“Beneath or Beyond? The Question of Individual Rights at the United Nations Security Council”, a Conversation with Machiko Kanetake


  • DATE / TIME:
    2018•06•20    18:30 - 19:30

    On 20 June 2018, UNU will host “Beneath or Beyond? The Question of Individual Rights at the United Nations Security Council”, a conversation with Machiko Kanetake, Assistant Professor of Public International Law at Utrecht University. This event will start at 6:30 p.m. at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo.

    The UN Security Council, one of the six principal organs of the United Nations, was accorded by the UN Charter to maintain and, if necessary, restore international peace and security. This notably includes calling upon other member nations to completely or partially interrupt economic relations; and, enforce its decisions by any means necessary, including militarily. Whereas originally these measures were understood to be applicable against nations and states, the UN Security Council has increasingly been exercising its authority over individuals. The disparity brought about by the layers of political distance in such cases raises pertinent questions. To what extent is the UN Security Council bound by international law? Which recourses are available to individuals who feel unjustly treated?

    Dr Kanetake will join Dr Thomas Dörfler, JSPS-UNU Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the UNU Centre for Policy Research, for a conversation examining the legal rights of individuals and due process at the UN Security Council.

    The UNU Conversation Series aims to foster audience participation: you are encouraged to engage with the speakers during the conversation and at the reception that will follow, where all audience members are invited to enjoy the food and drinks that will be served while exchanging ideas and making new contacts.

    Please note that this event will be in English only; Japanese interpretation will not be provided. Advance registration (by 19 June) is required. Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page.

    About the speaker

    Dr Machiko Kanetake is Assistant Professor of Public International Law at Utrecht University. She specialises in international security law and its interactions with human rights law. Dr Kanetake has held various researcher and fellowship positions at the University of Amsterdam, New York University School of Law, University of Sydney, Harvard Law School, and King’s College in London. She is also the author of The UN Security Council and Domestic Actors: Distance in International Law.

    Dr Kanetake received her doctorate degree from Kyoto University. She also received an LLM at the London School of Economics and an MA in Law at the University of Sheffield.


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