrian Society of Women in International Law.
Professor Nikolas M. Rajkovic
Dr Nikolas M. Rajkovic is Professor and Chair of International Law at Tilburg University (The Netherlands), and is an Adjunct Professor in International Law and International Relations at Kyung Hee University (South Korea), and an Adjunct Professor in Transnational Law at the Université de Sherbrooke (Canada).
He came to the Netherlands from the University of Kent (UK), where in 2015 he won the Faculty of Social Sciences Prize for Early Career Research. Nikolas is senior faculty, and an Academic Council member, at the Harvard Law School’s Institute for Global Law and Policy (IGLP). In 2012-2013, he was awarded the Jean Monnet Fellowship in Global Governance by the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (Florence). He completed his Ph.D. at the European University Institute (2009) in the area of International Criminal Tribunals and the challenge of domestic compliance.
His academic works had been published by leading journals and publishers across international Law and international relations, notably Cambridge University Press, the European Journal of International Relations, and the Leiden Journal of International Law. Nikolas' current research examines the under-analyzed influence of geographic theories and cartography for how international lawyers visualize boundary practices and international authority.
Professor Ved P. Nanda
PROFESSOR Ved P. Nanda is a Distinguished University Professor and Thompson G. Marsh Professor of Law at the University of Denver, where he founded the International Legal Studies Program in 1972 and now directs the Ved Nanda Center for International and Comparative Law.
The Center was established in his honor by alumni and friends, who have also endowed a professorship in his name. He has received Honorary Doctorates of Law from Soka University, Tokyo, Japan, and Bundelkhand University, Jhansi, India, and has taught and lectured at several universities in the U.S. and abroad. He is also an Honorary Professor of Law at the University of Delhi, India.
Professor Nanda, who is also a Yale University Graduate Fellow, holds many leadership positions in the global international law community, including the World Jurist Association, American Society of International Law, International Law Association, American Law Institute, and the American Bar Association’s Human Rights Center and Section of International Law.
He has received numerous national and international awards, has authored or co-authored 24 books and over 225 chapters and law review articles in international and comparative law, writes a column for the Denver Post, and is a regular commentator in both the electronic and print media. In March 2018, President Ram Nath Kovind presented Professor Nanda with the Padma Bhushan, one of the highest civilian awards given by the Government of India. And in April 2018, the American Bar Association International Law Section conferred on him the Louis B. Sohn Award, for “distinguished, longstanding contributions to the field of public international law.”
Professor Jean Allain
PROFESSOR JEAN ALLAIN is Associate Dean (Research) of the Faculty of Law, Monash University. He is the leading legal scholar on issues of human trafficking and modern slavery, and special adviser to Anti-Slavery International, the world's oldest international human rights organisation. He is currently He is also Professor of International Law with the Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation (WISE) at the University of Hull, UK.
Professor Allain has most recently occupied the Chair of Public International Law at Queen's University, Belfast. He has a wealth of global experience.
Raised in Canada he wrote his master's thesis at the Inter-American Court, completed his Doctorate at the Graduate Institute of International Studies of the University of Geneva, clerked for the President of the International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, and taught at the American University of Cairo. Further, he holds visiting positions both with the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria in South Africa, and the Faculty of Law at Beijing Normal University.
Professor Allain also has a strong interest in the history of international law and is co-investigator on a major project to translate classic public international law texts from outside the western European tradition, including Islamic, Chinese, Indian and Russian approaches. For this project, the Oxford University Press is publishing this year his translation into English of the 1803 Edition of The Institutions of Natural Law and the Law of Nations, a standard treatise by the French scholar Joseph-Mathias Gérard de Rayneval, under the title The Last Waltz of the Law of Nations.
Professor Liliana Obregon
PROFESSOR LILIANA OBREGON is a professor of law and director of the LLM program in international law at the University of los Andes law school in Bogotá, Colombia. She received her first law degree (Abogada) from the same university; MA from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of the Johns Hopkins University, LLM (waived) and doctoral degrees (SJD) from Harvard University (Law School).
She was a research scholar at the University of Helsinki from 2009 to 2012 working under the direction of professors Martti Koskenniemi and Bo Strath on the project “Between Restoration and Revolution, National Constitutions and Global Law: an Alternative View on the European Century 1815-1914.”
Professor Obregón has also been a research fellow at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Institute for Global History and David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies; the Max Planck Institutes for Comparative and International Law in Heidelberg and European Legal History in Frankfurt.
She is on the academic advisory board of several journals including the Journal of the History of International Law produced by the Max Planck Institute in Heidelberg.
In addition to her teaching, research and writing commitments, Professor Obregón supports her students’ participation in international moot court competitions. Under her coordination and coaching Los Andes students won the 2008 ELSA Moot Court Competition on WTO Law and the 2009 World Championship of the Philip C. Jessup Moot Court Competition, as well as many prizes for best memorials and oralists.
In January this year, she was appointed senior fellow at the Berlin Potsdam Research Group on The International Rule of Law - Rise or Decline? Professor Obregón’s research focuses on international legal history and historiography, ideologies of historical narratives, global and transnational intellectual history, with a particular interest in peripheral histories, colonialism and forgotten actors and events of 19th and 20th century Americas and Europe.
Secretary General Christophe Bernasconi
Secretary General Christophe Bernasconi
Christophe Bernasconi is the fourth Secretary General of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH). He took office on 1 July 2013. In 2018, he was reappointed for a further term of five years. Dr Bernasconi had joined the Permanent Bureau in September 1997 as Secretary, became First Secretary in May 2000, and Deputy Secretary General in July 2011.
As Secretary General, Dr. Bernasconi is responsible for the administration of the HCCH and the operation of its Permanent Bureau (Secretariat). He has long-standing expertise in the fields of international civil procedural law, international commercial and finance law, international family and child protection law, as well as international legal cooperation. He designed and is the principal administrator of the electronic Apostille Program (e-APP). As Secretary General, his current focus is on implementing various strategic directions of the HCCH, including progress towards universality and further developing inclusiveness.
Dr. Bernasconi holds a law degree from Fribourg University in Switzerland (magna cum laude; bilingual German/French), an LL.M. degree in comparative law from McGill University in Montreal (Canada), and a doctoral degree in Private International Law from Fribourg University (summa cum laude).
Dr. Kennedy Gastorn
Kennedy Gastorn is the sixth Secretary-General of AALCO and assumed office in August 2016. He is an accomplished scholar and practitioner in international law. Prior to his current position, he had served in many capacities including the Director of International Affairs of the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; the Head of the Department of Public Law, and Associate Dean (Administration and Public Affairs), University of Dar es Salaam School of Law; National Coordinator of the Development Partners Basket Fund for Legal Sector Reform Working Group of the Legal Sector Reform Programme (LSRP) of Tanzania; member of the National Environmental Advisory Committee in the Vice President’s Office United Republic of Tanzania. He is also an Advocate at the High Court of Tanzania and Commissioner for Oaths and Notary Public. He completed his Bachelor and Master degrees in Law from the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Doctorate from the University of Bayreuth, Germany.
Hon. J. Eduardo Malaya
J. EDUARDO MALAYA
Ambassador Malaya is Assistant Secretary for Treaties and Legal Affairs and concurrently Acting Undersecretary for Administration at the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).
A career member of the Philippine Foreign Service since 1986, he served as Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia from September 2011 to March 2017, and earlier as DFA Spokesman from February 2009 to September 2011.
He is Vice President of the Philippine Society of International Law and a Member of Board of Editorial Consultants of the Philippine Yearbook of International Law.
He is the author/editor of eight books on international law, diplomacy and the Philippine presidency, notably:
“Forging Partnerships: Philippine Defense Cooperation under Constitutional and International Laws”, published in 2016;
“Enhancing International Legal Cooperation: Extradition, Mutual Legal Assistance, Transfer of Sentenced Persons, and Cooperation on Transnational Organized Crimes and Narcotic Drugs (Treaties, Laws and Procedures)” which was launched at the Department of Justice last month; and
“Treaties: Guidance to Practices and Procedures” which will be launched tomorrow at the Asian Society of International Law Conference.
Copies of these books are available at the University of the Philippines Law Center.
He has BA Economics (cum laude) and Juris Doctor (law) degrees, both from the
University of the Philippines in Diliman. He received a Distinguished Alumni Award (for Good Governance and Public Service – Diplomacy) from the University of the Philippines in August 2018.