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LCIL Partner Fellow

Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Tomohiro Mikanagi is Deputy Director-General of the International Legal Affairs Bureau (Deputy Legal Advisor), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan.

From 2017 to 2019 he was  a Visiting Fellow at the Centre, while he was based in London as Minister and the Head of the Political Section at the Embassy of Japan. As a Visiting Fellow, he co-organized two international workshops at the Centre in 2018 and 2019, which were titled “International Law and Cyber Security” and “The Future of Multilateralism”. He also published an article titled “Establishing a Military Presence in a Disputed Territory: Interpretation of Article 2(3) and (4) of the UN Charter” in ICLQ vol. 67, 2018, based on his research at the Centre.

In 1991, he graduated from University of Tokyo, 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, after working in economic and security areas, from 2003 to 2007, he served as a Principal Deputy Director of the International Legal Affairs Division, which is responsible for the interpretation and application of international law, ICJ, ILC, ICC and other legal issues. In 2007, he move to NY and became Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of Japan to the UN. At the UN, 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.

In 2009, he moved to Beijing and became 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, and, from 2013 to 2017, he served as Director of the International Legal Affairs Division.

After spending two years in UK as Minister at the Embassy and Visiting Fellow at the Centre, from 2019, he is serving at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Deputy Legal Advisor, overseeing the conclusion of international agreements and dealing with various other issues relating to international law.

Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs