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The First Tokyo International Law Seminar

August 16, 2023

From August 21 to 24, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan organizes the first Tokyo International Law Seminar at the United Nations University, Tokyo. The outline of the event is as follows:

  1. The Tokyo International Law Seminar provides lectures by leading researchers and prominent practitioners in the field of international law, for officials and legal experts from the Indo-Pacific region, as well as for Japanese lawyers and international law researchers. The seminar aims to strengthen the rule of law in the region as well as human resources development in Japan in the field of international law.
  2. With the growing importance in recent years of maintaining and strengthening the international order based on the rule of law, the Ministry has decided to organize the first Tokyo International Law Seminar, which is based on but drastically expands the Japan-AALCO Training Course on Public International Law held in 2019, as one of the concrete steps of the New Plan for a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP)” announced by Prime Minister KISHIDA Fumio in March this year.
  3. The seminar will be accompanied by the “Asia Cup”, one of the largest international law moot court competition in Asia in the field, which has been held annually in Japan since 1999 for students from Asian countries.
  4. The Ministry hopes that the Tokyo International Law Seminar will contribute to the realization of peace guided by the rule of law by providing a forum for the sharing of knowledge and the fostering of networks among the people involved in international law.
(Reference) The Tokyo International Seminar is:
  • (a) organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan;
  • (b) co-organized by the Japan Federation of Bar Associations and the Japanese Society of International Law;
  • (c) supported by the United Nations University and the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization (AALCO); and
  • (d) sponsored by Anderson Mori & Tomotsune, Nishimura & Asahi, TMI Associates, Atsumi & Sakai, Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise), City-Yuwa Partners, Kitahama Partners, Koga & Partners, Momo-o, Matsuo & Namba, Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu, and Shinwa Law.

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