Madoka Futamura was educated in Japan and the UK. She holds a Ph.D. in war studies from King’s College London, and also holds an M.Sc. in international relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a B.A. in law from Doshisha University (Kyoto, Japan). Before joining UNU in January 2008, she was a visiting research fellow with the War Crimes Research Group at King’s College London and taught courses related to international relations at Doshisha University. She has also received a RIPS-CGP Fellowship from the Research Institute for Peace and Security (Tokyo, Japan).
Dr. Futamura’s research interests include multidisciplinary subject areas such as transitional justice, peacebuilding, international peace and security. Her works include: War Crimes Tribunals and Transitional Justice: The Tokyo Trial and the Nuremberg Legacy (Routledge, 2008); Dark Histories, Brighter Futures? The Balkans and Black Sea Region― European Union Frontiers, War Crimes and Confronting the Past [Special Issue for Journal of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies, Vol.7, No.3, 2007] (co-eds with James Gow).
She has also contributed chapters for several books on human rights and international peace and security: ‘Transitional Justice in the Afghan Peacebuilding Process: The Potential and Limitations’ in Yuji Uesugi (ed.), Toward Bringing Stability in Afghanistan: A Review of the Peacebuilding Strategy, IPSHU English Research Report Series No.24 (2009); ‘Kokusai Hōteino Mokutekito Kinō: Nyurunberukuno Isanto Ikōkino Seigi no Kyōkun’ (Strategic Purposes of International War Crimes Trials: the Nuremberg Legacy and Lessons of Transitional Justice), in Toru Oga and Yoneyuki Sugita (eds.), Kokusaishakaino Igito Genkai: Riron, Shisō, Rekishi (Kokusai Shoin, 2008); ‘Adohokku Kokusai Keijisaibanshoto Posuto Reisenjidaino Kokusai Anzen Hoshō’ (International Criminal Tribunals and Post-Cold War International Peace and Security), in Ajia-Taiheiyō Jinken Jōhō Sentā, (ed.), Ajia-Taiheiyō Jinken Rebyu 2005 (Tokyo: Gendai Jinbunsha, 2005); and so on.