May 24, 2010
On, Monday, May 10, 2010, Mr. YANAI Shunji, Judge of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, delivered a special lecture titled "Peaceful settlement of international disputes ・its challenges and practices" to the class of the "International Cooperation JA" course. (instructor: APS Professor FUJIMURA Kazuhiro)
After commencing his career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1961, Judge YANAI served as Director General of the Treaty Bureau, Director General of the Foreign Policy Bureau, Director General of the Secretariat of the International Peace Cooperation Headquarters (Prime Minister's Office), Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the United States of America. He has been a Judge at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea since 2005.
Based on his long experience in the field of international law, Judge YANAI gave a lecture, while mentioning ample examples, about the basic principles of the Charter of the United Nations, means for the peaceful settlement of international disputes, the existing international courts and tribunals, their jurisdictions and judgments as well as constraints of the international judicial system.
Almost 300 students carefully listened to the special lecture. Some of them proactively asked questions to Judge YANAI.
OTA Akihide (APS2, Japan) gave his impressions of the lecture by saying "This was a valuable opportunity unique to the APU because I could attend the class of a lecturer who is currently working on the front line for international peace. Furthermore, learning about the jurisprudence of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea has given me a deeper understanding of its role. I would like to continue to study more about the international affairs". Other comments state "It was a very interesting lecture and Judge YANAI gave us a plain explanation of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea ・something that we seldom get the opportunity to know about" and "Having listened to the lecture by an expert, I have been able to deepen my understanding of the pacific settlement of international disputes".
Judge YANAI Shunji's special lecture was a very good occasion for the APU students who are strongly interested in the world affairs and the peaceful settlement of international disputes.