Politics, Law & International Relations

  • Dr Keiichi Ogawa*
    Dr Keiichi Ogawa*
    Kobe University, Japan
  • Dr Joel Campbell
    Dr Joel Campbell
    Troy University, Japan
  • Linda Toyo Obayashi
    Linda Toyo Obayashi
    The World Bank Group
  • Professor Denis Binder*
    Professor Denis Binder*
    Chapman University, USA
  • Dr Eddie Bruce-Jones
    Dr Eddie Bruce-Jones
    Birkbeck College School of Law, University of London, UK
  • 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
  • Mr Michael Liam Kedzlie
    Mr Michael Liam Kedzlie
    Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand
  • Professor Haruko Satoh*
    Professor Haruko Satoh*
    Osaka University, Japan

The role of the International Academic Advisory Board is to provide advice and expertise in support of IAFOR’s mission and activities. Members are appointed by the President of IAFOR to one or more academic sections, depending on their individual area(s) of expertise.

Membership of the IAAB is for three years, renewable once, and is by invitation only. Journal Editors are ex-officio members of the Board for the length in which they serve.

The IAAB is organised into three academic divisions, and then further into sections, each of which has a Chair responsible for academic programmes and publications, and who serves as a representative on the Academic Governing Board.


I – Education & Language Learning


II – Social Sciences & Sustainability


III – Arts, Humanities, Media & Culture

Dr Keiichi Ogawa*
Kobe University, Japan

Biography

Dr Keiichi Ogawa is a Professor/Department Chair in the Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies at Kobe University in Japan, where he teaches the human capital development, education finance/administration, and development management. His research interest lies in economics of education, education finance, and comparative international education.

His professional experiences include serving as Education Economist at the World Bank, Senior Advisor at the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), Advisor at the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Consultant at the Asia Development Bank (ADB), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), UNICEF and UNESCO, and Advisory Committee Member at the Japanese Ministry of Education (MEXT). He has also served in various graduate schools, including Honorary Professor at Kyrgyz National University, Visiting Professor at Columbia University, and Adjunct Professor at George Washington University.

He has served as a Governing Board Member of the UNESCO IIEP, Secretary General/Board Member of the Japan Society for International Development (JASID), and Board Member of the Japan Comparative Education Society (JCES). He has also served on the Advisory Editorial Board for BAICE (British Association for International & Comparative Education), Lao Journal of Economics and Management, and Souphanouvong Academic Journal, as well as Editorial Board Member for Comparative Education (Japan Comparative Education Society), Journal of Economics and Business Administration, Journal of International Cooperation Studies, Africa Education Research Journal, and Journal of International Educational Cooperation.

Professor Ogawa received Distinguished Services Awards from the Yemeni Ministry of Education, in 2005 and 2009 and from the Lao Ministry of Education and Sports, in 2011 and 2018, for his contributions to the development of education. He also received the Early Career Award from Teachers College, Columbia University, in 2009; the President's Award from Kobe University, in 2010; the Professional Achievement Award from Hawaii Pacific University, in 2011; and the Evaluation Award from the Prime Minister of Uganda, in 2014.

He has worked on development assistance activities in over 30 countries and has co-authored or co-edited six books and over 70 journal articles/book chapters. Many of these works are related to educational development and cooperation in international settings. He holds his PhD in Comparative International Education and Economics of Education from Columbia University.

*Dr Keiichi Ogawa is attached to more than one section of the International Academic Advisory Board.

Dr Joel Campbell
Troy University, Japan

Biography

Joel Campbell is an Associate Professor of Political Science in the Pacific Region (Japan and Korea) of the Global Campus program of Troy University, a United States University in Japan. He teaches in the Masters of Science in International Relations (MSIR) program and has had a life-long interest in East Asia and International Politics. Dr Campbell was born in Ohio, grew up in Texas, and has lived in Arizona, Missouri, and Tennessee. He was awarded a doctorate in political science from Miami University (Ohio), and a Masters of Public Affairs (M.P.A.) from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. Following this he worked in several governmental offices, including the Texas House Speaker’s office and the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Dr Campbell has taught at Tohoku University, Miyazaki International College and Kansai Gaidai University in Japan, as well as at three universities in Korea, and has previously been an editor for a Japanese securities firm. He has also published extensively on his principal research interests, the politics and political economy of Northeast Asia, along with technology policy and international security. Dr Campbell has written numerous articles for academic journals on topics ranging from combating terrorism and money laundering to European Union economic integration and technology policy. The bulk of his publications have focused on the politics and political economy of East Asia, especially in Japan, South Korea, and China. Dr Campbell is also a contributor to IAFOR’s online magazine, THINK.

Linda Toyo Obayashi
The World Bank Group

Biography

Linda Toyo Obayashi, attorney mediator, is currently the Senior Mediation Officer, The World Bank Group, Internal Justice System. She received degrees from the International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan and Rutgers School of Law, Newark, New Jersey. Ms Obayashi’s experience as a mediator includes cases involving employment, commercial and domestic matters. She transitioned from a legal practice to the field of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), recognising that collaborative practices is an effective alternative to litigation. This alternative has been increasingly embraced internationally. Ms Obayashi has mediated well over 1000 cases for state and federal courts and agencies. A few of the rosters she has served on include: Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, United States Congress-Office of Compliance, Federal Shared Neutrals Program and she has provided training to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Department of the Treasury, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Department of Agriculture. Ms Obayashi’s community involvement includes the American Bar Association, Section of Dispute Resolution, council and the Maryland Chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution, past president. She was a founding member of the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia and was recognised as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women.

Professor Denis Binder*
Chapman University, USA

Biography

Professor Binder’s career teaching law spans 4½ decades. His primary teaching areas are Environmental Law, Torts and Toxic Torts. He has been involved with infrastructure issues for four decades, starting with the Legal Liability for Dam Failures. He received the National Award of Merit by the Association of State Dam Safety Officials in 1996.

His work includes emergency action planning, energy issues, the causes and responses to natural disasters and tragedies, and security issues, including cybersecurity and cyberbullying. He has written and spoken scores of times to academic, legal and professional audiences on these problems.

His recent research focuses on two aspects of disasters. The first is on natural and human risks in the environment, recognising that human development magnifies the risks of natural hazards. The second is the increasing application of criminal law in disasters and tragedies in the New Millennium.

Professor Binder received his LL.M., in 1971 and doctorate in law (S.J.D.) from the University of Michigan in 1973.

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

Dr Eddie Bruce-Jones
Birkbeck College School of Law, University of London, UK

Biography

Eddie Bruce-Jones (DPhil, Berlin; LLM, KCL; JD, Columbia; MA, Berlin; AB, Harvard) is Deputy Dean at Birkbeck College School of Law, University of London, where he teaches and researches in the areas of human rights, European law, legal theory, equality law and legal anthropology. He is author of Race in the Shadow of Law: State Violence in Contemporary Europe (Routledge, 2016), and co-author of the forthcoming Anti-Discrimination Law: Texts, Cases and Materials, 3rd Edition (with Aileen McColgan, Hart, 2019). His scholarly writing can be found in the Columbia Human Rights Law Review, Race & Class and the UCLA Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs. He currently serves as Assistant Director of Birkbeck’s Centre for Critical European Law and is a visiting scholar at the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History, in Frankfurt, Germany, for his ongoing research on the British colonial indenture system. He is a member of the New York Bar and an Associate Academic Fellow of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple. He serves on the Board of Governors of Birkbeck College, the Editorial Board of the Journal of Asylum, Immigration and Nationality Law, the Board of Trustees of the UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group and the Board of Directors of the Institute of Race Relations.

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 Walter H. Stowers Chair in Law in Religion at the Michigan State University College of Law. He also directs the MSU College of Law, Kyoto Japan Program. He is the author of Freedom’s Edge: Religious Freedom, Sexual Freedom, and the Future of America (Cambridge University Press, 2016) (Nominated for a Prose Award); Marketing Creation: The Law and Intelligent Design (Cambridge University Press 2012), Masters of Illusion: The Supreme Court and the Religion Clauses (NYU Press 2007); Law and Religion: Cases, Materials, and Readings (West 2004)(2nd Ed. 2008) (3rd Ed. 2015 with Larry Cata Backer), School Prayer and Discrimination: The Civil Rights of Religious Minorities and Dissenters (Northeastern University Press, 1999 & paperback edition 2001). He is co-author, with the late Boris Bittker and with Scott Idleman, of the first comprehensive treatise on Law and Religion in more than one hundred years, Religion and the State in American Law (Cambridge University Press 2015) (this project was supported by a generous grant from the Lilly Endowment). He is also co-author of, Employment Discrimination Law (Prentice Hall, 2005) (with Pamela Sumners and Janis McDonald).

Professor Ravitch's articles, which have appeared in a number of highly regarded journals, have primarily focused on law and religion in the US and Japan, but he has also written about civil rights law and disability discrimination. He has authored a number of amicus briefs to the US Supreme Court and has given numerous academic presentations nationally and internationally. In 2001, he was named a Fulbright scholar and served on the law faculty at Doshisha University (Japan). He has also made dozens of public presentations explaining the law before school groups, community groups, and service clubs and has served as an expert commentator for print and broadcast media.

Professor Ravitch’s current projects include a book on the Japanese Legal System (co-authored with Colin Jones), a chapter on law and religious tradition, and a project focusing on Law, Religion, and Authoritarianism. He speaks English and basic conversational 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.

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.

Professor Haruko Satoh*
Osaka University, Japan

Biography

Haruko Satoh is Specially Appointed Professor at the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP), where she teaches Japan’s relations with Asia and identity in international relations. She is also co-director of the OSIPP-IAFOR Research Centre and she was previously part of the 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: “China in Japan’s Nation-state Identity” in James DJ Brown & Jeff Kingston (eds) Japan’s Foreign Relations in Asia (Routledge, 2018); “Japan’s ‘Postmodern’ Possibility with China: A View from Kansai” in Lam Peng Er (ed), China-Japan Relations in the 21st Century (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017); “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, 5(2), 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 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.