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ABE FELLOWSHIP COLLOQUIUM
Why Do States Join the International Criminal Court? The Case of Japan, 1997-2007

ABE FELLOWSHIP COLLOQUIUM

The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP) and the Social Science Research Council will jointly conduct a colloquim.

Why Do States Join the International Criminal Court?
The Case of Japan, 1997-2007

Japan ratified the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on July 17, 2007, nine years after 120 nations voted to adopt the treaty and five years after it entered into force. To account for the puzzling and unique delay, Prof. Jens Meierhenrich presents a longitudinal analysis of Japan’s international behavior, placing the executive and legislative dimensions of the negotiations in historical perspective. The presentation explicates the instrumental function--means and ends--of international law as well as its expressive function--norms and values--and their salience in Japan. Revisiting the country's entry into international society and the nineteenth century debate over a "standard of civilization" helps to explain the meaning of international law in Japan. The sociological dimension, Meierhenrich argues, is the key to understanding the case of the ICC treaty.

Date:

Monday, September 3   6:00-8:00 p.m.   An informal reception follows.

Venue:

The Japan Foundation Conference Hall

Speaker:

Jens Meierhenrich
Visiting Professor, University of Tokyo / Abe Fellow (2004)

Discussants:

Nisuke Ando
Professor Emeritus, University of Kyoto
Keiko Ko
Professor, Mie University / Abe Fellow (2001)

Biographical Information

Jens Meierhenrich was a Rhodes Scholar and teaches government at Harvard University. He recently served in Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and previously worked with Luis Moreno Ocampo, the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. His publications include a genocide trilogy forthcoming from Princeton University Press. He is presently a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Tokyo.

Note: Simultaneous interpretation will be available. Admission is free.
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