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The Nomination of Professor ASADA Masahiko, Kyoto University, as a Candidate for Election to the International Law Commission (ILC) in 2021

January 10, 2020

1. The Government of Japan has decided to nominate Professor ASADA Masahiko, Kyoto University, as a candidate for election for membership of the International Law Commission to be held at the United Nations in autumn 2021.

2. Professor Asada, owning extensive knowledge over various fields of international law, has numerous achievements regarding international law in Japan and abroad, including as the President of the Japanese Society of International Law and the Board Member of the Japanese Association of World Law as well as considerable work experience in this field such as the Panel of Experts Established pursuant to Security Council Resolution 1874 (2009). The Government of Japan considers him to be the best candidate for upcoming election to the ILC.

3. Japan places great importance on establishing the "rule of law" from the viewpoint to bring about peace and prosperity of the international community and believes that the development of international law is essential. In light of the importance of the ILC, which aims for the progressive development of international law and its codification as an organ of the General Assembly of the United Nations and has made a large contribution to the development of international law, the Government of Japan will actively seek support of other states to Professor Asada.

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