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New Year Issue (Jan.)


Hosting of an international symposium

Thinking about human rights promotion under the United Nations Treaties

More than 300 people attended the symposium

A white hot debate unfurled between researchers and businessmen

On November 4, EUIJ* (EU Institute in Japan) Waseda, along with the Delegation of the European Union to Japan, hosted "International Symposium: Promoting Human Rights in Japan Through UN Treaties" in the Okuma Auditorium.

In the first session, "How UN treaties can foster individual human rights", Faculty of Law Associate Professor Hiroyuki Banzai oversaw proceedings and had a lecture by United Nations Human Rights Committee member, Professor Michael O'Flaherty, followed by animated opinions exchanged by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and lawyers from the Japan Federation of Bar Associations. In the second session "The U.N. Treaties in practice: the Individual Complaint mechanism in Japan", there was a panel discussion with International Committee of Jurists members, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, lawyers from the Japan Federation of Bar Associations, and high-ranking officials from EU countries well versed in human rights issues.

Using this symposium as a motive, we can expect further developments related to the United Nations rights for individual complaints in Japan in the future.

*EUIJ receives a grant from the EU delegation, and is active in Japan - EU technology cooperation and promotion of educational exchanges. EUIJ Waseda is the first base in Japan to be managed by a university.