In his Keynote Presentation at The Asian Conference on the Social Sciences 2015 (ACSS2015) Prof. Yozo Yokota gave a very thorough and informative talk on his involvement with the United Nations and shares many of his personal experiences as UN Special Rapporteur to Myanmar. His presentation goes into great detail about the history of International Law and Human Rights at the UN and explains the various challenges the UN faces when dealing with governments found in violation of human rights. Prof. Yokota also describes the UN’s plans for achieving greater acceptance and adherence to a set of standardized human rights conventions. The presentation concludes with a call to action and explains how an interdisciplinary approach to his work and time at the UN helped him navigate extremely complicated and culturally sensitive ordeals.
Prof. 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.
Prof. Yokota was a Keynote Speaker at ACSS2015 in Kobe, Japan.