"Individual Communications Procedures before the UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies"

Max Planck Lecture Series
16:00 / 20 April 2016
Speaker: Professor Yuji IWASAWA (University of Tokyo)

Professor Yuji IWASAWA is Professor of International Law at the University of Tokyo Faculty of Law in Japan.

He is now on sabbatical leave in Paris as a chercheur invité au Centre de recherche sur les droits de l'homme et le droit humanitaire de l'Université Panthéon Assas.

Currently, he is a Vice-Chairperson of the Human Rights Committee under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (formerly a Chairperson), and an Associé de l'Institut de droit international.

Formerly, he was counsel for Japan in the Whaling in the Antarctic (Australia v. Japan: New Zealand intervening) case before the International Court of Justice, the Vice-President of the Asian Development Bank Administrative Tribunal (Manila), and a member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.


  • Professor of international law, Faculty of Law, University of Tokyo, Japan (since 2005)
  • Chercheur invité, Centre de recherche sur les droits de l'homme et le droit humanitaire, Université Panthéon Assas (since 2015)
  • Visiting Fellow, Lauterpacht Research Centre for International Law, Cambridge (1991-93, 1997, 2000-01)
  • Associé, Institut de droit international (since 2015)
  • Member, Human Rights Committee (since 2007); Chairperson (2009-11), Vice-Chairperson (2011-13, since 2015), Special Rapporteur on Follow-up to Views (2013-15)
  • Counsel for Japan, International Court of Justice, Whaling in the Antarctic
  • Judge, Asian Development Bank Administrative Tribunal (2004-13); Vice-President (2010-13)
  • Member, United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (2002-04)
  • Director for Research Planning, Japanese Society of International Law (since 2014)


  • S.J.D., School of Law, University of Virginia, 1997
  • LL.M., Harvard Law School, 1978
  • LL.B., Faculty of Law, University of Tokyo, 1977

Principal Publications:

  • International Law, Human Rights, and Japanese Law: The Impact of International Law on Japanese Law (Oxford University Press, 1998)
  • Domestic Applicability of Treaties: What are “Self-executing” Treaties? (Yuhikaku, 1985) (Japanese)
  • Dispute Settlement in the WTO (Sanseido, 1995) (Japanese)
  • Lectures on International Law (co-edited, Yuhikaku, 2d ed., 2010) (Japanese)
  • International Law Documents (editor-in-chief, published annually, Yuhikaku) (Japanese)
  • "Domestic Application of International Law", Recueil des cours de l'Académie de La Haye (forthcoming)

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