Politics, Law & International Relations

  • Mr Michael Liam Kedzlie
    Mr Michael Liam Kedzlie
    Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand
  • Dr Yukinori Komine
    Dr Yukinori Komine
    Harvard University, USA
  • Dr Craig Mark**
    Dr Craig Mark**
    Tokyo Denki University, Japan
  • Professor Frank S. Ravitch*
    Professor Frank S. Ravitch*
    Michigan State University College of Law, USA
  • Professor Yozo Yokota*
    Professor Yozo Yokota*
    Center for Human Rights Affairs, Japan
  • Professor Haruko Satoh*
    Professor Haruko Satoh*
    Osaka University, Japan
Mr Michael Liam Kedzlie
Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand

Biography

Michael Liam Kedzlie is IAFOR's former Research and Policy Manager - a position he held from 2013 to 2016 - and the former editor of Eye Magazine. He has worked in the tertiary education sectors in both New Zealand and Japan and has in the past worked as a Parliamentary Assistant for a New Zealand MP, as well as in the New Zealand Tourism Industry. Michael has a Master’s degree in Education from Massey University as well as a Law degree from the University of Waikato Law School. He is an enrolled Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand and has broad interests within the Law, Public Policy and Politics.

Dr Yukinori Komine
Harvard University, USA

Biography

Yukinori Komine, PhD, is an Associate in Research at the Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Harvard University, USA. He is an internationally trained political scientist whose area of expertise is US Foreign Policy and International Relations of the Asia-Pacific Region.

Dr Craig Mark**
Tokyo Denki University, Japan

Biography

Dr Craig Mark is currently an assistant professor at the School of Information Environment, at Tokyo Denki University, Japan. He has previously been a lecturer in politics and international relations at Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan, and Macquarie University and the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, Australia. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Government from the University of Sydney, a Master of Arts (International Relations) from the Australian National University, and a PhD from the School of Politics and International Relations at UNSW. He is the author of The Abe Restoration, recently published by Rowman & Littlefield, and is also a contributor to The Conversation and Business Spectator. He is also presently the Editor of the IAFOR Journal of Politics, Economics & Law.

**Dr Craig Mark is the editor of the IAFOR Journal of Politics, Economics & Law.

Professor Frank S. Ravitch*
Michigan State University College of Law, USA

Biography

Frank S. Ravitch is Professor of Law and the Walter H. Stowers Chair in Law and Religion at the Michigan State University College of Law, and Director of the Kyoto, Japan Summer Program. He is the author of several books: Marketing Intelligent Design: Law And The Creationist Agenda (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2011); Masters Of Illusion: The Supreme Court And The Religion Clauses (NYU Press 2007); Law And Religion, A Reader: Cases, Concepts, And Theory, 2nd Ed. (West 2008) (First Ed. 2004); Employment Discrimination Law (Prentice Hall 2005) (with Pamela Sumners and Janis McDonald); and School Prayer And Discrimination: The Civil Rights Of Religious Minorities And Dissenters (Northeastern University Press, 1999 & paperback edition 2001). Professor Ravitch has also published a number of law review articles addressing U.S. and Japanese constitutional law, law & religion, and civil rights law in leading journals. Moreover, he has written a number of amicus briefs addressing constitutional issues to the United States Supreme Court.

In 2001, Professor Ravitch was named a Fulbright Scholar and served on the Faculty of Law at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan. Currently, he directs the Michigan State University College of Law Japan summer programme. Professor Ravitch regularly serves as an expert for print and broadcast media, and speaks on topics related to U.S. Constitutional Law, Japanese Law, and Israeli Law to a wide range of national, international and local organisations. He speaks English, Japanese, and Hebrew.

Professor Frank S. Ravitch is a member of IAFOR’s Academic Governing Board. He is Chair of the Ethics, Religion & Philosophy section of the International Academic Advisory Board.

*Professor Frank S. Ravitch is attached to more than one section of the International Academic Advisory Board.

Professor Yozo Yokota*
Center for Human Rights Affairs, Japan

Biography

Professor Yozo Yokota is an internationally renowned jurist and teacher of international law, international economic law and international human rights law. He is currently President of the Japanese Center for Human Rights Education and Training, Special Advisor of the Japanese Ministry of Justice, and a Member of the Committee of Experts of the International Labour Organization, and Commissioner, International Commission of Jurists. Professor Yokota started his career as Legal Counsel to the World Bank in Washington, D.C., before holding professorships in international law at International Christian University (Tokyo), the University of Tokyo, and Chuo Law School. He has also held visiting professorships at the University of Adelaide (Australia), and the law schools of the University of Michigan and Columbia University. As an internationally respected proponent of human rights, he has extensively advised the United Nations, serving as the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Myanmar between 1992 and 96 and a Member of the UN Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights between 2000 and 2007.

*Professor Yozo Yokota is attached to more than one section of the International Academic Advisory Board.

Professor Haruko Satoh*
Osaka University, Japan

Biography

Haruko Satoh is Specially Appointed Professor at the Graduate School of Engineering Science in charge of CAREN (Osaka University Centre for the Advancement of Research and Education Exchange Networks in Asia) and also lecturer at the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP), where she runs MEXT Reinventing Japan project on “Peace and Human Security in Asia (PAHSA)” with six Southeast Asian and four Japanese universities. In the past she has worked at the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA), Chatham House, and Gaiko Forum. Her interests are primarily in state theory, Japanese nationalism and identity politics. Recent publications include: “Rethinking Security in Japan: In Search of a Post-‘Postwar’ Narrative” in Jain & Lam (eds), Japan’s Strategic Challenges in a Changing Regional Environment (World Scientific, 2012); “Through the Looking-glass: China’s Rise as Seen from Japan”, (co-authored with Toshiya Hoshino), Journal of Asian Public Policy, Vol. 5, No. 2, pp. 181-198 (July 2012); “Post-3.11 Japan: A Matter of Restoring Trust?”, ISPI Analysis No. 83 (December 2011); “Legitimacy Deficit in Japan: The Road to True Popular Sovereignty” in Kane, Loy & Patapan (eds), Political Legitimacy in Asia: New Leadership Challenges (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), “Japan: Re-engaging with China Meaningfully” in Tang, Li & Acharya (eds), Living with China: Regional States and China through Crises and Turning Points, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).

Professor Haruko Satoh is a member of IAFOR’s Academic Governing Board. She is Chair of the Politics, Law & International Relations section of the International Academic Advisory Board.

*Professor Haruko Satoh is attached to more than one section of the International Academic Advisory Board.