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LCIL Partner Fellow

Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs

​Tomohiro Mikanagi is a Visiting Fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, and also a Lauterpacht Linked Partner Fellow representing the International Legal Affairs Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. He is based in London working for the Embassy of Japan as a Minister and the Head of the Political Section.

In 1991, he graduated from University of Tokyo with BA in law, and, from 1992 to 1994, he studied international law at Robinson College, Cambridge, for Diploma in International Law and LL.M (international law).

At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs he served as a Principal Deputy Director of the International Legal Affairs Division from 2003 to 2007 and became Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of Japan to the UN in NY. As a Counsellor at the Japanese Mission he represented Japan in the Sixth Committee and participated in the Security Council discussion on various issues including sanctions against DPRK. He also represented Japan in such subsidiary bodies of the Council as the Al-Qaeda and Taliban Sanctions Committee, the Counter-Terrorism Committee and the Committee on ICTY and ICTR. He was also a member of the bureau for the ICC Assembly of States Parties.

In 2009, he moved to Beijing and became a Counsellor at the Political Section of the Embassy of Japan in China. In 2012, he went back to Tokyo and became Director of the United Nations Policy Division. From 2013 to 2017 he served as Director of the International Legal Affairs Division. As a director responsible for the interpretation and application of international law, ICJ, ILC, ICC and other legal issues, he participated in various negotiations and conferences involving legal issues.

He has been giving lectures on international law at various universities in Japan, including Kobe University, Waseda University, Chuo University, International University of Japan, Tokyo University and Sophia University, as a part-time lecturer.

He is a member of the Japanese Society of International Law and served as a member of its executive council. He also served as an associate editor of the Japanese Yearbook of International Law in the Japan Branch of the International Law Association.

His main research interest lies in the prohibition of use of force and peaceful settlement of dispute. He wrote an article on “The Legal Basis of Missile Defense – An Examination of the Japanese Situation”, which was published in The Japanese Annual of International Law, No.48, 2005.

Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs